Montmeyran

Vierge du voeu

Votive Virgin in Montmeyran, on what was once a feudal castle mound, 300 meters north of the village. It is signed D. Donzelli Valence on the back and was consecrated on July 11, 1948.

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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... Read more

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Address : Montmeyran , 26120 Montmeyran
GPS Coordinates : 44.835706 , 4.97599
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  • Local religious expression
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Votive Virgin in Montmeyran, on what was once a feudal castle mound, 300 meters north of the village. It is signed D. Donzelli Valence on the back and was consecrated on July 11, 1948.

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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: Musée de la Résistance en ligne

Renseignements: Jean-Noël Couriol

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