The left, Last Judgment, portal originally gave access to the eastern walk of the cloister and probably dates from ca. 1225-1230. The tympanum shows Christ the Judge, displaying his wounds and flanked by the kneeling figures of the Virgin and St John the Baptist and angels holding Instruments of the Passion. The jamb figures, representing six Apostles, flank the trumeau statue of Christ.
The cathedral of Notre-Dame is a masterpiece of 13th-century Gothic architecture, where the kings of France were once crowned. It was begun in 1211 and completed at the end of the 13th century, with the exception of the upper parts of the western towers. The cathedral is frequently compared to Chartres, which was begun some 15 years earlier, but also the choir plan derives directly from that of the nearby church of St Remi. Inscriptions included the names of four master masons; Jean d'Orbais, Jean le Loup, Gaucher de Reims and Bernard de Soissons. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.