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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19 Responses

  1. TexWisGirl says:

    beautiful entrance.

  2. Oh my gosh…what a beautiful building…amazing sculptures!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  3. Cloudia says:

    Thanks for the angelic smiles 🙂

    Aloha

  4. Sylvia K says:

    Such an awesomely beautiful cathedral and what a history it has!! Fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing these, Indrani!! Have a great week!

  5. Anna says:

    So gorgeous, Indra and I love the angels so much!
    Warm greetings from Holland,
    Anna :))

  6. Reims Cathedral belongs to the most beautiful Gothic churches.
    It impresses me smiling angel. Is not it beautiful?
    Regards:)
    Lucia

  7. Hilary says:

    What incredibly stunning architecture. Wow.

  8. Carver says:

    Magnificent doors. I like the statues.

  9. George says:

    I've heard much about this cathedral, but I don't believe I'm seen such detail of the doorways. I'm glad you stopped here and got these photos to share with us.

  10. impressive architecture. so easy to fall in love with the gothic churches of europe.

  11. Love the details of the building, so wonderful to be in France.

  12. eileeninmd says:

    Indrani, thank you for sharing this beautiful cathedral and the lovely statues. Beautiful photos, have a happy week!

  13. Meena says:

    look at expression in pics 2 n 3! Amazing

  14. The details are exquisite!

  15. Pearl says:

    yes, with something so elaborately detailed, I could see how it would be hard to decide.

  16. I have been to France once and went to several cathedrals. I am always interested in seeing more. Great shots!

  17. what an impressive architecture! the arches remind of the Notredame Cathedral. love the smiling angels–i've never angels with those smiles before.:p

  18. Anu says:

    They are beautiful, and detailed!

  19. I am excited and started planning seeing these cathedrals.

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