STATUES - HITHER & THITHER
France
Saint-Michel-de-Lanès
Aude

Languedoc-Roussillon

Rue du Pont de l'Hers
(Square Auguste Ardène)

Saint Michel terrassant le dragon

Saint Michael slaying the Dragon

Archangel, the field commander of the Army of God. He is often depicted slaying Satan represented as a dragon, and with a shield with text quis ut deus (Who is like God?, a literal translation of the name Michael).
(Wikipedia)
(artist?)
1874

Saint-Michel-de-Lanès /  Saint Michel terrassant le dragon   Saint-Michel-de-Lanès /  Saint Michel terrassant le dragon

Description

Stone statue of Saint Michael with the dragon.

Inscription(s)

quis ut deus!

michael
pugnavit cum dracone
et fecit victoriam
d.f.s.a. leuillieux
episcopus carcassonensis
hanc statuam sti michaelis
sumptibus et cura
augusti ardene erectam
benedixit
die v kalend. octo. mdccclxxiv
sancte michael,
memento familiæ tuæ
et eam ab omni hoste
protege

Saint Michael and the dragon

The motif of Michael and the dragon appears in Michael's fight with Samael in the Assumption of Moses, a Jewish apocryphal work.
The characteristic difference with the other dragonslayer saint George is that Michael as an angel is always depicted with wings.

Sculptor

Tags

Location N 43°19'27" E 1°45'22"

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