On my recent trip away I popped in to Notre Dame de Marceille, this has been covered before, but I thought I would refresh the topic for anyone who hasn't been.
The chapel is a well known place for pilgrims, who came to see amongst other things its famous Black Madonna. The original of which was stolen ( I think, around 2008 ).
Thanks to RLCResearch.com for the picture, http://www.rlcresearch.com/2009/01/21/n ... ?nggpage=2
.This has now been replaced by this ( quite horrid ) remake. In the Visitor's guide it mentions nothing of this, but does say " To the left of the high altar are two chapels, and in the Chapel of the Virgin is the Miraculous Statue. This statue was probably made in the 11th or 12th century and had been buried in the earth until it was dug up in the 12th or 13th century. It is 55cm high and is displayed in a niche, framed by a reredos of gilded wood. Originally it could be touched, but nowadays it is protected by a grille. It is a graceful image of Mary holding an equally graceful child on her knees. Tens of thousands of pilgrims have visited this Madonna and Child, in order to venerate, admire, understand and pray."
Some other things of interest are, a painting of St Antoine ( some could say without temptation ? ). Thanks again to RLCresearch.com who's picture is a lot better than the ten I tried to take, http://www.rlcresearch.com/2009/01/21/n ... ?nggpage=2
Also, as mentioned by Sheila here viewtopic.php?f=1&t=3225&p=70608#p70608
The heart of Antoine d'Hautpoul, Lord of Rennes, was removed from his body after his death in 1674 and kept in the Chapel. I don't know if this picture is of this relic, but the statue definitely contains a relic of some kind ( silly me forgot to take a picture of the writing underneath
, if someone could verify this it would be appreciated ).
Something else of interest is the Chapel's links to the Lazarist movement, as shown here by the veneration of a local Lazarist monk.
A fascinating place that I would urge you to visit if you get the chance, please correct me on any errors I may have made or on any additional research material.