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Francis II of France

Funerary Monument of François II. © Patrick Cadet - Centre des monuments nationauxFrancis II  of France (1544 † 1560), was king of France from 1559 to 1560, son of Henry II and of Catherine of Medici.

The funerary monument of Francis II of France consists of a column decorated with flaming tongues of fire which evoke those that guided the Hebrews in the desert and came down on the Apostles filling them with the Holy spirit. At its base, three genies hold torches upside down, a symbol of death.

The ensemble, originally from the Célestine church in Paris, holds a vase containing the king’s heart.

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