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pictogram of the site

Chapel Saint-Erige

Situated at an altitude of 1600 metres, Auron is a village 7 km away from Saint-Etienne-de-Tinée, which it depends on.

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exterior view of the edifice

In the medieval times, Auron's pasture lands and wheat soil were known for their quality.
The village was only occupied during the good season by shepherds and their families. They minded the flocks and cared for the haymaking and the harvests.

This geographic isolation was only apparent. A mule track, joining the coast of Nice and Barcelonnette, crossed the site, so that travellers were very numerous there. That is what can largely explain the fame of the chapel Saint-Erige in such a remote place.

map of the edifice

This chapel, also called chapel of Ariez, became a place of prayer visited both by pilgrims and by travellers or inhabitants of the surrounding territory.
The faithful came to implore Saint Erige's protection and healing.

Bibliography Chapel Saint-Erige, Auron