Clermont-Ferrand

Clermont Ferrand

In the chapel of St. George in the Cathedral of Clermont-Ferrand, the saint is depicted both on stained glass windows and on the wall paintings beneath.

THE PAINTINGS

The paintings, which date from the thirteenth century, contain representations both of the martyrdom of St. George (on the upper register) and his posthumous intervention in the Battle of Antioch (on the lower register).  This is the same subject as at Hardham, Fordington and Damerham in England or Poncé-sur-le-Loir in France. The saint is dressed entirely in white and is holding a lance with a white penannt. The caparison of his horse is also white. There are red crosses on his banner, his shield, his cloak and the caparison of his horse.

Clermont Saint George

St. George is facing a line of Saracens, clearly identified as such by their bossed shields. The saint’s first opponent (badly damaged) is falling dramatically from his black horse. The second opponent faces the saint, while the other three have turned their horses.

Clermont Saracens

STAINED GLASS WINDOWS

Some of the windows date from the thirteenth century, while others are modern additions and replacements. Among the latter, there is a representation of St. George battling against the dragon as the princess watches on.

Saint George and the dragon

ACCESS

Clermont-Ferrand is a vibrant city in Auvergne, surrounded by the Chaîne des Puys (there is a good view of them from the west porch of the Cathedral).

Clermont Ferrand from the West Clermont Ferrand

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