Basilica of Saint Denis - the central portal doors in gilded bronze depicting the Passion of the Christ. Abbot Suger, an oblate from the age of 10, was abbot of Saint Denis from 1122 and patron of its rebuilding and expansion beginning in 1135. Abbot Suger’s patronage is inscribed at the top of the portal doors:
For the glory of the church which nurtured and raised him, Suger strove for the glory of the church, Sharing with you what is yours, oh martyr Denis. He prays that by your prayers he should become a sharer in Paradise. The year when it was consecrated was the one thousand, one hundred and fortieth year of the Word.
Saint Denis, France. Photo by Amber Maitrejean