Ambonil

Vierge du voeu

Votive Virgin in Ambonil, at the west end of the town. It was to have been the first to be consecrated, on July 15, 1945, by the Bishop of Valence, Camille Pic, but on the morning of the inauguration, it was found broken in three pieces, so the plaster model was consecrated instead. The second version of the statue, sculpted exactly the same, was consecrated by Vicar General Alexandre Soulas on August 10, 1947. The Virgin and Child was sculpted by the Hartmanns.

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Address : Ambonil , 26800 Ambonil
GPS Coordinates : 44.794479 , 4.906279
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Votive Virgin in Ambonil, at the west end of the town. It was to have been the first to be consecrated, on July 15, 1945, by the Bishop of Valence, Camille Pic, but on the morning of the inauguration, it was found broken in three pieces, so the plaster model was consecrated instead. The second version of the statue, sculpted exactly the same, was consecrated by Vicar General Alexandre Soulas on August 10, 1947. The Virgin and Child was sculpted by the Hartmanns.

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There is dual origin for the statues of Votive Virgins, to be seen in a number of towns in Drôme. On July 9, 1944, in Die, Abbot Jean Bossan encouraged his parishioners to pray for the protection of the Virgin and to vow to build a statue in her honor if the town was saved. The Bishop of Valence-sur-Rhône, Monsignor Camille Pic, set in motion the movement in the département through the Religious Week of the diocese of Valence-sur-Rhône, Die and Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux on July 26, 1944. The vows would be taken on August 15, 1944, Assumption Day.

Making the statues was most often assigned to local or regional sculptors, such as Gaston Dintrat, the Hartmanns, refugees in Allex, Duilio Donzelli and his son Dante of Valence-sur-Rhône, the Bachini and Vermare shops from Lyon. The statues were of varied inspiration: crowned Virgins and child, uncrowned Virgins with or without haloes, Virgins of Lourdes, weeping Virgins, Virgins with a star, Virgins Our Lady of the Hearth. The list must be completed with statues from before 1944, that became votive Virgins afterwards.

Sources: "Semaine religieuse du diocèse de Valence, Die et Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux", 1945, p. 168 et 188 et 1947, p. 364 (MUV D 617 - ADD AP 55/15)

Information: Jean-Noël Couriol

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