Religion: Chartres, 1260-1960

Seven hundred years ago, according to tradition, the King of France—later St. Louis—walked 17 miles from Nogent-le-Roi to help dedicate the great new church in the town of Chartres. Built on a hill above a windy plain, pointing the tiny town beneath it to heaven with its spires, the new church was the seventh to rise upon the sacred spot—sacred to the Druids for its shrine to the mysterious "Virgin Who Shall Bear a Son," sacred later to the Christians as a place of prayer built by Saints Potentian and Albin. Before King Louis...

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