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 Sainte-Anne Portal is the gateway to the Western facade located on the right. It was installed around 1200 before the other two portals of the façade. Its eardrum * is the reinvestment of a previous tympanum made about fifty years earlier for the previous Cathedral (the former St. Stephen's Cathedral).

One notices in its Center a wonderful Virgin to the child still Romanesque style, with all the characteristics of elegance and serenity of the virgins in Majesty. Thus under a canopy and on a throne, she wears a Crown and a scepter and tightens on her knees her son who holds the book of the law. She looks at us and shows us the child who blessed us and both encourage us to enter the Cathedral to gather and pray. Mary seems to say: "enter this Church under my patronage and come and worship my son who came to Earth to save mankind."

On either side of the throne are an Angel and then left a Bishop of Paris and perhaps his Treasurer, right a King of France. The Bishop could be Saint Germain and King Childebert, but none of these last three characters could be identified with certainty.

Above the eardrum, in the cracks* concentric, we see the whole celestial Court (Angels, Kings, prophets and elders of the Apocalypse) sing the glory of God, wonderful Monceau of harmony and sculptural finesse.

The two lintels* below the eardrum redraw in two beautiful carved friezes the marriage of Joachim and Anne and that of Mary and Joseph (lower lintel), while at the top lintel are the scenes of the coming to Earth of Christ, ranging from the Annunciation to the Epiphany.

Below the lintels, on either side of the two wooden doors with wrought iron fittings from the 13Th century, we see nine statues in the foot redone in the nineteenth century by the workshop of The Duke After the revolutionary destruction of 1793. One recognizes successively:
– on the left, a King, the Queen of Saba, King Solomon and Saint Peter
– to the trumeau, Saint Marcel, Bishop of Paris in the 5Th century, who crushes a dragon symbolizing the plunder which his diocese was then afflicted
– right, St. Paul, King David, Bathsheba and another King

 

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