Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette Chapel is built on the summit of Mont Saint-Clair on the ruins of the old fort "La Montmorencette", dismantled by King Louis 13th, which the governor of Languedoc had built on the site to watch for invading ships on the Mediterranean.

The location, initially the home of hermits, was dedicated to Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette in 1864. At this time the monthly pilgrimage to the chapel on the 19th of each month was begun.

Today, the chapel is still an important pilgrimage site.

 

Frescos in the chapel of Notre Dame De La Salette, painted in 1952 by Bringuier and renovated between 1987 and  1991

 

 

 

We found this commemorative plaque on the Sete breakwater leading out into the Mediterranean Sea

Exodus 1947 was a ship that carried Jewish emigrants from Sete, France to British Mandatory Palestine, departing on July 11, 1947. Most of the emigrants were Holocaust survivors who had no legal immigration certificates for Palestine.  The British, who were then responsible for administering Palestine, vehemently opposed this kind of large-scale immigration Of displace Jews from Europe.   Following wide media coverage, the British Royal Navy seized the ship and deported all its passengers back to Europe.  Historians say Exodus 1947 helped unify the Jewish community of Palestine and the Holocaust-survivor refugees in Europe as well as significantly deepening international sympathy for the plight of Holocaust survivors and rallying support for the idea of a Jewish state (formally recognised in January 1949).

  • In 1958, the book Exodus by Leon Uris was published. It is based partly on the story of the ship.

  • In 1960, the film Exodus directed by Otto Preminger and starring Paul Newman, based on the above novel, was released.

    Mara couldn't resist paddling in the Mediterranean - at the southern most part of Europe!