16 December, 2007

"In this sign, you will conquer"

This bit of ruble is thought to be the neck piece of a statue of Constantine I the "Libérateur de l'Eglise" or if you take the word of the local people the horse belonged to Charlemagne. A similar kind of confusion existed at another church over another equestrian statue. That one is in Melle and in time we should get there.

The excesses of the revolution are credited with the damage. Many churches and monuments keep ruble of this sort about on the off chance it will aid in reconstruction of some of the lost past. In this case the stone causes a problem because at Melle even as the intact statue of the "Chavalier" is labled as Constantine the guide book explains they meant a local duke.


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