This is our beautiful Saint Gertrude of Nivelles Plaque. St. Gertrude (c. 621-659) of Nivelles, Belgium was an abbess and the patron saint of travelers, gardeners, cats, and against mice, rats, and mental illness. This plaque will make a wonderful gift for a birthday, first communion, confirmation, and the feast day of St. Gertrude of Nivelles on March 17th.
A Solid Bronze Plaque in Three Sizes
Available in three sizes – small (p12k – 2 x 1.8 inches), medium (p8m – 4 x 3.25 inches) and large (p35g – 7.9 x 6.3 inches), this solid bronze plaque will hang with ease on any wall in the office or at home. This plaque was carefully crafted and forged by a master bronzesmith in Germany. This plaque is an excellent gift for that special “Gertrude” or cat lover in your life!
Saint Gertrude of Nivelles – the original “Cat Lady”
St. Gertrude (in German, Gertrud) is depicted on this plaque holding a traveler’s staff. The crown on the ground symbolizes her refusal to marry into a royal family. Mice and rats can be seen scurrying away and dying at her feet. She and her nuns kept cats to control the rodent population. According to one account, she prayed that the rodents leave her monastery and they did so immediately. Saint Gertrude is the original “cat lady” – the patron saint of cats and cat lovers.