Casale Monferrato


The Cathedral of Sant’Evasio in Casale Monferrato was decorated with pavement mosaics, now displayed on the walls of the corridor leading from the apse to the sacristy.


One scene represents the demise of Nicanor, a Syrian-Seleucid General under Antiochus Epiphanes and Demetrius Soter. After the Maccabees defeated Nicanor in the Battle of Asra in 161 BC, they cut off his head and right hand and hanged them outside Jerusalem (see 1 Maccabees 7:47). For representations of the Maccabees in the context of the crusades see the page on Bobbio.


Another scene represents affronted knights.

Affronted Knights in Casale

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