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Timeless and revolutionary structures with none of the machines and materials available to modern engineers the series explores the full story behind nine magnificent structures that forever changed the landscape of architecture: the colosseum, the great pyramid, chartres cathedral, stpaul's cathedral, alhambra,.
Even before the gothic cathedral was built, chartres was a place of pilgrimage, albeit on a much smaller scale during the merovingian and early carolingian eras, the main focus of devotion for pilgrims was a well (now located in the north side of fulbert's crypt), known as the puits des saints-forts, or the 'well of the strong. The colosseum visits the iconic structure in the heart of rome to explain how its 1st century ad architects drained a lake the size of five football fields to chartres cathedral is a masterpiece of gothic architecture but behind its towering walls lies the tale of an intense power struggle between french aristocrats and the. For a chance to experience the mystery of the medieval church through statues, glass, and relics, france's chartres cathedral, just an hour from paris by train day or night, a pilgrimage to chartres leaves me wonderstruck by its cathedral spires and stained glass — and awestruck by the devotion of its medieval faithful. These are dramatic epics, full of jeopardy, wrong-turns, and the flashes of inspiration that turn amazing dreams into an even more awesome reality a canada – uk international treaty coproduction produced with the assistance of the rogers cable network fund, the canadian film or video production services tax credit.
That further accentuate the elongated nature of these figures they are frontally directed and maintain their own self-sufficient existence jamb figures, or column statues, became common in gothic portals from their early inclusion in the west portals at the royal abbey of saint-denis and chartres cathedral from the stylized. The cathedral of chartres and the mosque of cordoba are two of most beautiful and mystical buildings of medieval architecture although they come from different religions, the two buildings have some fascinating similarities rising into the sky above the french countryside are the tall towers of the.
Forces of light and darkness are battling for the soul of perhaps the finest of all medieval cathedrals – chartres, 70 miles south of paris should 800 years of dirt be left romantically intact or should the ceiling and internal walls, black and leprous with grime, be restored to their bright colours of 1225. On a hilltop in the french city of chartres stands a cathedral renowned as a testament to human builders inspired by faith in the divine one of the and donors have joined to help fund the government's work and ensure that chartres continues to inspire seekers, whether they come for god, beauty or both.