In 1991 I went on the trip of a lifetime to visit a cathedral I had studied in an art history course – Chartres Cathedral in Chartres, France. Coming from Canada, where old buildings are often no more than 100 years old, it was incredible to visit a place where construction began in 1145.

I was fascinated by the beautiful Gothic architecture and in particular the stained glass windows. This is the West Rose Window. I have a dim memory of standing under it in awe. My little film camera didn’t do it justice, but here it is as I saw it.

Chartres Cathedral
The West Rose Window

I often return to this cathedral in my mind or on Google Maps. It’s my favorite place to see beautiful art that has survived the test of time.

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My first glimpse of Chartres Cathedral in 1991

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment and for following my blog. I hope you can go to Chartres someday! It’s definitely worth visiting. Have you seen the TV program “Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark”? It has a section on Chartres Cathedral that’s almost like being there too – a great way to prepare for a trip to Chartres.


      1. What I have is a book of Chartres Stain Glass window like material I bought in Edmonton was back in 1991 that depicts the Nativity. I still have yet to frame them.


  1. That must have been an incredible trip, and for the memories to continue to linger and for you to continue to think on this place.

    I hear you about history – Singapore is very young, even younger than Canada; we are just 53 this year. So when I am in the midst of old buildings, it is quite awe-inspiring!

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    1. Wow, and I thought Canada was young! I didn’t realize Singapore was that much younger!

      Yes, such a different experience seeing old buildings – I remember being amazed by the indentations in stone steps that had been worn down by many feet over the centuries.


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