Restoration Of Chartres Cathedral Is As Transformative, And As Controversial, As That Of Sistine Chapel

This is its most substantial renovation since Chartres was rebuilt between 1194 and 1225. In the intervening 800 years, the building has changed almost beyond recognition, as smoke from burning candles, oil lamps and fires darkened the walls, the statues and the exquisite stained glass. The restoration aims not only to clean and maintain the […]

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The Gargoyles And Arches Of Nôtre-Dame Are Crumbling, And They Need €100 Million To Save Them

“Each year up to 14 million people visit the 12th-century Paris landmark on an island in the Seine river. Building began about 850 years ago, but pollution and the passing of time have chipped off large chunks of stone.” Says the chief fundraiser for the repair project, “If we don’t do these restoration works, we’ll […]

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