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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin at Chartres

During our week in Paris, we were able to work in a day trip to Chartres, where we visited the famous Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres, among other things. The trip produced what is probably my favorite photo of the week, so rather than waiting to do a full write-up on the visit, I’m just going to post the photo now.

This marble sculpture appears behind the main altar in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres.

This marble sculpture appears behind the main altar in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres.

The marble sculpture depicts — well, let’s say I believe it depicts, since I didn’t find any interpretive sign — the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It stands over the main altar, or behind it, depending on your perspective. There was a lot of restoration work being done to the interior of the cathedral, and with things being moved around, including the altar itself, it wasn’t always clear whether we were standing in the nave, the choir, the sanctuary, or somewhere else entirely.

We were definitely on the interior of the cathedral, though. I know at least that much about church architecture.