Our Lady Of France
Country : France
Year : 1860
In LePuy, France, there is a massive rock, probably of volcanic origin, called Rocher Corneille (Cornelius Rock). It towers almost 2500 feet above sea level.
On the very top of this huge pedestal, there is an enormous metal statue of the Blessed Virgin and Child, erected in 1860.
The figure of the virgin, approximately fifty-five feet high, stands upon a globe; above her head is a starry crown, her feet crush a serpent. The Infant sits on her right arm, His right hand raised in blessing of the entire countryside.
The statue was cast from metal obtained by melting down two hundred or more cannons donated by Napoleon III – cannons the French had captured from the Russians at Sebastopol during the Crimean War.
Here atop the majestic rock, the Blessed Virgin is honored under the title, “Our Lady of France.”