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Cathédrales de France  

A guide to finding sources for Mr. Fauver's French cathedrals project
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Books in Our Library

Library Databases

    A database of academic, scholarly journals. Try narrowing down first by choosing Architecture & Architectural History or Art & Art History under the "Browse by Discipline" heading.

    JSTOR has articles in both English and French; searching with a cathedral's name in French will return more French-language articles (for example: "Cathédrale de Chartres", not "Chartres Cathedral")
  • Oxford Art Online
    *English only*
    A database of art, art history, and architecture entries. Search for a particular cathedral to find articles on the history, design, and construction process, as well as images.

On the Web

Some great resources that are available for free on the web:

  • UNESCO Centre du Patrimoine Mondial
    A list of UNESCO's identified World Heritage Sites in France. Several cathedrals are listed. For each site, the World Heritage Committee has compiled a written report, photo gallery, video, maps, and other related documents.

Video Links

  • Cathédrale de Chartres
    Short video on Chartres Cathedral created as a collaboration between UNESCO TV and Japan's public television network Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK). (In French)
  • Cathédrale d'Amiens
    Short video on Amiens Cathedral created by UNESCO TV and NHK. (In French)
  • NOVA: Building the Great Cathedrals
    Journey inside the great cathedrals of Chartres, Beauvais and other European cities. Carved from 100 million pounds of stone, some cathedrals now teeter on the brink of catastrophic collapse. To save them, a team of engineers, architects, art historians, and computer scientists searches the naves, bays, and bell-towers for clues. NOVA investigates the architectural secrets that the cathedral builders used. (In English)





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