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Choir pier statues: St Jude the Apostle

Photo: © Dombauarchiv Köln

Sometime around the year 1280, over life-size statues of the 12 apostles, Christ, and the Virgin were placed on the piers of the inner choir. Above the apostles stand angels bearing various musical instruments. The old idea of comparing a cathedral’s columns with the apostles, the true pillars of the church, was first realised in 1248 in the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, and later adopted in Cologne. In terms of style, the exaggerated slenderness of the statues and the sumptuousness of their garments were influenced by Parisian sculpture of the late thirteenth century. The angels and their instruments symbolise the music of paradise played when Mary was crowned Queen of Heaven, as depicted by the statues of Christ and his mother, Mary.

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