Chartres Royal Portal
From Sacred Destinations, the West Portal is known as the Royal Portal because of the statues of king, queens, and figures from the Old Testament. It was carved by 1150. The Central Portal depicts the Last Judgment. Christ in the tympanum is surrounded by symbols of the Four Evangelists. Christ raises his right hand in blessing and holds the Book of Line in his left hand. The lintel (sculptures above the entrance) shows the 12 Apostles while the archivolts (an ornamental molding or band following the curve on the underside of an arch) show the 24 elders of the Apocalypse. The jamb statues are not identified in any source that I could find, simply statues of people holding a book, scroll, unidentified object, etc.
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