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The West (Royal) Portal

Chartres Cathedral - 1100s

 

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The Royal (West) Portal, the oldest (c1155) of the three portals - a set of Zodiac signs and monthly activities are to be found in the archivolts of the left and right hand doorways.  The symbols of the four evangelists surround a mandorlaed Christ in a tatramorph in the central tympanum.

 

LINK TO CHARTRES WEST PORTAL ZODIAC SIGNS AND MONTHLY ACTIVITIES

 

LINK TO THE INCARNATION WINDOW IN THE WEST FACADE - ONE OF THE OLDEST IN THE CATHEDRAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right hand (south) door lintel:  Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity (not shown) and (below) Shepherds getting the good news wow from a depleted archangel

 

 

 

Luke was the only gospel writer to mention the angel telling the shepherds in the field "keeping watch over their flock by night" about the birth.

 

 

 

 

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