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Bargemon (Var), France: Shrine of Notre Dame de Bargemon

 

About the Shrine of Our Lady of Bargemon:

There was an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary on March 17, 1635 with healing and a message.  A day later, Father Sebastien Gache returned from a visit to Belgium and brought with him a small statuette of Our Lady of Scherpenheuvel from the Shrine of Our Lady of Scherpenheuvel.

Very quickly, Bargemon became a place of pilgrimage.  Our Lady is honored here under the title of Our Lady of Bargemon (decree of recognition by the local Bishop took place in 1641).

It became an important pilgrimage destination in the 17th and 18th Centuries; however, the French Revolution brought all of that to an end:  the chapel was closed and most anything of religious importance was taken from the chapel.

The statuette in the chapel
The statuette in the chapel

But the statue was hidden away, and after the Revolution it was returned to the church.  Since then, many works of art have been added to the church, as well as paintings, stained glass windows, altarpieces, statues, etc.

Unfortunately, the church itself fell into a state of disrepair and was basically forgotten except for a handful of local residents who showed up for Mass and the annual pilgrimage.  Around 2012 there came a new priest with a devotion to our Lady.  Upon his arrival he found that the locals had already begun to renew the devotion and the chapel itself.

Today, work continues on the restoration and an increasing number of pilgrims are visiting.  In addition, there are several families of Iraqi Christian refugees who have settled in the village and are an addition to the congregation.

Every year, on Easter Monday, a pilgrimage is organized to allow the faithful to renew their devotion to Our Lady of Montaigu.

 

Finding the Shrine of Our Lady of  Bargemon:

Bargemon is a bit hard to find.  You can take the train as far as Les-Arcs Draguignan, and from there take a taxi.  Get train & bus schedules, see fares & buy tickets here

Address:  17 rue Marceau 83830 Bargemon

Tel:  +33 4 94 39 13 30
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