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Old May 21, 2011, 7:29 PM   #1
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I toodled off to forest of Bagnoles de l'Orne today and came up with these shots and the following story ........

The Priory of St Ortaire is a pilgrimage site due to the reputation of the Hermit St Ortaire who lived in these parts and who evangalised the region in the 6th century.

According to the legend, he possesed healing powers and accomplished miracles. The faithful who visited the capel would pick up stones found along the way, and then in accordance with their level of pain they would leave the stones in various places in and around the capel ie, in tress, on window frames, in the walls etc. The higher the stone was placed, the higher the level of pain.

When the stones fell naturally to the ground the ill person was cured. If anyone made the stones fall, then he would inherit the pain or illness of the "stone carrier".

St Ortaire lived a life of poverty and lived on nothing but roots for years. However he lived to a miraculous age for the time - 98 years and died in April of the year 580.

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People have also left rosary beads in the capel and with all the dust on them I think a few of them have been there for years.
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Just a shot to give an idea of the outside.
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I toodled off to forest of Bagnoles de l'Orne today and came up with these shots and the following story ........

The Priory of St Ortaire is a pilgrimage site due to the reputation of the Hermit St Ortaire who lived in these parts and who evangalised the region in the 6th century.

According to the legend, he possesed healing powers and accomplished miracles. The faithful who visited the capel would pick up stones found along the way, and then in accordance with their level of pain they would leave the stones in various places in and around the capel ie, in tress, on window frames, in the walls etc. The higher the stone was placed, the higher the level of pain.

When the stones fell naturally to the ground the ill person was cured. If anyone made the stones fall, then he would inherit the pain or illness of the "stone carrier".

St Ortaire lived a life of poverty and lived on nothing but roots for years. However he lived to a miraculous age for the time - 98 years and died in April of the year 580.

Hope you enjoyed the tale, and please do give me comments and feedback if you have the time.
I love seeing photo's of religious places... for some reason I'm particularly drawn to #1

I'm hoping to get to one of our bigger churches here one of these days... here's some images from google http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...w=1108&bih=717

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Good shots Dyane, nice to see you using the tripod.

It's hard to imagine thats in there from the outside shot
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A beautiful series, Diane! I love the warm orange glow of the inside of the chapel, and clean, crisp shot of the outside. Very interesting story too, thank you for sharing!
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Very nice enviroment and story
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What an interesting history! The warmth of the photos is very pleasing!

Thanks for sharing this with us thru these beautiful photos!
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Thanks Everyone, pleased you liked the story and the shots.
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Can't believe a place can be so old! Thanks for sharing this piece of history.
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