Medieval Pilgrimage Portals

Many pilgrims on the Camino travel through parts of France and Spain and visit Romanesque cathedrals, like the Cathedrals of Saint-Lazare and Santiago de Compostela, and Gothic cathedrals, like the Cathedrals of Leon and Burgos.One of the first things that a Christian pilgrim would see walking into these churches was the portal. Because of this, pilgrimage portals in Medieval cathedrals were meant to have a powerful impact on travelers in not only their art, but also their architecture.


Samantha Zielinski