The great figures that decorate it are rediscovered, given a new life by the projection of images moulded to their shapes.
Passers-by find themselves being taken back in time and becoming the pilgrims who, in medieval times, stood before them in wonder…
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About the royal porch
Le Mans cathedral’s royal porch was cut into the side of the nave during the first half of the 12th Century. This is the most ornately decorated part of the cathedral for reasons of faith and prestige and also because it directly overlooked the main street of the walled town, along which good citizens came to the services.
The sculptures form illustrations of the message to be put across. Above the door panels, we see Christ in glory surrounded by the symbols of the four evangelists: Mark’s lion, Luke’s bull, John’s eagle and Matthew’s man. The first arch is made up of angels praising Jesus, while the others show scenes in his life. On either side are Peter and Paul and kings from the Old Testament.