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The smile of Notre Dame
A smiling statue of the Virgin divides the entrance door to Metz Cathedral in two. The portal it stands on was hidden in 1764 by the architect Blondel to build a gallery. From 1880 to 1885, the German architect Tornow cleared the monument from these arches. The Portal of the Virgin was then rediscovered and restored. The saints seem to form a line guarding the Virgin. On the central pillar, she smiles, presenting her child to the adoration of the world. Jesus, also smiling, puts a hand on her veil.
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