Monuments and Cultural Heritage

Chapelle Saint-Roch

Chapel erected in 1637 and located in the cemetery of Vireux-Wallerand.
Renovated, the chapel finally seems to be reborn. The St-Roch Chapel was erected following a plague epidemic which raged in the region at the beginning of the 1349th century. Saint-Roch is often invoked as the saint who ordinarily assists his devotees against contagion (plague among others). Saint-Roch is generally represented with a dog. Saint-Roch was born in XNUMX in Montpellier. When he came of age, he distributed all his possessions to the poor and left on a pilgrimage to Rome. He stopped in several Italian cities affected by the Black Death and obtained numerous cures. Unfortunately, he too caught the disease. He then retreated into a forest so as not to infect others. Only the dog of a neighboring lord visited him and brought him every day a piece of bread stolen from his master's table. Intrigued by his dog's behavior, the lord followed him and discovered Roch at the bottom of his retreat. He rescued him and, thus, Roch regained his health. Note: Chapel visible only from the outside.
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