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North tower of the West Façade of the cathedral of Chartres
was, apparently, the earliest of the above-ground structures added
to the building constructed by Bishop Fulbert which has survived into
our own time.
The most prominent and, perhaps, most significant of capitals sports two griffins, drinking at a chalice-like font.
second capital depicts an inigmatic scene consisting of an archer-centaur,
carrying a youth on his back, attacking a female figure.
The third capital, which gives us a better idea of the figure style which this workshop might have espoused, appears to depict a Samson, who has dismounted from his horse to attack a quite magnificent Lion with his pruned lance. Samson (if that is indeed who he is) sports a rather typical hat, and there is an inigmatic figure lying between Samson and the Lion.
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