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Portal of the Virgin (c.1220): Saints and Zodiacs

The Portal of the Virgin, dedicated to the patroness of the cathedral, was sculpted around 1210-20. The door-jamb statues, destroyed at the Revolution and replaced in the 19th century, represent, from left to right: Saint John the Baptist, Saint Stephen, Saint Genevieve and Pope Saint Sylvester. The abutments of the doors have panels representing life on earth. Depicted on the outside of the doors are weathered zodiac signs and Labors of the Months. Here can be seen four panels of zodiacs: Cancer (misplaced to represent July), Virgo, Libra, and a badly reduced Scorpio.

Photo © Holly Hayes.

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