The west portal with its lavish furnishings forms an artistic and iocongraphic unit with the decorative figures on the facade. The creation of the figures ran parallel to the construction period in the middle of the 13th century. The figures address the summary of the history of salvation. Maria, as the patroness of the Church of Our Lady, is given special consideration.


Personifying the "church". Often sculpted as a large figure on the side of a church portal. Usually young, attractive and generally adorned with a crown, chalice and cross-topped staff, looking confidently forward.


One of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, and one of the first leaders of the early Church. The statue shows him with a fisher net.


Adam and Eve are central to the belief that humanity is in essence a single family. They also provide the basis for the doctrines of the fall of man and original sin.


Some early fathers of the Christian church held Eve responsible for the Fall of man and all subsequent women to be the first sinners because Eve tempted Adam to commit the taboo.

John the apostle

or Saint John the Beloved was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus according to the New Testament. Usually depicted as a figure with a Book and a serpent in a chalice.


Personifying the Jewish synagogue. Synagoga is blindfolded and drooping, carrying a broken lance (possibly an allusion to the Holy Lance that stabbed Christ) and the Tablets of the Law or Torah scrolls that may even be slipping from her hand.

Abraham & Isaak

Abraham with a knife already in his hand, with which he wants to kill his son, whose hands are tied.

Maria & Jesus

In the middle of the tympanum, Mary is enthroned with the baby Jesus. Her feet tread the vanquished dragon, the symbol of evil.


The sculpture of Noah with a vine and a cane.

Jesaia, Jeremia & Archangel Gabriel

The two groups of figures above the portal ledge represents the Annunciation. Archangel Gabriel turns slightly to the Virgin Mary to bring her the message.

Mary of the Annunciation, Hesekiel & Daniel

The biblical prophets Ezekiel and Daniel are among the so-called "major" or "great" prophets. The great prophets are so called because they are named after them in a large number of books.