Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 24, 2013: Madonna and Child, Chartes Cathedral, France

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Today's highlighted photo(s) come from one of the finest Gothic cathedrals in Europe, Chartres, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Chartres was built in the 12th century and is unique because it was constructed and furnished in only 66 years, a remarkably short time in an era when it often took centuries to complete such massive projects.  As such, the building has a harmony of architecture, stained glass and decor that represent the values of the time.  It’s long been a site of Christian pilgrimage.

 

In the spirit of Christmas Eve, today's highlighted photo is of the beautiful Blue Virgin window (above) — whose color was extremely rare during the 12th century.  A few other photos of Chartres' Madonna/child theme are below!

 

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Our Lady of the Pillar:  A 17th century dark wood sculpture of Mary and baby Jesus, draped in cloth

 

Chartres-2013-003aChoir Screen, highlights the life of Mary through 41 statue groups, from her birth to her death and ascent to heaven.  The three Magi (Wise Men) visiting Mary are illustrated above.

 

A view of the town:  Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 29, 2013: Chartres, F...

 

Merry Christmas to one and all!

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