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ERMITAGE SAINT PRIVAT

Religious building in Mende
  • According to Grégoire de Tours, in the 3rd century, the Gabales were invaded by the Alamanni. Chrocus, their leader, asks Privat to deliver his people to him. He refuses and is martyred near the caves of the hermitage. Popular legend has it that he was locked in a barrel bristling with nails pointed inwards and thrown from the top of Mont Mimat. At the beginning of the Middle Ages, the caves of his martyrdom became an important place of pilgrimage. Hermits or colleges of priests will be...
    According to Grégoire de Tours, in the 3rd century, the Gabales were invaded by the Alamanni. Chrocus, their leader, asks Privat to deliver his people to him. He refuses and is martyred near the caves of the hermitage. Popular legend has it that he was locked in a barrel bristling with nails pointed inwards and thrown from the top of Mont Mimat. At the beginning of the Middle Ages, the caves of his martyrdom became an important place of pilgrimage. Hermits or colleges of priests will be installed in these places. But the place is often ransacked and abandoned, especially during the Wars of Religion. In 1850 the still existing chapel was built and then in 1873, the last hermit, Brother Joseph Laget, transformed and fitted out the premises. He built a residence and in 1881 redid the Stations of the Cross. In 1960, Father Durand opened a reception center after having built a 50-room residence. The site is permanently accessible, the chapel occasionally.
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