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Paris: Saint-Maur-des-Fossés (Our Lady of Miracles)

About Our Lady of Miracles:

Just on the outskirts of Paris you will find the small parish of Saint Nicholas in Saint-Maur-des-Fosses, and its main attraction, the statue of Our Lady of Miracles.

The story centers around a man named Guillaume de Corbeil, a feudal lord in the 11th Century, who had petitioned King Henry I of France and won the role of protector of the Abbey des Fosses. As he grew older, he developed health problems and made a vow to the Blessed Virgin Mary that if he were cured he would become a Monk at the Abbey. He was indeed cured rather quickly and followed through on his promise.

Once in the Abbey he realized how much the statues of Jesus and Mary had fallen into dis-repair and set about to correct the situation. He arranged for a sculptor, named Rumolde, to repair the statues. As Rumolde began his work on July 10, 1068, he heard a voice cry out his name from outside the Abbey. When he went outside there was no one there, but when he went back inside he was amazed to see the statue completely refinished.

The Statue survived the French Revolution and, since 1790, has been on display in the church ever since. On the Saturday closest to December 8th each year, the townspeople take it on procession through the town.


How to find the Church of Our Lady of Miracles:

We recommend “Little Black Book of Paris” and  “Streetwise Maps” to help you find your way.

There are two train stations nearby, Joinville le point to the north or to Saint Maur Creteil to the south. It is about one mile from either station to the Church of Saint Nicholas.

Address: Place Armes, 94100 Saint-Maur-des-Fossés

GPS coordinates: 48° 48′ 43.5024” N, 2° 28′ 26.4540” E

Tel: 01 48 83 46 61
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