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Saint Louis

King Louis IX of France

Poissy 1214 - Tunis 1270
king of France 1226-1270
Charles Pêtre & Pierre & Habitat
1867 (copy 2011)

Metz /  Saint Louis   Metz /  Saint Louis


Stone statue of Saint-Louis.
This statue has a remarkable story. In 1707, Father Henry Louis Ferrand, pastor of Saint-Simplice Church (now disappeared) bought a statue found in the Citadel to replace the pyramidal top of a fountain built in 1671 just steps from his church on the Place du Change. The statue represented King Louis XIII but was confused with Louis IX, said St. Louis, who was king of France from 1226 to 1270, and never reigned over Metz which, at the time, was not yet attached to the kingdom of France. In 1867, the sculptor Charles Pêtre, commissioned by the residents of Metz, a statue of Saint-Louis as crusader dress with his armor covered by a cloak and wearing his fleur-de-lis crown. This statue replaced the fountain and was in 1980 moved to its current location. In 2005, the statue was replaced with a copy and the original was placed in the Musée de la Cour d'Or in Metz. In February 2011, a delivery man made a false move and reduced the statue to a thousand pieces. It was replaced in November 2011 by a new statue made by the the stonemason firm Pierre et Habitat of Lavallée in a style similar to the original.




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Locatie (N 49°7'1" - E 6°10'44") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

Item Code: frlo173; Photograph: 27 May 2019
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