Charters Cathedral: The First Cathedral to Use Flying Buttresses and be Constructed in a Crucifix Shape and French Military Leader Napoleon Bonaparte’s Words Regarding Charters Cathedral

Charters (pronounced "shar-trey") is a town in France which built the tallest cathedral of its day. 180' tall, taking 66 years to build, it was the first cathedral to use flying buttresses and be constructed in a cross shape as opposed to the typical rectangular shape cathedrals of its day typically used. It is so grand in stature that Napoleon once said "atheists would feel uneasy inside these walls"...

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