Merovingian king Clovis as founder of St. Genevieve.

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Merovingian king Clovis as founder of St. Genevieve.

Merovingian king Clovis as founder of St. Genevieve.

Clovis launching his ax with all the strength of his arm to indicate the place where he wanted to found St. Genevieve. Clovis lançant sa francisque de tout la force de son bras, pour indiquer la place où il voulait fonder Sainte-Geneviève.

The Abbey Sainte-Geneviève was an important, on a hill, the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, in Paris (5th Arrondissement) next to the present parish church Saint-Étienne-du-Mont monastery founded, of which only some under a preservation remains the centuries have survived. The origins of the abbey extend to the 5th century back when the Frankish king Clovis I the construction of the apostles Paul and Peter church initiated, dedicated to Saints-Pierre et Paul Apôtres, in the later patron saint of Paris, Saint Genevieve was buried.

Source: Paris à travers les siècles. Histoire nationale de Paris et des Parisiens depuis la fondation de Lutèce jusqu’à nos jours, by Nicolas Jules Henri Gourdon de Genouillac. Published 1879.


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