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The western façade
This façade was started under the episcopate of Eudes de Sully from 1200 by the third architect and pursued under his successors, notably Guillaume d'auvergne, after 1220 by the fourth. The north tower was completed in 1240 and the South one in 1250. It presents itself as an imposing, simple and harmonious mass of which [...]
A first spire was built over the crossing of the transept around 1250. It was a steeple that featured in the seventeenth century up to five bells. It was dismantled from 1786 to 1792.
The framing of Notre-Dame de Paris is certainly one of the oldest structures in Paris with that of Saint-Pierre de Montmartre (1147).
The Portal of Judgement
The Portal of judgement is the central portal of the western façade, installed in the years 1220-1230, shortly after the other two portals of the façade. It represents the last judgement as it is written in the Gospel of St. Matthew.
The Sainte-Anne Portal
The portal Sainte-Anne is the portal of the west facade located on the right. It was installed around 1200 before the other two portals of the façade. His eardrum * is the re of a previous eardrum made some fifty years earlier for the previous cathedral (the old cathedral of St. Stephen).
The Portal of the Virgin
The portal of the Virgin is the portal of the west facade located on the left. It was installed in the years 1210-1220, so after the portal Sainte-Anne, but the portal of the Last judgement is slightly posterior. According to the tradition of the church, he traces the death of Mary, her ascent to Paradise and her coronation as Queen of heaven.