Architectural Analysis of Chartres Cathedral

It displays hundreds of sculptured religious figures as well as highly complex stained-glass windows.

The new cathedral integrated the transitional Gothic faASade as well as the south tower that were both survivors of the fire, thus preserving the sculptures of the Triple Royal Portal and its three stained-glass windows above. Abbe Suger's Abbey of Saint-Denis in Paris was the inspiration for the rest of the cathedral. The walls, piers, and flying buttresses expanded into what became the structure that supports the high-ceilinged vaults and colossal windows. Inside, the luminosity of the stained glass fills the entire church.

The copper roof and mismatched towers are the hallmark of Chartres. The relation of the west front to the towers was altered in the previous Romanesque era due to the cathedral's unsteady foundations. The front was originally much farther back, but the foundations were unable to support it, so it was taken down, stone by stone, and moved forwards onto steadier ground creating flatness in the faASade. This architect



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