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Strasbourg Cathedral Door (1976)

The cathedral in Strasbourg, France has three portals, each dating from the 13th century and elaborately carved with biblical themes. This is a detail of the central portal. The carvings above the door depict Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and his subsequent crucifixion. At a time when the majority of people were illiterate— and when the Catholic Church forbade translation of Scripture into vernacular languages— depictions of biblical scenes in carvings, sculpture, and stained glass in churches offered parishioners the closest thing to direct access to Bible stories and lessons.

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