On our way to Rennes, we stopped by the town of Chartres to see the cathedral. The cathedral, I believe, acted in a way much like the cathedral in Lincoln, England. This was where the monarchs were crowned and where Joan of Arc supposedly picked the true king out of the crowd. It also resembles the Lincoln Cathedral in its architecture, which is a mix of Norman architecture and, from later on, Gothic.
Currently, the choir and knave are under construction for renovations, so we didn't get to see much of the central part of the interior of the cathedral. We did, however, examine numerous stained glass windows and the sculptures of Judgment Day around one of the entrances. The church has four rose windows at each direction, and, of course, all the stained glass windows (vitrines) tell biblical stories or comment on biblical stories. Even the zodiac window. I forgot what stories though because it was really hard to hear our guide.
After our tour of the cathedral, we ate lunch all together (which is a big deal because there are 61 American students, 5 moniteurs, and 2 directors) at a restaurant in Chartres. Then, we finished our drive to Rennes to meet our host families (we actually found out who our host families were on the bus to Rennes).
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