Bern Cathedral Door

The supreme attraction of Bern Cathedral is its door at the main entrance. The Gothic sculptures over the main portal depict the Last Judgement. It is so well detailed and shows the separation of good and the wicked.

Click to enlarge the pic and see, to the right are the wicked depicted naked and in the left are the righteous clothed in white. In the center stands Micheal the Archangel with a raised sword. The angel is shown pulling the beard of a wicked character and the emotions so well expressed through these sculptures. There are 170 small figures, all original. A wire mesh provided, I guess it is to prevent pigeons settling on them. So much to see!

Now, the credits to the sculptor: This famous panel was made by the sculptor, Erhard Küng from Stadtlohn, Germany. These were carved between the years 1460 to 1501.

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21 Responses

  1. SunnyToast says:

    Thank you for sharing…I also love visiting old churches:)

    Happy blogging:)

  2. Anu says:

    Beautiful pics! loved the detailing..

  3. RNSANE says:

    Indrani – this is so beautiful..and, all the more so, because I have been there. My dear friend, Werner Bernhard, is head of forensic toxicology at the Legal Institute of Medicine in Bern and, twice, I've visited him and his family at their home near Interlaken. His son has come here for a month two different summers and my son, Jeremy, has spent two summers there. Quite by coincidence, Werner called this morning to say he'll be at a San Francisco conference in September and will stay a few days after to visit with me. It is so wonderful to have friends worldwide.

    Hopefully, soon after that, I'll be India bound!

  4. Amazing, so beautiful and your shot is stunning!

  5. incredible detailing.

  6. George says:

    The detail around this door is incredible — and beautiful. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  7. Cloudia says:

    The illustrated Television of it's day!

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  8. Shobha says:

    Lovely pictures..such pretty and intricate details.

  9. radha says:

    What intricate work!

  10. Amazingly beautiful and such intricate delicate work!

  11. Onkar says:

    Lovely pictures. Have captured details very well.

  12. informative indeed. nice idea for the yellow day too.

  13. Brilliant shots Indrani.

  14. EG Wow says:

    The details are incredible! It's difficult to imagine how much time it would have taken to complete this project!

  15. Carver says:

    That's a beautiful cathedral.

  16. Pietro says:

    Splendid! Very nice posts on Bern!

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