The altar and the statue
OF OUR LADY OF VICTORIES
The statue of Our Lady of Victories is made of hardened plaster, believed to be the work of an Italian sculptor. It replaces the statue of Our Lady of Savona, which disappeared during the Revolution.
It was placed in 1809 and crowned, at the request of Pope Pius IX on July 9, 1853, in thanksgiving for the deliverance of Rome by French soldiers in 1849. It was the first Virgin crowned in France by a Pope.
An ex-voto was revived in 2021, on the 150th anniversary of the rescue of the Our Lady of Victories statue.
« Grateful to Mary who allowed me to save her venerated statue at Our Lady of Victories on May the 17th, 1871.
J. LIBMAN »
This ex-voto was requested by James Libman and placed well after the tragic events to which it refers, in 1903.
It was originally located in the present chapel of the holy couple Louis and Zélie Martin and was installed at the feet of the statue saved in May 2021.