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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Angelus Church Bells Provence
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Angelus the Church Bells of Angels in Provence

Ginger and Nutmeg live near 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 hour, day and night. Angelus …

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Église Saint-Jean-de-Malte #AixenProvence
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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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