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!
Our Lady of the Pillar: A 17th century dark wood sculpture of Mary and baby Jesus, draped in cloth
A view of the town: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 29, 2013: Chartres, F...
Merry Christmas to one and all!