An exquisite Medieval cathedral that illustrates the grandeur of French Gothic architecture, the Chartres Cathedral is one of the few religious monuments that were preserved to maintain its absolute original structure. The cathedral first started out as a Romanesque church in 1145, which was partly ravaged in the great fire of 1194, only to be re-built over a laborious period of 26 years. Consecrated in 1260, the church displays olden elements of its erstwhile Romanesque form, including the crypt and the west portal. Its Medieval structure stunningly epitomizes the French Gothic architecture style, replete with its vast ogival-style nave, dramatic spires that flank it, and striking flying buttresses. A monumental religious icon in France built out of limestone, the Chartres Cathedral towers over the city at a height of 34 meters (112 feet). Featuring interiors as remarkable as its awe-inspiring exterior, the cathedral is an arresting masterpiece. The interior hall is bathed in light that filters in through the church's delicate stained-glass windows, original elements that date back to the 13th Century. Displaying a stellar architectural style, the cathedral stands in incredibly well-preserved form.