Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Chartres Cathedral



























Built rather quickly after a fire, Chartres Cathedral was constructed according to the precepts of Sacred Geometry—or so one learns while researching the internet—the matter not being generally known. Being in it is like walking through a nautilus shell: one hears sound rather differently. Of course, that may be my imagination, but so it seemed in the time that I was there with Mr. Husband. It's truly one of the most inspiring places I have ever been in, and when in Paris again, we will makes the trip to see it again. The windows alone are extraordinary. Alas, we did not hear the organ, which is nestled high upon the transept. A guided tour, which is given at noon (don't be late), is worth taking, being given by an Englishman who has doing just that for the last 30 years or so. Really. It's an incredible place which you must experience yourself. 

4 comments:

  1. Thanks so much. As a 17 year old student I approached on a bus in 1967 and I'm still struggling to take it in, knowing I'll never visit again. The memory that stays with me is the approach, Chartres in the distance, standing alone, getting bigger as we approached, the most noble thing I'd ever seen. My first great cathedral is perhaps the greatest cathedral.

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Terry. I hope you see Chartres again—and me too. It's an amazing place. Funny how noble it seems even though the towers are not the same. Great indeed!

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  2. Years ago we drove from Amsterdam to Chartres on the way to Spain. It was closed – the only day in the year it was apparently. What I remember most is seeing it rise up out of the plain as we crested a rise and thinking how otherworldly it must have seemed to the pilgrims of its day. I also remember how, just before thieves running by us released tear gas in their wake, an American woman at the top of her voice said how as the wife of a retired diplomat she was thrilled she didn't have to travel with the rest of humanity. I remember too, as my eyes streamed with tear gas fumes, another voice from the crowd shout "F...k off, bitch" to her. I wonder how many people she turned off this country by her very stupid comment.Thirty years or so later I remember it as if it was yesterday.

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Blue. Oh, so sorry you did not see inside! Oh my. And the story you tell! Jesus! "Why do the wrong people travel, travel, travel, when the right people stay at home?" Comes to mind. Tear gas and Chartres? That would be hard to forget. We both must go back.

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