Amiens, Notre-Dame Cathedral - Marc Haegeman Photography

West façade

The west facade of Amiens presents a highly elaborate and coherent medieval iconographic ensemble. While several different artists must have been at work here, the three portals show remarkable homogeneity. The central portal depicts the Last Judgement and is stylistically the most individual. The right portal is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, in a more sketchy, hieratic style, while the left honours the local saints, in particular Saint-Firmin - allegedly the first bishop of Amiens - and doesn't hide its stylistic lineage with Paris.

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