façade, built between 1209 and 1250, is 100 feet high and
150 feet wide - exactly twice the width of the Nave which it terminates.
There are niches for more than 500 figure sculptures, most of them
larger than lifesize. Wells west front is unique in retaining
almost 300 of its original medieval statues, which were originally
decorated in rich colours and gold leaf within the background of
their dark red niches.