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    Châlons Cathedral

    Blue-glinting flames.

    The Saint-Etienne de Châlons-en-Champagne (twelfth to seventeenth century) cathedral is original and faultless. Due to fires, it has been rebuilt four times over the centuries. A pinch of Roman (the crypt and northern tower), a dash of Baroque (the frontage rebuilt in the seventeenth century) and a good dose of radiant Gothic (all the rest) make it an extraordinary rarity in architecture, worthy of admiration.

    Among its "treasures" are the Roman baptismal fonts of dark schists shimmering a bluish colour, a speciality of Tournai where workshops were chain manufacturing it during the twelfth century.

 
 

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