Door Details of Chartres Cathedral, France

The doors of cathedrals, the sculptures on the panel above the doors and the friezes that go around it are full of stories. The details carved out never cease to amaze me. The Chartres Cathedral was another wonder that I added to my collection. I always spend some time taking shots of these. Various statues of Kings, angels and saints are detailed with such precision in the recesses of the Royal portal! Their faces are full of expression; some had that ‘near look’ of following your movement.

The descent of Christ into the world is depicted in the tympanum of the right portal. The Virgin and Child are seated on the throne, two angels on either side. The inner arch which runs around the tympanum has angels; the outer arch has the zodiac signs Pisces and Gemini and also seven liberal arts. The bottom register shows scenes from the Life of the Virgin, including the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Nativity, and the Annunciation to the Shepherds.

The arch over the central door depicts the scene of Last Judgment. Christ is seated in the tympanum, an almond shaped structure going around him, the Book of Life in his left hand. Four Evangelist surround him.

The left portal depicts ascent of Christ. This is the widest of the three doors. Click to enlarge the picture and you will see two angels holding a cloud on which Christ is standing. You can also see 4 angels singing and apostles, 10 of them holding books and scrolls in the bottom most row.

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24 Responses

  1. Panchali says:

    Majestic structures.Enjoyed going through the details..wonderful!

  2. Carver says:

    The door details are very beautiful.

  3. Sylvia K says:

    Such a magnificent cathedral and your captures/post are fascinating! Thanks for sharing, Indrani!!

  4. Fantastic photos of a beautiful cathedral ~ OWT ^_^

  5. Wonderful photography of a special cathedral ~ OWT

  6. Joyful says:

    The close ups are beautiful. Looks like you really had a nice time in Europe. I love all your photos of your travels 😉

  7. Rajesh says:

    Exceptionally beautiful and artistic carvings.

  8. Amazing details on door .

  9. Kusum Sanu says:

    Very intricate details!

  10. Meena says:

    Ur write up is as beautiful n detailed as the pic 🙂

  11. ladyfi says:

    What fabulous details.

  12. magiceye says:

    Marvelous art beautifully captured!

  13. Wow that is awesome!! Thanks for sharing

  14. Hello!
    I saw the cathedral in Chartres!
    This is a beautiful Gothic building.
    It has beautiful stained glass windows.
    I send greetings from distant Polish.

  15. Michaela says:

    nice photos, architecture is always a good photo subject!

  16. Gary says:

    Incredible details!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  17. Arti says:

    Exquisite carvings. Much like the temples down south!! Pretty rich.

  18. The time and money spent on such structures is amazing to me, not to mention the marvelous imaginations of the craftsmen who executed these works.

  19. Spiderdama says:

    So beautiful and with great details! I always miss too much history when I go to France.. it is only climbing. But, next time:-)

  20. Hilary says:

    There is so much incredibly beautiful architecture in this world. And it seems that you see and photograph it all.

  21. Fantastic Observation! shows your intense interest.

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