Friday, 12 August 2011

Rheims Cathedral 4

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Top: "The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin" - original medieval figures from west facade now preserved in the museum in former archbishop's palace.
Below: "The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin" replacement sculpture in situ
West Portal details- Here it is interesting to see the treatment of the stone "plinths" below the canopied jamb figures with illusionistic draperies.
Bottom: View of the lower part of the north tower of the west facade. Here it is possible to see through the tower openings towards the flying buttresses against the north wall of the nave- a remarkable example of the "revolution" which occurred in medieval architecture whereby massive masonry walls came to be replaced by an almost lace-like open structure of "lines" in stone.

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