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St Omer Notre Dame Cathedral

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St Omer Notre Dame Cathedral

I would like to know why on a tomb there were many childrens shoes inline directly on top of this tomb inside the Cathedral .

Is there a religious meaning to this ?

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1. Re: St Omer Notre Dame Cathedral

It's the sarcophagus of St Erkembode (Erkemboden in English). He was a Benedictine bishop of Therouanne, near St Omer, in the 8th century.

I came across two reasons for the tradition of leaving shoes:

- Pilgrims came in droves to visit his tomb, and some left their worn-out footwear as an offering after having walked a long way.

- He was reputed to have the power of curing malformations of the foot, particularly for children, and illnesses of bones.

It's a rather moving sight, isn't it?

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2. Re: St Omer Notre Dame Cathedral

Yes it is very moving sight to see , I only went to St omer for one day this past weekend and it was while I was tne Cathedral that I came across this . Thank you so much for answering my question .

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