Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Ste. Genevieve

‘OLD PARIS – The most ancient cemetery in Paris is at present being removed and dug up at the cost of the State and under the direction of the Government authorities.  Its existence dates back to a period anterior to the sixth century, and as we might expect, the work of exhumation has disclosed objects of the most valuable antiquarian interest.  This cemetery was attached to the original church of St. Peter and St. Paul, afterward known as Ste Genevieve, and a little book written in the ninth century, and entitled “The Miracles of Ste. Genevieve”, describes it as extending all along the road which led to the route to Sens, up to and including the territory of the church of St. Marcel…’ 

The feast of the patroness of Paris is January 3rd.  The text above comes from a note supplied in Walter Scott’s “The Antiquary”,

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