Conques Last Judgment Tympanum
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The center of the bottom register -- Heaven's Gate, Hell Mouth
Beneath the words NIL METVENTES, "fearing nothing," two of the elect
look back placidly at the grotesque red devil whose hair stands on end.
(Latin horridus means both
"horrid" and, of hair, "standing on end.") The elect are welcomed by
the angel at the gate of Heaven. On the other side, the red devil and
his mates feed souls seriatim into the entrance of Hell, conventionally
represented as the mouth of a great monster.
Photographed at the
site by Richard Stracke