Where to begin?  With the carved drapery of the saints around the doorway….

 

 

the piglets on the roof…

 

reims cathedral vaulting and windows

 

the soaring stone vaulting and astonishing stained glass…

 

reims cathedral door hardware

 

or the pig-faced bolts on the front door?

Begun in 1211 and finally completed in 1516, the building of Reims cathedral was the life’s work of generations of stone masons, carpenters, metal workers and labourers.  The vision of successive master builders established the overall form and style of this extraordinary Gothic building but the details show the mark and character of countless different craftsmen.

 

 

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