This award-winning animated film, hosted by author David Macaulay, takes us into the heart of a medieval town in the year 1214. The town’s church has just burned, but miraculously the cloak of the Virgin Mary, the church’s precious relic, was saved. In order to pay homage to their patroness, the townspeople construct a great cathedral. Through a combination of fine animation and live shots, Macaulay reveals in detail how cathedrals were planned and constructed, where the revenue to build and maintain such projects came from, and how cathedrals functioned as microcosms of medieval life. Explores the design of Notre Dame de Beaulieu, a representative Gothic cathedral.