Saint-Etienne church in Déols and its bloody Virgin

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Saint-Etienne church in Déols Parish church Miracle Legend

Raised on the foundation of a Gallo-Roman necropolis, you will recognize the Romanesque church with its huge bell-tower (16th century) and its façade (12th century). In the past, it was dedicated to saint Ludre.

It was located on the way to Compostela. Destroyed by bombings in 1944, all the stained-glass windows were destroyed: Basque glassmaker Carl MauméJean made the current one, in 1930. Only one window was done identically: the Annunciation one.

Now, come here: one window represents Our-Lady of Déols' miracle... The legend said this... King Philip Augustus and king of England Henri II Plantagenet battled. In May 1187, soldiers played dices in front of the church, in Déols.

A small statue of Virgin Mary was looking at them, on a niche in the façade... One of those soldiers lose: he started to blaspheme, flared up and saw the statue: he threw a stone on it! This one fell and her arm broke.

Suddenly blood started to ran from the “wound”, and the solider fell, stone dead! You know what? The arm became precious relic and John the Fearless brought it back in England... Anyway, in Déols, it was a real miracle! The church kept a copy of the primitive statue, and several paintings about the story.

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