Book Description: Visit the Most Breathtaking Buildings in the World and Learn the Secrets of their Design; Paperback-size for travel, Great Gothic Cathedrals of France is a celebration and an education in one, taking readers on a tour of tweleve French cathedrals that embody one of the major glories of Western civilisation. From the massive facade of Reims to the transcendent beauty of the stained glass at Chartres, this book clarifies every significant element of their architecture through text and images. Also including Amiens, Notre-Dame, Sainte Chapelle, St. Denis, Laon, Noyon, Soissons, Sens, Beauvais and Bourges, this is the first handbook to bring so many cathedrals together and to do with so many illustrations. Not only is this guide a must-have for the summer vacationer, but it begs to be kept long-afterward as a luscious souvenir. Includes; How the great cathedrals were built. How to relate the exterior to the interior structure. How to "read" a stained glass window. Specific travel information for each cathedral. And much more!