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The Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption de Clermont-Ferrand), took about 7 centuries to complete, as many attempts to finish construction of it, had been delayed, and various sections of the church have been replaced several times due to wars in this region over the centuries. The cathedral is open to the public, and masses are held on a regular basis.
"The idea of the Crusades was first envisioned here. The First Crusade was proclaimed by Pôe Urban II in 1095 and developed into a fervent ideology of conquering the Holy Lands. In the city's skyline, you can count 50 towers that represent the medieval city's churches."
"The city of Clermont-Ferrand in Central France boasts a very ancient and colorful history. Christianity probably arrived here in the 2nd or 3rd century AD, and the city has been a bishopric ever since the 5th century."
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"Clermont hosted several Church councils. The first, in 535, established a number of rules and regulations pertaining to the clergy, relations with the Jews, and other issues, many of which remain in force to the present day.
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"The city of Clermont and its cathedral made their great mark in Christian history in 1095. In November of that year, the Second Council of Clermont was held, and presided over by the Pope himself, Urban II. This council, a follow-up to the Council of Piacenza, was convened primarily to address the growing threat of the Seljuk Turks, who were then overrunning the Middle East and threatening the ancient Byzantine Empire."
"The emperor had personally sent an appeal to aid from the Christians of Western Europe, and it was at the Council of Clermont that the Roman Catholic Church made its answer. On November 27, Urban II addressed a great assembly, and called for volunteers to take up the Cross and defend the Byzantine Empire from the Saracens. The scope of this effort quickly grew into the First Crusade, with the ultimate aim of liberating Jerusalem and the Holy Land.
|"The Sermon of Urban II at the Counsel of Clermont" - Livre des Passages d'Outre-mer, of c 1474 (Bibliothèque National)|
Under the choir, rests the Black Madonna in an alcove.
The Lost Madonna of Mercy and Motherly Love
"She blesses the infertile with children and heals unhappy marriages. In the Middle Ages, she was highly celebrated with her own pilgrimage and festival in her town in central France.
This black Madonna was re-discovered during cathedral renovations in 1974. Sealed up in the walls, she stood hidden away and protected from some long forgotten danger. She is in symbol and in fact an example of reclaiming the Sacred Feminine.
Her jet black darkness was widely assumed to be due to her middle eastern blood. "The Bride is black, swarthy from her labors in her brothers' vineyards" -- Song of Solomon." -sacredsource.com
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|The earliest section of the cathedral is the crypt, which is shown above.|
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