Thursday, December 8, 2022

There's No Mistaking This Heraldic Entrance!

Having looked at the rear entrance to King's College, Cambridge, last time, today we go around front to the main entrance. It's a doozy!

(Yes, that's another view of the Chapel on the right. And feel free to click on the image above to see a larger, more detailed picture so as to better get the full effect!)

Above the central main gate, in pride of place, is the arms of King Henry VI (also the arms of King Henry VII and King Henry VIII, who completed the Chapel and, simply based on the heraldic badges scattered all over its façade, the main entrance).

To the left and to the right of the gate, carved in stone and inset into the walls, we find the arms of King's College and the arms of Eton College, respectively:

Next time, "Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges!" (Quoted from the 1948 film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.)

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