The Esplanade, Banneux.
This statue of a blessing Mary, Virgin of the Poor, welcomes visiting pilgrims to the esplanade, an open air church; on the sanctuary of Banneux..Between January 15th and March 2nd in 1933, Mary appeared eight times to the 11 years old Mariette Beco, who was born and living in the small Belgian village of Banneux. Mary introduced Herself as the Virgin of the Poor and dedicated a spring to bring relief to the poor, the sick, and the suffering. She also asked Mariette to have a small chapel build. The Chapel was first used on August 15th 1933. Although the appearances only got recognized as such by the Vatican on August 22nd 1949, the area around the chapel and the spring soon started growing to the now world renowned sanctuary in honor or Mary, the Virgin of the Poor. .Banneux, Liege, Belgium, 20080122.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox