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North elevation - Chartres Cathedral
Chartres, France
Photographs taken in February 2012.








Left: transept / portals.
Nave 
buttresses.

Chartres was the first building on which buttresses were used as a structural element that determined the overall external appearance of the building. They were necessitated by the unprecedented size of the clerestory windows and the height of the nave.



The high nave is supported by double flying buttresses, anchored by colonnettes and great abutments. The latter were lightened in appearance with niches filled with sculptures. This view shows three of the the upper  flying buttresses.


The high nave is supported by double flying buttresses, anchored by colonnettes and great abutments. The latter were lightened in appearance with niches filled with sculptures. This view shows three of the the lower  flying buttresses.



Nave  vertical pier buttresses

North transept/portals


North transept tower



Rayonnant  foil tracery



Rose window features Flamboyant Gothic tracery.
In addition to the famed west front, both transepts have large rose windows, flanking towers and three sculptured portals each.



Rose window features bar tracery



3 north sculptured portals





3 sculptured portals


Left sculptured portal



Center sculptured portal

Center sculptured portal soffit and tympanum



Center sculptured portal jamb



Center sculptured portal jamb


Photos and their arrangement 2012 Chuck LaChiusa
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