Chartres Cathedral

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(See Hallam & Everard 2001) The new Gothic cathedral was regarded as one of the first examples of High Gothic architecture. There was a genuine desire, of course, to build places of worship and prayer and to build a cathedral as a way to pay homage to God. However, the catholic church also planned the cathedral as a place which would show ecclesiastical power to any who would see it...
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"The buildings were for the glory of God, but they also expressed Episcopal prestige and affirmed the bishop's power in the face of his secular rivals." (Duby 1991: 4) Since there were often rivalries between the church and the state, a massive cathedral rising high above the town is one way of showing the strength of the church...
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