Saturday, 13 August 2011

Rheims Cathedral 5

(Click to enlarge) Top: Items from the Cathedral Treasury including an ivory ciborium. The museum also displays several exhibits from the very last coronation (robes,vestments and altar vessels). This was of Charles X in 1825.
Centre: Central doorway of the west facade. At the centre the Virgin and Child. The figures lining the entrance represent- to the right, the Annunciation and Visitation and, to the left, both the Annunciation and the Visitation.
Bottom: Model( in the museum) representing the roofing structure installed during the restoration following the First World War. The cathedral was very badly damaged during the Great War. Restoration, which continued almost until the start of the Second World War, was largely funded by the American Rockefeller family- hence the "Rue Rockefeller" leading to the west front of the cathedral.

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