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The Crevasses Oratory

Villarembert Open
  • © The Crevasses Oratory - Mairie de Villarembert

This oratory is located in the hamlet of Les Crevasses.
You'll pass it if you set off on the "Tour des Hameaux" hike.

Description

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 its mountain pasture chalet, with its animals (barnyard, dogs, cats, 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.

Rebuilt in 1991, it is dedicated to Saint Anthony.

Rates

Free of charge.

Opening time

All year round, daily.

Spoken languages

  • French

Location

The Crevasses Oratory
Les Crevasses 73300 Villarembert
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