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Statues on the South Transept of Lichfield Cathedral

Lichfield Cathedral VII

19th century

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Description

Above the south entrance is a frieze with seven statues of influential theologians of the early Christianity:

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  1. S. Augustine, (354 - 430), Bishop of Hippo Regius (present-day Annaba, Algeria), philosopher and theologian; his writings were very influential in the development of Western Christianity (Wikipedia).
  2. S. Jerome (c.?347 - 420), Roman Christian priest, confessor, theologian and historian, and who became a Doctor of the Church (Wikipedia).
  3. S. Ambrose (c. 340 - 397), was an archbishop of Milan who became one of the most influential ecclesiastical figures of the 4th century (Wikipedia).
  4. S. Gregory, St. Gregory the Great, pope 590-604 (Wikipedia).
  5. S. Chrystostom, John Chrysostom (c. 347 - 407), Archbishop of Constantinople, was an important Early Church Father (Wikipedia).
  6. S. Athanasius, St. Athanasius of Alexandria (c. 296-298 - 373), bishop of Alexandria (Wikipedia).
  7. S. Basil, St. Basil of Caesarea, also called Saint Basil the Great, (329 or 330 - 379), the Greek bishop of Caesarea Mazaca in Cappadocia, and n influential theologian (Wikipedia).

Lichfield - Statues on the West Front of Lichfield Cathedral

Lichfield Cathedral - 153 statues

The exterior of Lichfield cathedral is extremely rich with sculpted statues. Only the west front has 113 statues! On the rest of the exterior are 40 more statues. To make our web pages manageable, we firstly limited ourselves in photographing the large statues (the pointed archivolts of the entrance are decorated with many figures as well), and secondly, divided the description into seven parts of the cathedral:

  1. West Front - 113 statues.
  2. North Transept - 4 statues.
  3. Chapter House - 6 statues.
  4. Choir - 5 statues.
  5. Lady Chapel - 16 statues.
  6. Consistory Court - 2 statues.
  7. South Transept - 7 statues.
Lichfield - Statues Lichfield Cathedral
Curiously, the exterior walls of the nave does not show any statues.
Only five of the statues and the 'Christ in Majesty' in the roof of the west doorway are medieval, all others are carved in the late 19th century by various Victorian sculptors.

The interior of the cathedral is even richer in statues, but on this website we usually do not include statues in the interior of churches.
Close to the cathedral is also the statue of Charles II.

Tags

  • Country: Great Britain
  • Ambrose, St.
  • Athanasius of Alexandria, St.
  • Augustine of Hippo, St.
  • Basil of Caesarea, St.
  • Gregory the Great, St.
  • Jerôme, St.
  • John Chrysostom, St.
  • Locatie (N 52°41'7" - W 1°49'49")

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    Of each statue we made photos from various angles and also detail photos of the various texts.
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