The Chapel of Notre-Dame de Liesse (Our Lady of Jubilation)

The Chapel of Notre-Dame de Liesse (Our Lady of Jubilation)

The Chapel of Notre-Dame de Liesse (Our Lady of Jubilation) is built on the edge of the current road leading to the hamlet of Bellegarde d'Estoublon. This situation no longer corresponds to that which prevailed at the time of its construction in the 16th century, the road being the main route to Estoublon and Bras-d'Asse until the construction of the bridge over the Asse river in 1657.

The name Notre-Dame de Liesse (Our Lady of Jubilation) appears for the first time in the Land Register of 1666. The less common name of Notre-Dame d'Allégresse (Our Lady of Joy) is also recorded.

The building has an irregular rectangular plan and measures 5.20m x 6.30m at its largest. Inside, the sanctuary, which is closed by a straight chevet, is practically square. It is preceded by a short bay which corresponds to an old open porch, the arch of which is visible on the present facade; the door may have been moved forward.

Until 1978, the interest of the monument lay in the presence of a 17th century glazed ceramic pavement in the quire, which was then stolen.

The devotional aspect of the chapel was not established at the time of its origin, but it became so in the 19th century with the rescue of a person swept away by the floods of the Asse river. Thanks and praise for this rescue was given to the Virgin Mary through the creation of an alterpiece which is the oldest representation of the village of Mézel.



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