(Feb) 18. Our Lady of Laon, erected into a cathedral and founded by St. Remi, Archbishop of Rheims, about the year 500; this prelate also consecrated St. Geneband, his nephew,
its first bishop. Miracles were often wrought there, and, amongst others, we read that in 1395 there was seen on the spire, a crucifix, whose stigmata shed blood. (Thomas Walsingham, Hist. Ang. in Richardo I. rege.)
Image (click it to enlarge): Doors of The Cathedral of Our Lady of Laon, in France.
In Laon, placed on a ridge and overlooking the flat Picardy plain, St. Remi founded a bishopric in 487 A.D. Laon was a very important place in
the kingdom of the Franks. A Carolingian cathedral, consecrated in 800 in the presence of Charlemagne, existed here. This cathedral was burned severely by a mob of citizens, during an uprising on April, 25 1112 A.D.
The cathedral got repaired but it
was eventually decided to use its foundation [to 're-build'] for an even greater cathedral. The construction began about 1160 A.D. and was completed in the 1200's [the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Laon] - which is still extant today.