Ten Days at Monte Carlo at the Bank's Expense; Containing Hints to Visitors and a General Guide to the Neighbourhood

Ten Days at Monte Carlo at the Bank's Expense; Containing Hints to Visitors and a General Guide to the Neighbourhood

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...and entirely sheltered by mountains to the north and east, this fine building looks more like an old chateau than a monastery. Its history is as follows: the votary chapel and convent were built by the Carmelites in the seventeenth century. In I7o4 it was deprived of its wealth--accumu1ated during sixty years--by the Princes of Savoy, who, being in financial straits, owing to war, were compelled to raise funds from the offerings brought by the faithful. In Monastery of Laghet 1792, the French converted the convent into a hospital; but in 1815, when Piedmont resumed possession of its ancient territory, the Carmelites were re-installed at Laghet. Finally, in 1864, they bought the freehold from the French Government, as it had then become part of the new French Department of the Alpes-Maritimes. On Palm Sunday, Trinity Sunday, or Whit Sunday, crowds of devotees, and pilgrims from all parts of the country, flock to the place, and the little courtyard of the monastery presents a most animated scene. Booths and stalls are erected for the sale of sweets, toys, relics, etc., and a lively trade is carried on. In the interior of the building they have a most remarkable collection of votive ofierings, or ex wtos as they are called, principally consisting of pictures. These depict the most miraculous escapes from accidents, disasters, and afflictions of every kind. We see men falling off scalfoldings, children being run over, shipwrecks, surgical operations, and such like, all the victims being presumably either saved, or relieved, by the miraculous intervention of the patron saint. As the people in these illustrations, and more especially the animals, all bear a strong family likeness to one another, I presume they keep an artist on the...
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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236980964
  • 9781236980960