South Transept Portal
Lester's note: The trumeau or pier is one of the most important components of most high Gothic portals. In the center of the doorway as a support
for the lintel and tympanum, it frequently is adorned with a large statue of Christ or the Virgin Mary. This trumeau figure at Amiens,
the "Vierge Doree" or "Golden Virgin," exemplifies the elegant style of the mid-thirteenth century. The Virgin has a fully rounded
body, long sweeping drapery folds, a gracefully swaying posture, and a smile on her softly rounded face. Originally the statue was
gilded and that is the source of its name.