"The Cathedral door tympanums tell stories." Meaux Things to Do Tip by kokoryko

Meaux Things to Do: 18 reviews and 84 photos

  Doomsday door
by kokoryko
  • Doomsday door - Meaux
      Doomsday door
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  • Detail of the lintel - Meaux
      Detail of the lintel
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  • John the baptist door - Meaux
      John the baptist door
    by kokoryko
  • The Virgin's door - Meaux
      The Virgin's door
    by kokoryko
  • St Etienne door - Meaux
      St Etienne door
    by kokoryko

The doors of the cathedrals tell a lot of stories, and to learn what these stories tell, it is better to visit the cathedrals with a guide; I did not visit with a guide, but you can enquire for a guide at the tourist office or at the bishops office.
I noticed that the low reliefs of the tympanums, the statues were in very bad shape, many statues broken; a bit sad, and the scenes they represent are difficult to depict sometimes.
On picture 1 is a general view of the arches and tympanum above the main central door (The Judgement door), where you see on the left the glasses wearing monk and the other character on the right; many statues are broken, but interesting is the lintel representing the doomsday, and right, you see the hell where the sinners are cooking and left is the paradise, with the quiet small boxes for the well deserving (picture 2).
The left façade door is dedicated to St John the Baptist, easily identifiable, with his sheep (picture 3); difficult to ?read?, but apparently on the lintel (lower part) on the left John is beheaded by a soldier, and on the right, his head is brought to Salome (?)
The right façade door is dedicated to the Virgin, and in the middle, the angels apparently are taking her soul to the paradise. . . (picture 4)
The door on the southern side of the cathedral is for St Etienne, who gave his name to the cathedral; Etienne was the first Christian martyr, he has been stoned as you can see on picture 5.

Tourist office: 01 .
Diocese (Bishop?s office): 01 64 36 41 00

Website: http://www.ville-meaux.fr/-Office-de-tourisme-.html

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  • Written Jun 10, 2009
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