Notre Dame du Port
In the crypt of the beautiful Romanesque basilica, 4 Rue Notre Dame du Port, 63000 Clermont-Ferrand, 29 cm, 17th century copy of a much older Byzantine original.
Many pilgrims came to the church in the Middle Ages to view the statue. Ean Begg mentions an ancient sacred well in the crypt and writes: "The present Virgin, an Oriental Vierge de Tendresse, whose image is knowm from 13 C; was saved by two women at the Revolution, but stolen on 28 Jan. 1864. It cried so much that it was restored by the remorseful thief in 1873." (The Cult of the Black Vrigin, Arkana: 1985, p. 181)