National Geographic : 1922 Jul
112 THIE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by Crete DETAILS OF THE WEST FACADE OF RHEIMS CATHEDRAL The west facade of this church, "perhaps the most beautiful structure produced in the Middle Ages," is the supreme example of elaborate decoration in the early Gothic style. The sides and overhead vaulting of the three recessed portals and the gables above them are beautifully adorned with sculptures and carvings. (Photograph made before the damage done during the World War; see also page 82.) The facades of the cathedrals of Notre Dame, Tours, Amiens, Strassburg, and ,ichfield are similarly embellished.