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 Definition A great cathedral in Chartres, France; built between 1193 and 1250, it is considered one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture. [d] [e]
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisandanya/5482424223/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/parb/4535525251/ (Chunbum Park 22:46, 23 October 2011 (UTC))

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I read somewhere that it has no walls sensu stricto, only flying buttresses. Is that right? Peter Jackson 10:15, 28 December 2012 (UTC)

I've only had a brief look, but I've not been able to find anything about this yet. Plenty on how decorative the flying buttresses are and how they're integrated into the cathedral's design, and that they're some of the finest examples of Gothic architecture though. Looking at the photos on flickr (I'd link to some but my computer doesn't want to load the site right now so I'll let it sulk) there are an awful lot of buttresses. However, the buttress would need to be attached to something so why not call it a wall? Richard Nevell 19:58, 4 January 2013 (UTC)
Maybe the question is whether to think of it as walls broken by large, closely spaced windows, or as buttresses joined by glass and arches. Peter Jackson 18:13, 10 January 2013 (UTC)