Chartres Cathedral

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Chartres Cathedral has some of the most beautiful medieval stained glass windows to have survive the upheavals of the last 800 years. The earliest date from the mid 12th century, but most are from the 13th century.

 

During the French revolution a mob attacked the cathedral's north portal, but they were driven off by the people of the town. Before the Germans invaded, in 1939 , the stained glass was removed from the cathedral and hidden in the surrounding countryside.