To return to the sources of the history of Our-Dame
of Délivrande, it is necessary to draw from the traditions and legends
related to the ancestral dates of the history of Christianisme in
France. That showed again at the time Gallo-Roman as serious indices
discovered during the construction of the basilica prove it, close to
the old vault.
Succeeding the pagan worship, the pilgrimage of Délivrande was as
famous at the Means-age as that of Mont St Michel and Louis XI came
there as a pilgrim in 1470
A first vault was destroyed by the Vikings into 830. Vault built about 1150 on the spot of discovered
black statue of Vierge by Beaudouin de Reviers, Viscount of Dover and
owner of Baronnie, it remains only
Romanesque arches in semicircular arch decorated with zigzags and
crenelated hoops. These vestiges were one moment preserved in the wood
of the house of missionnaires then replaced in the enclosing walls about 1960 (visible with tricolour fires).
Built since 1853,
the current basilica was devoted on August 22, 1895.
The stained glasses posed into
were destroyed at the time of the unloading and were replaced gradually.
The high altar, out of polychrome marble and bronzes gilded, obtained
the gold medal to the World Fair of
1878. It is into
that are posed the stalls out of wooden of oak carved as well as the
paving of the white marble sanctuary of Maubeuge with incrustations of
colors. The large organ was inaugurated in
The hundreds of ex-votos which paper the walls, the crutches left by
cured disabled person, the model of boat brought at one time by sinners
of Port in Bessin, the chains preserved in an ECRIN hung in the northern
transept, the statuettes of the niche sheltering the statue of Our-Dame,
all evokes the memory of graces obtained since from the centuries in
this place. The statue itself goes back to
and replaces that destroyed during the war of religion. It is called the
black virgin can be because of the smoke of the candles which would have
blackened it little by little. This polychrome stone statue is equipped
with dresses finely worked, offered by pilgrims. The basilica is a high
place of prayers to the virgin.
Families, pilgrims isolated or in group daily come to collect,
request, offer a candle. Each year, Thursday which follows on August 15, the procession of Fête of
Couronnement brings together many pilgrims.
Our-Dame of Délivrande is also present in Guinea, in Senegal, in
Zaire, at Esquimaux of Grand Nord Canadian, in Japan, in Centre,
Vietnam, in Mauritius, in the Touamotou islands, in Martinique, in