Interior of the Cathedral at Reims
I researched medieval cathedrals today. They were constructed over generations through a collaborative effort of entire towns.In the 12th Century, in Chartres, women from all social classes carried construction materials and food for the Cathedral builders, and powerful men, proud of their birth and of their wealth, harnessed themselves to the shafts of a cart and dragged along stones and wood. Sometimes, a thousand people, men and women, were harnessed to the same wagon, so heavy was the load. And all this happened in total silence. From time to time, the procession stopped and everyone sung hymns.