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Chapelle de Bonne-Nouvelle

The chapel of Bonne-Nouvelle - we can also say "the Hermitage of Bonne-Nouvelle" - where each year a pilgrimage is held in September. The origin of this pilgrimage is very old - there was celebrating the Annunciation on March 25 - and still takes place every year on September 8 for the Nativity of the Virgin.

The chapel overlooks the valley of the Indre and the view stretches far away.

Oriented east to west, like roman sanctuaries, the original chapel dates from the eleventh century, rebuilt in the fifteenth century after being destroyed by the British and finally restored in 1882 by Charles de Wissel.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The chapel belonged to the Lords of PARAY who, as founding patrons, choosed the priest, then approved by the Archbishop of Bourges. Hermits of the obedience of Saint François will serve the chapel and were buried in.

Installed on a window in the chapel and a painting of Lefort dated 1765, legend has it that Marie de la Chatre, who had inherited PARAY (on which the chapel depends) in the XVth century, invoked Notre Dame de Bonne-Nouvelle to bringher her brother, Knight of Malta.

Lords of PARAY had a right to burial in the nearby church of Villebernin destroyed in the revolution and since then their descendants were buried in the Chapel of Bonne-Nouvelle.

In the chapel, we notice many votive offerings attesting to the importance of the pilgrimage and the arms of the families Châtre and Wissel.