Notre-Dame des Laves, Sainte-Rose

Church · Tourist Spot
Notre-Dame des Laves draws visitors with one extraordinary feature of its interior: a solidified lava flow. This small Catholic church survived the 1977 volcanic eruption unscathed, but for a narrow stream of lava that penetrated 3 m (10 ft) deep into the nave's interior. The large front stained glass windows depict the eruption, created by Madagascar-born artist Guy Lefevre. Since 2000, the church's courtyard is home to a statue of the "lady with a parasol," ascribed miraculous powers to protect the island from volcanic eruptions. Plan to see Notre-Dame des Laves and other attractions that appeal to you using our Sainte-Rose trip planner.
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  • This church is a must see. The miracle is that when the volcano erupted and everything around it was wiped out this church was spared and stayed as it was. You can see the lava stone all around it.....  more »
  • Interesting church purely because it "miraculously" survived a lava flow in April 1977 which originated from the active volcano Piton de la Fournaise. The flow surrounded the church and can still be.....  more »

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