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8.8.14 … Chartres is a great text come down nearly intact … And I walked and walked and walked and walked …

The Great France and Spain Adventure of 2014 (Day 4), Malcolm Miller, Chartres Cathedral labyrinth, Chartres Cathedrale Notre Dame.

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Four, yes 4, walks of the labyrinth, one climb of the the North Tower, the late gothic one, a phenomenal Malcolm Miller tour and a crypt tour. I have been here 6 hours and I would love to come again and soon!! It is solved by walking!! — at Chartres Cathedrale Notre Dame.

I was very excited to walk the Chartres labyrinth.  It was  a treat.  I had no idea if it would be crowded.  At dinner last night I explained to Donna that a labyrinth is not a maze, etc. etc.  I think that confusion scares many away.  Well, i absolutely loved the labyrinth.

The first walk was a bit of a fail.  There were people standing on it and not walking.  So I missed a turn. I was trying to record my walk too. Very silly.

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And the climb of the North Tower … 300 steps up … and 300 steps down …
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And I was so lucky to have a Malcolm Miller tour!!

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Without spending much time deciphering … here are my notes:

Windows 150
2nd week of June 1492
1450
Early 13th c
Portals 9
Sculptures 400
Didactic   … Before universities church educated.  And a famous school was here.
All inscriptions in Latin universal language of Europe.
Book … Chartres is a great text come down nearly intact
A bit of History
1700s Brits destroyed history .. Puritan
1800s French destroyed.  Chartres kept for 8 years as a centre of reason.
History of Chartres.
Latin word cathedra = seat
Basilica = large building
this Chartres is the 5th cathredal … Started 1194
In 1037, the 4th cathedral was dedicated.
Before the cathedrals, 2 churches … Crypt … Beneath are 2 earlier churches
 3d Cathedral: 896
Upper using current and 2 parts of two previous
Marble altar: baroque sits on top of 9th c. Crypt
Statue of 9th c built … Good god they have unearthed him.
Chartres cathedral book … new edition
Time v eternity
Jesus second Adam
Middle of time
Blue
Christ = anointed.
Who don sired
Aristocracy
Merchants bank from word for bench
Dedicated to Mary
Assumption church
Shoemakers’ window. Assumption of Mary
Loved this.  At the end if the tour, I introduced myself to Mr. Miller.  I told him I was from NC.  His response was:  know it well, I have lectured at Davidson and Chapel Hill.
After the tour, i walked again … We are all stacked up walking in community. There is a woman on her knees.  Oddly, she is not following the path.
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And then I took the crypt tour inFrench!
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And then I walked again …
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And at the end of my day,  I enjoyed a walk around the Cathedral and a tour of the shops.  Don’t you love seeing dogs everywhere?

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