Oratory of Pré la Croix
This oratory is located near the entrance to the Fébronie chalet, where the leather workshop is located on the way to the Pouillères hamlet.
You will have the opportunity to walk past it on your way to the "Tour des Hameaux".
The oratories, which date from the 15th century, have a rural character, as they enabled peasants to devoutly pray to a patron saint or to God. However, it was also a place to give thanks and make offerings in the hope that the saint or God would protect them in return. In Montagnée, every year on 6 June, in a procession along a pastoral path, each family climbed up to their mountain chalet, with their animals (barnyard, dog, cat, cows, goats, sheep, pigs and mules carrying victuals): a priest accompanied them and blessed them, in front of the oratory: prayers were said for a favourable season in the mountain pastures, lush crops and protection for the livestock from lightning.
Villarembert has three surviving oratories.
One is dedicated to Notre-Dame de la Salette.
Free of charge.
All year round, daily.