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Saint Mitre: magic vineyard and naked lady

Mitre's sarcophagus | Malost / CC-BY-SA
Martyr Miracle Parish church Notre-Dame-de-la-Seds church

Grapes... of wrath

The Seds is closely linked to saint Mitre's worship. Mitre? He worked as a farmer for the rich and decadent Roman Arvendus. Mitre constantly blamed his master for his behaviour! So one day, Arvendus cut grapes on his vineyards and accused one of his servants.

Mitre started to pray: on the next morning, miracle! Grapes grew again! But the Roman didn’t like miracles: he arrested Mitre and cut off his head... A second miracle appeared: our martyr took his head and came in the Seds cathedral to put it on the altar.

Bells started to ring by themselves... and Mitre became a saint! His grave was in Aix primitive cathedral, the Seds, then it was translated in Aix current cathedral of Saint-Sauveur, in 1383.

A naked lady

In this cathedral, we used to find a painting by Nicolas Froment (painter of "The Burning Bush" triptych) representing Mitre’s martyr, in a lateral chapel.

On the foreground, we can see Jacques de La Roque and his family, praying around Mitre holding his head. Jacques de La Roque was the man who ordered this painting.

On the background, look at the turret: we have a naked woman, holding a spear! We don’t know who she was...

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