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    Chartres Cathedral

    UNESCO's World Heritage Site, 80 km SW of Paris, 113 m

    The construction of this finest Gothic cathedral was started in 1205 AD and it took 66 year to complete. The cathedral has stained glass windows, hundreds of sculptures, tunic believed to be worn by the Virgin Mary at Christ's birth and two spires (105 m and 113 m).

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    Bourges Cathedral
    UNESCO's World Heritage Site, 250 km from Paris

    This ancient Cathedral has a rare array of early 13th century stained glass windows. The cathedral's nave is 15 m wide by 37 m high.

    Rock sculpture : The smile of Saint Michael the Archangel, the smile of the naked youths who have been raised from the dead, and that of the Elect draped in long robes look up to Christ, majestic and welcoming on the tympanum of the Last Judgement, while Hell swarms with demons and creatures in the torments of despair.


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    Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris

    Notre Dame de Paris is one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. The period of construction was 1163 to 1240's. There are five bells on wheels at Notre Dame, of which Bourdon bell weighs 13 ton. The bells are currently rung by electric motors. The Notre Dame organ has 7,800 pipes, with 900 classified as historical. Video






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    Rheims Cathedral, 120 km from Paris
    This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site including the near by Abbey of Saint-Rémi church.

    This Gothic Cathedral has exceptional stained-glass windows, elegant masonry sculpture in the exterior. Has a length of 149.2 m (138.7 m interior length) and has twin towers of 81 m height.



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    Mont Saint Michel

    It was the first French site to be added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites in 1979. A golden statue of Saint Michael can be seen at the top of the church spire, protecting and overlooking the entire island. The island has a population of around 50, but it is visited by around 3.5 million people each year.
    Located near Rennes, France. It will take a day trip from Paris to Mont Saint Michel.

    It is a rocky, cone-shaped islet in northwestern France, in the Gulf of Saint-Malo, connected by a causeway with the mainland. The islet, celebrated for its Benedictine abbey, has small houses and shops on its lowest level. Above these stand the monastic buildings, many of which date from the 13th century and are considered outstanding examples of Gothic architecture. The entire islet is crowned by the abbey church, about 73 m above sea level.

    The tide varies greatly; roughly 15 metre between high and low water marks. This area also has some of the fastest moving tides. During the period when the tides shift the most, the sea pulls back 15 km from the coast and comes in again very quickly. Needless to say, it is dangerous to venture alone into the bay.

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    Strasbourg Cathedral

    Construction period was from 1015 to 1439 AD. Anteena spite has a height of 142 m. Cathedral is 112 m in length, exterior height of the central nave is 40 m. Wset facade has a Rose window having a diameter of 13.6 m. Stained glass windows, richly ornate baptismal font, richly ornate pulpit, tombstone, Suspended pipe organ, 15th century altars with paintings, 18 m astronomical clock are the main attractions of the Cathedral.

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    Bordeaux Cathedral
    UNESCO world heritage Site

    It is a Roman Catholic cathedral and the seat of the Archbishop of Bordeaux. The nave of Bordeaux Cathedral is 124 meters long and 23 meters tall. Bordeaux Cathedral has two mighty 81 m tall spires.

    Bordeaux Cathedral is the home to an old astronomical clock as well as several paintings by Flemish and Italian artists. Observation point is around 50 meters above ground (232 steps) gives a good view of the city.




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    Amiens Cathedral
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    The cathedral’s elaborately decorated exterior is worth watching. The Cathedral is 145 m long with a 112 m high spire and a 13 m diameter Rose Window.
    John the Baptist reliquary, weeping angel on a tomb, stained glass windows are the main attractions of the Cathedral. Located 120 km north of Paris.







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    Bayeux Cathedral

    Bayeux Cathedral is an ornate, Norman-Romanesque sanctuary and a treasured jewel in the town of Bayeux, France built between 11th and 13th centuries. Within the interior chapel and main altar, Bayeux's collection of stained glass windows are on display.

    Bayeux is around 200 km from Paris near Caen via Rouen (E46).






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    Rouen Cathedral

    The Cathedral has a length of 136.86 m, spire height of 151 m and was consecrated in 1063. The Cathedral has a vintage organ and 56 bells. Interior highlights include depictions of the crucifixion and celestial beings. The L'escalier de la Librairie is adorned with a rose window of stained glass, while the Chapelle de la Vierge houses the tombs of the d'Amboise cardinals. Cathedral has 13th century stained glass windows. Located 100 km from Paris.




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