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The Biblical figures include:
North Portal Lower|
North Portal Upper|
The 32 carved Biblical figures seen on the 8-foot and 3-foot stones represent kings, prophets, judges, farmers, musicians, parents, children, rich and poor. The figures face each other in the semi-circle of the doorway: Deborah lifts her veil to call out her warnings; Abraham stands next to Sarah, with his hand placed over her pregnant belly; John the Baptist is draped in animal skins; Noah holds an unfinished ark, looking backward at the unfinished cathedral.
The bases and capitals surrounding the larger figures feature numerous topical, witty, yet timeless, symbols: a vision of the west front of the unfinished St. John the Divine; a pianist's hands; a DNA spiral; personal messages from the artists.