St Anne, mother of Mary, holding the child Virgin in her left arm and a lily in her right hand, symbol of purity and divine election, with the coat of arms of France below with gold fleur de lys on a blue background, lancet window from under the main North Rose stained glass window, 1233, on the Northern side of the transept of Chartres Cathedral, Eure-et-Loir, France. In 1204, Louis I, Count of Blois and Chartres, brought back the relics of St Anne from the 4th crusade after the fall of Constantinople, to Chartres. This window was offered by Blanche of Castile, then regent, mother of the future Saint Louis. 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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St Anne, mother of Mary, holding the child Virgin in her left arm and a lily in her right hand, symbol of purity and divine election, with the coat of arms of France below with gold fleur de lys on a blue background, lancet window from under the main North Rose stained glass window, 1233, on the Northern side of the transept of Chartres Cathedral, Eure-et-Loir, France. In 1204, Louis I, Count of Blois and Chartres, brought back the relics of St Anne from the 4th crusade after the fall of...
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