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Notre Dame Cathedral: West Front with King's Gallery

West Front with King's Gallery

The beautiful west front of the cathedral, with the west rose window and the King's Gallery. The King's Gallery is a line of statues of the 28 kings of Judah and Israel, which was redesigned by Viollet-le-Duc to replace the statues destroyed during the French Revolution. The revolutionaries mistakenly believed the statues to represent the French kings rather than biblical kings, so they decapitated them. Some of the heads were found during a 1977 excavation nearby and are now on display at the Museum of the Middle Ages.

Credit: Holly Hayes