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Photographer's Note

Here is one of very few interior photos of the Cathedral. Use of a tripod is forbidden inside, one must take all ones photos hand held. The interior of the Cathedral is very dark. The only part of the interior of the Cathedral which is well lit is around Our Lady herself. Here is a text, which explains the circumstances surrounding her.

Even before the Gothic cathedral was built, Chartres was a place of pilgrimage, albeit on a much smaller scale. During the Merovingian and early Carolingian eras, the main focus of devotion for pilgrims was a
well (now located in the north side of Fulbert's crypt), known as the Puits des Saints-Forts, or the 'Well of the Strong Saints', into which it was believed the bodies of various local Early-Christian martyrs (including saints Piat, Cheron, Modesta and Potentianus) had been tossed. The widespread belief that the cathedral was also the site of a pre-Christian druidical sect who worshipped a 'Virgin who will give birth' is purely a late-medieval
invention.

By the end of the 12th century, the church had become one of the most important popular pilgrimage destinations in Europe. There were four great fairs, which coincided with the main feast days of the
Virgin: the Presentation, the Annunciation, the Assumption and the Nativity. The fairs were held in the area administered by the cathedral and were attended by many of the pilgrims in town to see the
cloak of the Virgin. Specific pilgrimages were also held in response to outbreaks of disease. When ergotism (more popularly known in the Middle Ages as "St. Anthony's fire") afflicted many victims, the crypt
of the original church became a hospital to care for the sick. (Source: Wikipedia)

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