What do you expect to find in an old, gothic cathedral? Chairs, crosses, candles, bells, statues of angles and saints, altars, graves. OK, whom do you think is burried in the graves? Church dignitaries, the architect, kings, royal family members or members of the local sovereign. OK, and in France? The same.
In fact, I found something remarkable in the cathedral Notre-Dame de l’assomption in Rouen. The grave of a king. A certain king. King Richard Lionheart of England! He is burried in France! Very remarkable.
The inscription says:
HIC COR CONDITUM EST RICARDI
ANGLORUM REGIS QUI COR LEONIS DICTUS
OBIIT AN MCXCIX
This is Latin and means:
Buried here is the heart of Richard King of the English who was called Lionheart. He died in 1199
His body instead without the heart is buried at Fontevraud, Anjou.
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