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Located just one hour southwest of Paris, Chartres is a charming Mediaeval city with one of France's most famous Gothic cathedrals. The city traces its roots to Celtic times, when it was a mere settlement known as Autrikon, but under the Romans, it became a more prosperous town, with a forum and temples, and was given the Latinised name Autricum. In the 4th century AD it submitted to Christianity along with the rest of the Empire and subsequently saw its first churches rise, including one on the site of the current cathedral. In the 9th century, the Chartres Cathedral received from the Holy Roman Emperor the Sancta Camisia, an important relic, which placed the city and its cathedral among the prime pilgrimage sites in Europe. However, successive invasions and fires repeatedly destroyed the structure, but it was rebuilt each time more extravagantly than the previous one. The last construction, which occurred swiftly between 1194 and 1220, left us with one of the most complete Gothic Cathedrals in Europe, one that has survived nearly intact – with most of its original stained glass windows – to the present day.
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