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Chapelle Saint-Roch

Historic site and monument in Vireux-Wallerand

  • The chapel of St- Roch was built following a plague that has plagued the region in the early seventeenth century.


    Saint-Roch is often cited as the saint who usually attends his devotees against infection (the plague, among others).

    Saint-Roch is usually represented with a dog.
    Saint Roch was born in 1349 in Montpellier. At his majority, he distributed all his goods to the poors and went on a pilgrimage to Roma.
    He stopped in several cities in Italy affected by the black plague and...
    The chapel of St- Roch was built following a plague that has plagued the region in the early seventeenth century.


    Saint-Roch is often cited as the saint who usually attends his devotees against infection (the plague, among others).

    Saint-Roch is usually represented with a dog.
    Saint Roch was born in 1349 in Montpellier. At his majority, he distributed all his goods to the poors and went on a pilgrimage to Roma.
    He stopped in several cities in Italy affected by the black plague and obtained many cures.
    Unfortunately, he also caught the disease.
    He then retired in a forest so as not to infect others.
    Only a dog of a neighboring lord would visit him and bring him everyday a loaf of bread stolen from his master’s table.
    Intrigued by his dog’s merry-go-round, the lord followed him and discovered Roch at the bottom of his retreat. He rescued him and Roch regained his health.

    Note: Chapel only visible from the outside.
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