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Votive Virgin in Grane, at the edge of the town, a short distance from départemental route 113, in the Boisset district. The niche that houses the Virgin is the work of the Valence architect Bérenger, and the statue was made by the Hartmanns. The statue was consecrated on July 24, 1949 by Vicar General Soulas. 

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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... Read more

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Address : Grane , 26400 Grane
GPS Coordinates : 44.728267 , 4.924192
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Votive Virgin in Grane, at the edge of the town, a short distance from départemental route 113, in the Boisset district. The niche that houses the Virgin is the work of the Valence architect Bérenger, and the statue was made by the Hartmanns. The statue was consecrated on July 24, 1949 by Vicar General Soulas. 

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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.

Source: "Semaine religieuse du diocèse de Valence, Die et Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux", 1949, p. 382 - 383 (MUV D 617 - ADD AP 55/17)

Information: Jean-Noël Couriol

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