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Notre-Dame de Grâces
(Cotignac, France)

Cotignac is a unique place in the world because the Church recognizes that there have been two apparitions of the Virgin Mary and an apparition of St. Joseph . The story of the apparition of St. Joseph is located on the page Bessillon St. Joseph Monastery . Thus venerated in Cotignac the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph , and by extension the entire Holy Family .


First Apparitions
On 10 and 11 August 1519 , Jean de La Baume had two apparitions of the Virgin Mary who asked him to build a church in Cotignac . Work on the construction of the church began on September 14 1519 . On 17 March 1521 , the Pope Leo X granted a series of privileges sanctuary Provence.
Birth of Louis XIV (second apparition)
After 20 years of marriage, Louis XIII and Anne of Austria had still not children and the throne of France had no heir. October 27, 1637 , a monk, Brother Fiacre , while he prays, receives an inner revelation: Queen Anne of Austria had to publicly ask three novenas of prayers to the Virgin Mary , while a son is given. Once informed the Queen believes and continues the novenas already begun by Brother Fiacre 8 November 1637 . Novenas ending on 5 December. Nine months later, on 5 September 1638 , Louis XIV was born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye .
Following this, 10 February 1638 , Louis XIII decided to devote the entire country to Notre Dame . This is the famous " vow of Louis XIII."
The reconnaissance visit of Louis XIV and Anne of Austria
The Regent Anne of Austria and King Louis XIV at the beginning of his reign will have the opportunity to come to Cotignac. This opportunity was provided by their signing the Treaty of the Pyrenees , reconciling in 1659 France and Spain. Was scheduled a meeting of the two Kings on the common border. It will be Saturday, February 21 as the royal procession arrives in Cotignac.
One carriage road then reaching the Sanctuary, since the road to Montfort. Even had it expand. This path of Louis XIV - and he was baptized Louis, the Queen and the whole procession followed him up the stairs which received the same name. The young King, who was 21 years, donated his gold ring and a blue ribbon: it is a long string of heavenly blue moire worn by members of the Order of the Holy Spirit . Louis XIV was, like all members of the Royal Family. This is the month of June following the second place had great supernatural event Cotignac: the appearance of Saint Joseph .
Back in Paris, Louis XIV summoned soon Brother Fiacre offer to go on his behalf to Our Lady of Graces, several copies of the said Treaty of the Pyrenees, what Brother Fiacre acquitted in March 1661, before continuing his pilgrimage to Rome , this time commissioned by Queen Anne. The latter died in 1666. A year later, in the sanctuary, Louis XIV was affix a plaque in memory of his mother, recalling that he was given to his people through the vows Anne of Austria has made in this church. It is still there, clearly legible.

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Year consecrated: ---
Ecclesiastical status: Church
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Address: Presbytere Cotignac Var, France
Coordinates: 43.529722, 6.15
Phone: 0494696490
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