4 Portal of Lions Primate Cathedral of St. Mary in Toledo, Spain in Toledo, Spain

The Cathedral of Toledo’s youngest gateway is Portal of Lions named after the lion sculptures adorning the pedestal tops. Archbishop Alfonso Carrillo de Acuña commissioned Anequín de Egas Cueman to create the portal in 1460. The entrance required numerous artisans six years to complete. The centerpiece is a statue of the Assumption of the Virgin suspended by cherubs by sculptor Gregorio Pardo. Surrounding this are smaller images of Virgin Mary’s life. Above the tympanum are high reliefs of the Virgin’s Coronation plus the Twelve Apostles designed by Juan Alemán. Flanking the entrance are sculptures of Solomon and David, works by Esteban Jamete.


Calle Cardenal Cisneros, 1, 45002 Toledo, Spain


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