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MERIAN, C. - Le Mont Valerien. Autrement dit-Le Calvaire. 2 lieus de Paris.

MERIAN, C. -  Le Mont Valerien. Autrement dit-Le Calvaire. 2 lieus de Paris.
Le Mont Valerien. Autrement dit-Le Calvaire. 2 lieus de Paris. - MERIAN, C.
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Title : Le Mont Valerien. Autrement dit-Le Calvaire. 2 lieus de Paris..
Map maker : MERIAN, C..
Date : Frankfurt, 1655.
Size : 8.9 x 10.2 inches. / 22.5 x 26.0 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.

Description :A view of the Mount Valerien in the Paris vicinities. Very well engraved with excellent detail.
Plan for the Mont Valérien Calvary near Paris. As early as the 15th century, lay people seeking solitary lives of prayer and meditation came to Mont Valérien.
In 1554, Guillemette Faussart became the first woman to choose a reclusive life on the hill's summit. Three large crosses, in reference to Golgotha, were erected near her oratory. This is how the hill came to be referred to as "Calvaire Mont Valérien" for more than two centuries. A community of hermits was established on the hill in the late 16th century.
These were lay people who took temporary vows, living by their own labour and taking in guests for short retreats. The first Mont Valérien pilgrimage took place in 1634, on the initiative of Hubert Charpentier, a professor of theology and a famous preacher of the time. A monumental stairway took pilgrims along a Way of the Cross consisting of chapels built with funding from prominent members of the court.
The chapels featured life sized paintings of scenes of Christ's Passion. People came here to do penance for their sins.
From Merian's Topographia Galliae. . . .

Condition : Paper slightly age-toned. In very good condition.

ID: 27254

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