The Portal of the Last Judgement

The Portal of the Last Judgement is the west façade’s central portal, which was built in the 1220s-1230s, just after the façade’s other two portals. It represents the Last Judgement as described in the Gospel of Saint Matthew. On the lower lintel, the dead are being resuscitated from their tombs. Just above that, on the upper lintel, the archangel Michael is weighing their souls according to the lives they led on earth and the love they showed to God and to men. The chosen people are led to the left towards Heaven (to Christ’s right) and the condemned are lead to the right, to hell, by a devil. On the tympanum, Christ is seated majestically on His throne of glory, reminding us that He came to earth to save humankind through his sacrifice on the Cross. He is showing the wounds on his hands and his side while the two angels next to him bear the instruments of the Passion: the angel on the left is holding the spear and the nails of the Cross, and the angel on the right is holding the Cross itself. Through this gesture, Jesus is asking us to trust Him and is showing us that everything is possible for us with His support and the help of all the saints who are working for us, especially Mary and John the Baptist, who are seen here as they were on the day of His.

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