Doors of Reims Cathedral, France

It was a hurried visit to Reims Cathedral. We thought crossing over to Luxembourg without halting at Reims would be a big loss in terms of traveler’s experience and pictures. I am glad we halted there to capture this architectural gem. It was here French Kings were once crowned. This Reims Cathedral was used for more than eight centuries for coronations.

The cathedral was easy to spot as we entered the town, its two squat towers (267ft. high) can’t be missed.
Standing in front of the cathedral, watching it closely one gets the impression it is blanketed with sculpted statues of holy men and smiling angels. One of the statues, the “Smiling Angel” was decapitated during WWI, it was restored from castings taken earlier and stored in Paris and has become a major symbol for the city.

The three portals of the west front are richly sculpted with medieval statues. The central portal is dedicated to the Virgin. The central portal is surmounted by a rose-window framed in an arch itself decorated with statuary. By the time I had scanned the statues I was puzzled, what to frame and what not to frame. Such beautiful work, cathedrals after cathedral I was seeing these, yet I wasn’t tired!

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