Art: Chartres

. . . Could she ever die? I could never believe it. She awaits unborn generations worthy of understanding her.—Auguste Rodin.

The most celebrated Gothic monument in Christendom had survived four years of German conquest and, last week, the even greater dangers of liberation. After six German snipers had been driven from its north tower, Chartres Cathedral was found to be almost untouched by war.

Allied inspectors reported a gargoyle missing, one statue broken, one arch destroyed. The battle with the snipers had left little mark on the taller Gothic north tower, because the U.S. troops were careful to attack only with small...

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