Chapelle Saint-Roch à Notre-Dame de Niort

An orphan born in Montpellier in the 13th century, Roch left for Rome as a pilgrim. Sick with the plague, he retreats into a forest where he is fed by a dog who brings him every day a piece of bread stolen from his master's table. Intrigued, the latter follows him and discovers the injured saint. Back in his homeland, he is disfigured by the mortifications suffered. Arrested, he refuses to say his name. Mistaken for a spy in a city in the midst of civil war, he is thrown into prison where he dies after five years. The day before his death, he revealed to a priest his identity and his relationship with the lord of the castle where he was imprisoned.

The 19th century plaster statue. depicts him showing the stigmata of the plague on his leg and a dog holding a loaf of bread in its mouth. He wears a hat stamped with a shell, a cape (cloak), a staff (staff), a gourd for drinking and a bag for eating.

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Square of Notre-Dame
79000 NIORT
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