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Le Puy Cathedral: For Porch

For Porch

A door in the south choir aisle leads to the For Porch, built in the 12th century as an entrance for popes, cardinals and prelates. It is exquisitely decorated, with striped arches, patterned columns, and some fascinating sculpture. In the northwest corner, a hand humorously holds up the springing of an arch. Over the door is the 5th-century epitaph of Bishop Scutarius: SCVTARI PAPA VIVE DEO, "Scutarius, Father of the Fatherland, live with God." The other side of the stone bears the dedicatory inscription of the Roman temple that stood on this site. The capitals in the porch are carved with the Seven Deadly Sins.

Credit: Holly Hayes