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Monday, July 05, 2010

Fourth Centenary of the Order of the Visitation

The Monastery of Sainte-Marie d’en-Haut, near Grenoble, France

The chapel of the Monastère de Sainte-Marie d’en Haut

Detail of the decoration of the chapel of Monastère de Sainte-Marie d’en-Haut showing the founders, Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622) and Jeanne de Chantal (1572-1641)


This year is the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Order of the Visitation founded by Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622) and Jeanne de Chantal (1572-1641)

The fourth foundation of the Order was the Convent of Sainte-Marie d’en-Haut near Grenoble

The chapel was conceived in 1666 by the Jesuit Claude-François Ménestrier to celebrate the canonisation of St Francis de Sales. It is a beautiful but rare example of original Baroque.

In the following video links (in French) there are good pictures of the Convent, the chapel and its treasures







To see more please follow the following link for the exhiibition by the Musée duaphinois in Grenoble entitled « Il y a quatre siècles, Sainte-Marie d'en-Haut »