Seville Cathedral: Chapter House – West section of the dome ceiling

West section of the dome of the Chapter House attached to the Seville Cathedral, Andalusia, Spain

Chapter House – West section of the dome

West section of the dome ceiling
The image shows the west section of the elliptical dome of the Chapter House, an ornate hall attached to the southeast corner of the Seville Cathedral.

As you can see from the image, the interior decoration of the dome consists of several vertically stacked concentric panels. The radial segments that flow from the top intersect these panels and divide them into trapezoidal-shaped concave blocks.

The first panel (from the top) contains flowery patterns and the second panel contains figures of Giralda and vases with flowers. The blocks on the third panel alternate between the circular portraits of saints and stained glass windows. Just like the second panel, the figures in the center of the stained glass windows alternate between the Giralda and the vase with flowers. Surrounding each circular portrait is a rectangular decoration with the name of the saint inscribed in Latin at the top.

The portraits of the following four saints are visible in the image from left to right:
1. San Fernando
2. San Leandro
3. San Laureano
4. Santa Rufina

As you can see, the bas-reliefs in the bottom-most panel alternate between portrait and landscape formats.

Here is a description of the reliefs from left to right:

1. Daniel in the lion’s den
2. Apocalyptic vision of John of Patmos – Revelation 14: 17 – 20 – A son of man with sharp sickle, the gathering of the grapes and throwing them into the great wine-press of God’s wrath.
3. Baptism of Jesus
4. Apocalyptic vision of John of Patmos – Revelation 8:2 – Angels with trumpets

Related Pages
Seville Cathedral: An awe-inspiring architectural marvel
La Giralda: A harmonious blend of Moorish and Renaissance architectural styles
Sala Capitular – The Chapter House of the Seville Cathedral
Sacristía Mayor – The Main Sacristy of the Seville Cathedral

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