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The Rhone through Provence


overcast 66 °F

After a leisurely cruise during the afternoon and evening, we arrived at Vienne.

Occupying a privileged place at the crossroads of several roads (the Rhone Valley , the Alps and the Massif Central), the site of Vienne was very early inhabited by the Gallic people of the Allobroges , no doubt for the certain defensive interest that it offered. The site, watered by the Rhône, is also surrounded by five hills, making it the ideal location for a fortified city, although the irregular course of the Rhône created terraces liable to flooding there until the end of the 2nd century BC. The origins of the Roman colony of Vienna are fragmentarily known and have been the subject of various hypotheses.


In addition to the many wonderful Roman ruins, is the St. Maurice's Cathedral where the Council of Vienne was held.

The Council of Vienne was the fifteenth ecumenical council of the Catholic Church and met between 1311 and 1312 in Vienne, France. One of its principal acts was to withdraw papal support for the Knights Templar at the instigation of Philip IV of France. The Council, unable to decide on a course of action, tabled the discussion. In March 1312 Philip arrived and pressured the Council and Clement to act. Clement passed papal bulls dissolving the Templar Order, confiscating their lands, and labeling them heretics.


In addition the Priests of the Church of Notre Dame de Pipet are devoted to the apparition of Our Lady of La Sallete. Our Lady of La Salette is a Marian apparition reported by two French children, Maximin Giraud and Mélanie Calvat, to have occurred at La Salette-Fallavaux, France, in 1846.
On 19 September 1851, the local bishop formally approved the public devotion and prayers to Our Lady of La Salette. On 21 August 1879, Pope Leo XIII granted a canonical coronation to the image now located within the Basilica of Our Lady of La Salette.


After lunch we set sail on a rainy afternoon for the short trip to Lyon, our final stop.


Posted by rpickett 15:35 Archived in France Tagged vienne

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