Oratoire du pas de la Vierge
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Oratoire du pas de la Vierge


At the top of the Pareuses hill, at the level of the Forest Theatre, an oratory looks like a small chapel 1.70 m wide and 2.55 m deep.

On the façade, the splayed semicircular opening is closed by an iron door with holes drawing a cross. A frieze crowns the walls and supports a two-sloped roof made of stone slabs whose joints are covered by four projecting ribs. Above the pediment is a stone cross. Inside, a credenza placed on the ceiling supports the statue of the Virgin of the Miraculous Medal. The floor is tiled, but in the centre there is an opening of one and a half tiles which reveals the underlying rock. An old tombstone is placed across the threshold.
Inscription on the pediment: M. On the frieze: +AVE MARIA. On the arch of the door: 1680+1898.

During the night of October 3 to 4, 1680, a violent fire ravaged the rue Montrieux and the Grande Rue as far as the church of Saint-Bénigne which was half consumed. The fire only stopped thanks to the rain, interpreted as a divine intervention of the Virgin in response to the prayers of the whole population. Some people thought they saw the Virgin herself appear.
In 1859, a first wooden oratory was built by the FAIVRE family, known as Bacquillons, at the place where the Virgin supposedly appeared in the wood above. It was replaced in 1898 by a small chapel, also known as the chapel of the PASSEE, housing a statue of Mary placed on an altar, in front of the rock that would bear the mark of the Virgin's footstep.

Source : Les oratoires du Doubs, P.DIEUDE

Oratoire du pas de la Vierge

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