The cemetery of Pau, which is worth a visit in itself, shelters, in the English square, an astonishing and unusual burial. Unusual if one takes into account the person it houses and his work.
It is the Abbé Bruchou.
A little history...
Abbé Bruchou, born in the Aspe valley, was parish priest in Saint-Jacques at the end of the 19th century, ordained in 1840 and died in 1887.
He was very close to his parishioners, and the story goes that one day a woman came to him at the dawn of the 1870 war.
She asked him to make sure that her husband came back from the war... But she did not stop there and asked the same thing for her lover.
But she didn't stop there and asked the same thing for her lover, and both men came back alive and unharmed from the front.
The legend of the miracles of Abbé Bruchou was born... he was considered to be the priest of the ladies of little virtue... It is true that he was very involved with prostitutes in Pau in the 1800's. He welcomed them into his home. When he died, one of them came to ask him for a miracle, to cure her of a disease. With success...
Since then, the people of Palois have come to make wishes in front of his tomb.
A mini chapel symbol of a real cult...
The tomb of Abbé Bruchou is a mini chapel that the people of Palaiseau visit, in great numbers, and very regularly. It is constantly flowered, certainly the most flowered of the cemetery, decorated with permanently lit candles and covered with plaques on which one can read "Thank you".
On this grave, it is written "Recollect yourself and pray and when you come back here, it will be to say thank you.
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