Adam, the Serpent, and Eve

Adam, the Serpent, and Eve, circa 12th-14th centuries C.E. Entrance to Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.

In the center of the west façade of Notre Dame Cathedral, a large stained-glass rose window creates a halo around the statue of the Virgin Mary with child between two angels. On the right and the left, statues of Adam and Eve remind the viewer of original sin.

Adam, the Serpent, and Eve, circa 12th-14th centuries C.E. Entrance to Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.

The Christian idea that humanity is inherently sinful because of Adam and Eve's transgression in the garden of Eden, found in the very first chapters of the Bible.

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