France breaks all records every year by attracting the largest number of tourists to its citadels every year. Sprawling country-sides, marvelous castles, an excellent climate coupled with the most spectacular beaches make France the numero uno tourist destination in the world.
Chartres Cathedral in Chartres is one of the best examples of beauty blended with modernity. The structure gives the beholder all instances of French Gothic architecture working at its best. One of the most wonderful things the traveler to France is going to witness is that the cathedral has survived through the gush of time with great valor. A large number of the glass windows on the windows of the cathedral remain intact to this day.
The prize possession of the cathedral remains the tunic used by Virgin Mary at the time of birth of Jesus Christ. The tunic was given as a gift to the Cathedral by Charles I, who got it while he was away on a trip to Jerusalem. The cathedral acquires significance for those with a religious bend of mind this way. But the truth doesn’t attach any religious significance to it. The tunic was gifted to the institution by Charles the Bald. There is no proof that points to it being of any religious significance.
There are quite a few remaining reminders of French Gothic architecture in the world today. A majority of them have been destroyed by fire at some point of time. Therefore, it becomes very essential to preserve the Cathedral in its original form.