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French Cathedrals

LATER FRENCH GOTHIC: St. Maclou, Rouen, France, C. 1500-1514. While the Renaissance was already in full swing in Italy, the French were pushing the extremes with elaborate ornamentation as seen in the exquisite traceries of St. Maclou. Considered one of the best examples of the "Flamboyant style" of Gothic architecture in France.

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Chambord Castle, France. Given that Chambord was, officially, built to serve only as a hunting lodge, it is quite an impressive construction. It is also worth a mention that the location of the castle was chosen by King François I as he desired to be near his mistress, Claude Rohan, whose palace was located adjacently. The massive castle has 440 rooms, 365 fireplaces, and 84 staircases, and it is the largest chateaux in the Loire Valley in France.

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Loire Valley

Château de Azay-le-Rideau in the Loire Valley, France, is a former feudal castle. During the 12th century, the local seigneur Ridel d’Azay, a knight in the service of Philip II Augustus, built the fortress to protect the Tours to Chinon road.

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Twentieth century British artist John Piper (1903-1992) continues to pay tribute to this jewel of medieval French architecture... Light-filled Reims Cathedral, Marne, France

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The Great Staircase with the allegorical ceiling looking particularly bright. Wrought iron railings by Jean Yijou a French Huguenot brought to England by Sir Christopher Wren for the rebuilding of St Paul Cathedral ..... After the Great Fire of London

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NOTRE DAME AT SUNSET (A PARIS MUST SEE

Notré Dame cathedral at sunset - this French icon is a must-see when visiting Paris. Famous for the hunchback Disney story, this architecture masterpiece is styled in French-Gothic themes of the time. Did you know, Notre Dame de Paris means "Our Lady of Paris"?

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