Weekly Photo Challenge: Beneath you Feet: Walking through Clermont Ferrand

This week’s challenge asks people to “document the world beneath your feet”

I immediately remembered my visit to Clermont Ferrand in France where the streets had little medallions encrusted in them. During my visit I recognised that the medallions represented the famous citizens of the city: Vercingetorix, Pope Urban II, Blaise Pascal and Comtesse G (Countess Brayere) who vested Montferrand with the power to become a city (in the 12th century) and yes there were originally two towns Clermont and Montferrand that got combined. Anyway the point is that until I started reading up on Clermont today I didn’t realise that these medallions actually indicate walking paths- for tours around the city. Proves you learn something new everyday.

The Comtesse G medallions in the old part of Montferrand
The Comtesse G medallions in the old part of Montferrand
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Pope Urban II
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Vercingetorix the Gaullish Chieftain who gave the Romans a run for their money
Blaise Pascal- the famous mathematicians was born in Clermont Ferrand
Blaise Pascal- the famous mathematicians was born in Clermont Ferrand
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12 Comments Add yours

  1. neihtn2012 says:

    That’s good to know about those medallions. Thanks Sukanya for sharing this interesting tidbit.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you for visiting as always Hien!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you!

  2. Lav says:

    As above (wondrous). So below.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      You always come up with great things to say!

  3. Alex Hurst says:

    Those are awesome. I would be one of those people that block traffic because I just wanted to stare at them a LITTLE longer. 🙂 Great captures.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      I so did that- there were cars waiting for me to finish my photos at least a couple of times- though I must say that the streets were not very crowded.

  4. Nirmala says:

    Very interesting!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you!

  5. This is so interesting! Firstly, it’s a great subject for this challenge. And secondly, it’s wonderful that you researched this, and found out so much more about the medallions!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you liked the post. I found it very interesting that the city took so much pains to showcase its history to visitors.

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