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Chapel of Hargnies

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08170 HARGNIES

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A chapel in honor of the patron saint of Hargnies was built by the inhabitants of the village.
At the entrance to Hargnies, arriving from Vireux-Wallerand, this chapel is on your right.

This chapel is dedicated, like several others in the Val d'Ardenne, to Saint Roch, patron and protector of plague victims. Remember that a terrible epidemic of plague raged in the region at the beginning of the 1349th century and that Saint Roch was often invoked as being the saint who assists his devotees against the contagion of the plague among other things... Saint Roch evokes you without doubt the legend of Saint Roch and his dog. Here is a brief summary: Saint Roch was born in XNUMX in Montpellier. When he came of age, he distributed all his possessions to the poor and went on a pilgrimage to Rome. He stopped in several towns in Italy affected by the Black Death and obtained numerous cures. Unfortunately, he too caught the disease. He then retired to a forest so as not to infect others. Only a dog from a neighboring lord visited him and brought him bread stolen from his master's table every day. Intrigued by the ride of his dog, the lord followed him and discovered Roch at the bottom of his retreat. He rescued him and thus Roch recovered his health. Note Chapel visible only from the outside.

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