Life and Miracles of Saint Nicolas

Cathedral of St. Etienne, Bourges, France

photos courtesy of Stuart Whatling

Bourges Cathedral, a World Heritage Site, tells the stories of the Old and New Testaments, the life of saints and martyrs, prophets and apostles. The ambulatory has 22 early 13th century windows, with 480 separate panels. The large window in bay 19 of the ambulatory is devoted to the life and legends of Saint Nicolas. The window is shown below with sections in reverse order and with links to the stories. The first four panels below are replacement 19th century glass. The whole window may be seen below.

St Nicolas, Bourges Cathedral, Photo © Stuart Whatling

Above left: Answer to Prayer: Birth of Nicolas
Right: Boyhood, schooling

St Nicolas, Bourges Cathedral, Photo © Stuart Whatling

Above: Nicolas installed as Bishop of Myra

St Nicolas, Bourges Cathedral, Photo © Stuart Whatling

Above: Nicolas blessing the three students

St Nicolas, Bourges Cathedral, Photo © Stuart Whatling

Above: Students welcomed by evil innkeeper

St Nicolas, Bourges Cathedral, Photo © Stuart Whatling

Above left: The Evil Innkeeper/Butcher
Right: Nicolas resuscitating the students

St Nicolas, Bourges Cathedral, Photo © Stuart Whatling

Above: The Story of the Dowries

St Nicolas, Bourges Cathedral, Photo © Stuart Whatling

Above: The three Generals are arrested

St Nicolas, Bourges Cathedral, Photo © Stuart Whatling

Above left: The Prefect dreams of St. Nicholas
Center: Emperor Constantine dreams of St. Nicolas
Right: while the Generals sleep

St Nicolas, Bourges Cathedral, Photo © Stuart Whatling

Above: The Generals are freed & given gifts for the Saint

St Nicolas, Bourges Cathedral, Photo © Stuart Whatling

Above: One Cup or Two?

Whole window
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Photos: copyright © Stuart Whatling Medieval Art, North Lincolnshire, England. Visit Medieval Art for larger images. Used by permission.
Photo of entire window: copyright © Gordon Plumb, North Lincolnshire, England. Used by permission.

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