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Images of Chartres Cathedral from the


Age of the Master Builder
Chartres Cathedral
The medieval Gothic cathedral was in many
ways a civic building as well as a religious one.
This particularly was the case with the famous
cathedral Notre-Dame de Chartres (Our Lady
of Chartres) in the town of the same name,
80km south-east of Paris, built in the 13th
century. Chartres cathedral was planned not
only as a place of worship, but also developed
as the centre of the town's economy and way
of life, as the place that housed the relic of the
cloak of the Virgin Mary. The local citizens
assisted the building of the cathedral by
providing the labour, giving food to the
workers and donating money to pay for its
construction. The architecture of the cathedral
dominated the town in the way that modern
skyscrapers are the centre civic buildings
today. Many of the decorations in the
cathedral such as the thousands of sculptures
and beautiful stained glass windows were
donated by guilds and tradespeople of the
town. People visited Chartres for the fairs held
on the feasts of the Virgin, a major place for
trade. Townspeople also used the majestic
cathedral and its grounds for business.
Medieval cathedrals such as Chartres show the
strength and majesty of the Catholic church.
The original Romanesque cathedral in Chartres
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Phillip LeConte

Aside from his work with the law-enforcement community, Phil is also an
accomplished writer. His article, “The Psychologist as TV Guide," published
in the April1986 issue of Psychology Today magazine, has been cited in
various professional journals, as well as in the textbook Values and
Knowledge by Terrance Brown. 
As a feature writer for magazines, Phil has conducted interviews with many
creative artists and public figures, including Roy Scheider, Sally Fields,
director Robert Benton and journalist Bill Moyers -- who considered Phil’s
to be “my favorite interview I did on that tour."
During his time in Los Angeles (1984 to 1988), Phil worked for Dick Clark
Productions and was represented by the William Morris Agency as a
screenwriter.  Even in Hollywood, Phil found himself connected to the law
enforcement community, working on such LEO-related shows as Hunter, 21
Jumpstreet, and Wiseguy.
Phil is also an accomplished photographer (www.Arkdog.com). His work
has been auctioned at benefits for such organizations as The American
Cancer Society and The Austin Museum of Art. His photography was used
on the cover of the Texas Alzheimer’s Association’s annual publication. 
PHOTOGRAPHY BY
Phillip LeConte