Penitents Chapels Nice Saint Sepulcre
Chiara OrlandiExplore: Travel in ProvenceProvencal History & Traditions

Exploring the Four Chapels of the Penitents in Nice

The Penitents refers to a Christian movement dating back to the 4th century. During this time, those who confessed a grave sin were assigned a penance, a means by which your sin could be forgiven. This penance, assigned by a Bishop, could assume the form of repairing a church, helping the poor …

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Bells of Provence @PerfProvence
Ginger and NutmegLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

Angelus the Bells of Angels in Provence

Contributor blog post by Nutmeg: Ginger and Nutmeg live close to the village church. When they first return to France it takes several days to get adjusted. Between the 8-hour time change and the village bells, there is no need to wear a watch. The clock tower bells chime every …

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Église Saint-Jean-de-Malte #AixenProvence
Explore: Travel in ProvenceProvencal History & TraditionsThe Unexplorer

Église Saint-Jean-de-Malte: A Church of Firsts

It’s a pretty big honor to be the first Roman Catholic church in a region where around half of the population is Catholic. Back in the 12th century, Église Saint-Jean-de-Malte served as a hospice and chapel for the Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem of the Order of Malta.  This group was formed …

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