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France
Saxon-Sion
Meurthe-et-Moselle

Lorraine

Sion

Le Grand Calvaire avec Pieta

The Large Calvary with Pieta


Union artistique de Vaucouleurs
1892

Saxon-Sion /  Le Grand Calvaire avec Pieta   Saxon-Sion /  Le Grand Calvaire avec Pieta

Description

Calvary with a Crucifix, St. Mary and St. John the Baptist on an artificial hill, with a cave in which a pieta is placed.

Calvary (calvaire)

Calvary or Golgotha was the site, outside of ancient Jerusalem's early first century walls, at which the crucifixion of Jesus occurred. In religius sculpture, a calvary is a type of monumental public crucifix with two or more adjoining statues.
In northern France, Belgium, and southern Netherlands calvaries were erected at the junction of routes and tracks or on cemeteries, usually showing the crucifix with statues of Saint John the Apostle and Saint Mary Magdalena.
The calvaire in Bretagne is distinguished from a simple crucifix cross by the inclusion of three-dimensional figures surrounding the Crucifixion itself, typically representing Mary and the apostles of Jesus, though later saints and symbolic figures may also be depicted.
In Central Europe, a calvary is a complex of shrines or chapels containing not only the sculpture or painting of Crucifixion of Jesus, but all the Stations of the Cross. (Wikipedia).

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Location (N 48°25'54" - E 6°5'9")

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