Door of The Cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp

The doorway to the Cathedral of Our Lady is sight to behold! The details on the arched portion depict so many stories. Literacy, definitely, wasn’t high those days and people were educated through these depictions I am sure. The lessons of right and wrong, and the rewards and punishments of right doings and wrong doings are very clearly shown.

Jesus seated at the top. Those in the right side of the panel are right doers, chosen for eternal life; they have a calm serene look in their face. And to the left are those condemned to tenure in hell, depicted with looks of fear and despair clear on their face. Gabriel, holds the scales of justice. He is shown swaying the sword mercilessly. A study of this panel  by any child, those days, will definitely set the moral values right.

The arches that went over this panel had various characters; the first one had angels, the second one carved with wise men holding scrolls, then political figures and finally religious authorities. By now my neck was aching, one can easily spend hours gazing at the details. From a distance the whole scene was like a page from a book.

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32 Responses

  1. Giancarlo says:

    Semplicemente stupenda!!felice inizio settimana a te…ciao

  2. Reader Wil says:

    You did a great job to take these photos! I always like to see great architecture accompanied with an explanation about it. Thank you for this interesting post.

  3. Viola says:

    Oh, a lovely door and with so many details! 🙂 I'm sure you had a bad neck, after having stared at all the figures..

  4. Sylvia K says:

    I'm fascinated by the details and the history you are able to capture, Indrani! Superb shots as always! Really awesome, but I can just imagine how your neck must have ached!! Have a wonderful evening!


  5. ashok says:

    love this…and by the way, check out my blog 🙂

  6. ladyfi says:

    What a fabulously intricate door!

  7. Vaish says:

    Beautiful intricate work!

  8. George says:

    The detail in this doorway is amazing. I think we could study it for hours. Thanks for your wonderful photos.

  9. Wow. Such ornate and intricate designs !

  10. Leovi says:

    Beautiful porch, great pictures.

  11. Carole M. says:

    very special – I enjoy the architectural delights, especially when they're so aged

  12. sujata says:

    such detail in the carvings. Lovely as always!

  13. What a gorgeous building!!

  14. Fun60 says:

    What stories those carvings tell.

  15. Amazing. The work makes me think of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. Your comment on illiteracy and the lessons of this art have me reading your photos all the more intently and imagining the wall as textbook.

  16. NatureStop says:

    Beautiful intricate work done on the done and so well captured Indrani.


  17. Carver says:

    What a beautiful door. Amazing all the work that went into the intricate carvings.

  18. What a gorgeous door. All those beautiful carvings.

  19. NixBlog says:

    Lovely captures of this magnificent portal, Indrani!

  20. The stonemasons are really good, thanks Indrani.

  21. eileeninmd says:

    Indrani, the details on these carving are just amazing. What a beautiful building. Thanks for sharing, have a great day!

  22. Intricate, but so nicely described by you !

  23. pon says:


  24. This magnificent door certainly tells a story.

  25. The details are amazing. I wonder how long it look to create this.

  26. Pietro says:

    Great door with magnificent details! Thanks for sharing this, Indrani.

  27. Beautiful workmanship on the doors.

  28. arabesque says:

    haha! i know what you mean,
    i can just imagine, me, staring at those architectural details, gaping! and trying to appreciate its craftsmanship.
    this door just signifies everything about the meaning of life.
    just beautiful…

  29. Vetrimagal says:

    This is amazingly beautiful, and your picture conveys a clear view.
    Thanks for letting us enjoy this!

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