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  Choir and Ambulatory
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  • Choir and Ambulatory - Le Mans
      Choir and Ambulatory
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  • Apse Above Altar (Tall Columns) - Le Mans
      Apse Above Altar (Tall Columns)
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  • Altar (Dark) - Le Mans
      Altar (Dark)
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  • Clerestory Glass (Outer Ambulatory) - Le Mans
      Clerestory Glass (Outer Ambulatory)
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The Choir and a double ambulatory were started in 1217 along witha raising of the height of the nave roof.This was designed to be as tall (actually taller) as Notre Dame de Paris. The ambulatory has a megical 7-segment partition with 7 radiating chapels, the largest being the apsidial Lady Chapel with a 17C wrought-iron grill. The inner ambulatory is lined with very tallcolumns which eliminate a second (triforium ) level , which only appears in the outer ambulatory as an extension of the rest of the church design. It is homogeneous and quite spectacular in spite of the fact that 3 architects in succession were in charge of the construction. ( The supportive famous flying buttresses must have dictated the form). The many windows are filled with 13C stained glass, and this is true for some of the chapels.

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  • Written Jul 12, 2007
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