US architect sparks row over Chartres cathedral restoration

Chartres Cathedral in France is an awe-inspiring sight, renowned in particular for its medieval stained glass windows and stone carvings. But US architect Martin Filler has caused an extraordinary row after viewing progress on its restoration, by accusing the project’s architect, Patrice Calvel, of a cultural desecration akin to “adding arms to the Venus de Milo”. Continue reading…