Green Men And Sirens At St Michel D’Aiguilhe

 

The chapel of St Michel d’Aiguilhe, high above Le Puy en Velay, has a marvellous façade where Green Men spew an arc of vegetation with more Green Men among foliage in the spandrels standing upon foliate masks.  They surround an unusual pair of sirens on the lintel.  This 12th-century chapel of St Michael the Archangel was implanted – as so often with churches dedicated to St Michael – on a pagan shrine of a Gallo-Roman Mercury.  Such places are normally found on heights, and are among the earliest Christian emplacements. 

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