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Chapel of the Black Penitents - Menton

Historic site and monument, Religious heritage, Religious site, Baroque in Menton

  • Chapel of Mercy was originally a convent of Capuchins. The severity and sobriety of its facade meet the requirements of St Francis of Assisi who does not allow wealth even in the churches of the order. Its steeple rises to 35 meters.

  • It was Prince Honoré II, at the beginning of the 17th century who came to settle in Menton who decided its construction. In the sanctuary, the Altar is a work of ingenious marquetry, worthy of interest. The artist, a religious, had the patience to make a mosaic of walnut and orange inlays of various tones. The doors of the Tabernacle are made of Thuya, the frames of ivory, the pillars of rosewood, the statuettes in jujubier and the other parts of ebony. Dominating the Altar, and the...
    It was Prince Honoré II, at the beginning of the 17th century who came to settle in Menton who decided its construction. In the sanctuary, the Altar is a work of ingenious marquetry, worthy of interest. The artist, a religious, had the patience to make a mosaic of walnut and orange inlays of various tones. The doors of the Tabernacle are made of Thuya, the frames of ivory, the pillars of rosewood, the statuettes in jujubier and the other parts of ebony. Dominating the Altar, and the Sanctuary, a beautiful white marble statue, life-size, of Our Lady of Mercy, with her hands bent towards her children, as if to call them to Her. It rests on a twisted column, half-fluted in grey marble. This chapel was granted to the Confederacy of Black Penitents, which existed at Menton, long before the foundation of the chapel, by an imperial decree on January 22, 1808, but it did not occupy it until 1818 when its chapel and hospice on the old Place du Cap, at the port, were razed to the ground.
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    • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
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    4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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