Above, the Virgin Mary sits on the fifth branch of the tree, with Zechariah (left) and Daniel (right) announcing the Messiah. Below, an anonymous King of Judah represents this dynasty, with Samuel on the left, who anointed David as King of Israel and Balaam on the right, who announces the coming of the Messiah, from the Jesse Tree stained glass window, 1150, on the Western facade of the nave of Chartres Cathedral, Eure-et-Loir, France. This window, along with the 2 others on this facade from the 12th century, tells the life story of Jesus Christ. Chartres cathedral was built 1194-1250 and is a fine example of Gothic architecture. Most of its windows date from 1205-40 although a few earlier 12th century examples are also intact. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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Above, the Virgin Mary sits on the fifth branch of the tree, with Zechariah (left) and Daniel (right) announcing the Messiah. Below, an anonymous King of Judah represents this dynasty, with Samuel on the left, who anointed David as King of Israel and Balaam on the right, who announces the coming of the Messiah, from the Jesse Tree stained glass window, 1150, on the Western facade of the nave of Chartres Cathedral, Eure-et-Loir, France. This window, along with the 2 others on this facade from...
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