The north portal of the Cathedral is flanked by two statues, resp.:
- GUNDULF 1077-1108.
Gundulf of Rochester, bishop of Rochester, 1075-1108, Builder of Rochester Castle, the White Tower and Father of the Corps of Royal Engineers
- JOHN 1125-1137.
John I, bishop of Rochester 1125-1137
The tympanum shows a relief
- Christ in Majesty (Latin: Maiestas Domini): Christ sitting in glory in the centre, with Saints Justus and Ethelbert flanking him on either side of the doorway. Supporting the saints are angels and surrounding them are the symbols of the Four Evangelists (Wikipedia, not quite clear to us is where the both saints are).
On the lintel are 10 small statues and 2 reliefs of the Twelve Apostles.
The inner jambs have two weathered statues of:
- King Henry I
and his wife:
- Mathilda of Flanders / Scotland
Sources & Information
- Agnes Strickland, Lives of the Queens of England, from the Norman conquest (Philadelphia, 1841) (through Google Books), pp. 169-170.
- Samuel R. Gardiner, A Student's History of England, v. 1 (London etc., 1915) (The Project Gutenberg).
- Graham Dummett, Rochester Cathedral, Doorways, Gateways, Openings, Monastery (2012), quoted in Wikipedia
Location (N 51°23'21" - E 0°30'10")
Via the links below you can find the position:
Item Code: gbse119; Photograph: 15 August 2015
/ updated: 12 April 2017
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