Last Sunday in August

Notre Dame de Boulogne, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Pas-de-Calais, France

The story goes that in 633 (or thereabouts) a mysterious unmanned boat drifted into the port of Boulogne on the English Channel, bearing a radiant statue of a crowned Mother and Child. This became the nucleus of a pilgrimage site on the hill above. In 1060, Ida of Lorraine began building a great Romanesque church there, remodeled in the Gothic style two hundred years later. The statue survived being kidnapped by troops of Henry VIII of England and thrown on a dungheap by Huguenots, but was destroyed during the French Revolution, except for two fingers of the Virgin's right hand, now kept in a gold heart-shaped reliquary. The cathedral was also destroyed. A new one, modeled after St. Peter's in Rome and St. Paul's in London, was consecrated in 1866. A replica (right) of the old statue, completed in 1875, was crowned in 1885. Also on view in the cathedral, designated a papal Basilica in 1879, is an earlier replica of the Virgin and Child standing in a boat, carved in 1803, and a more recent image in unpainted marble, showing them seated in the boat. A similar, polychrome statue processes through the streets of the city on the last Sunday in August.

Sources include:

bullet"Notre-Dame de Boulogne," Eglise Saint-Louis, www.saintlouisboulogne.com
Picture from old postcard.
bullet"Basilique Notre-Dame-de-l'Immaculée-Conception de Boulogne-sur-Mer," Wikipédia, fr.wikipedia.org

Also commemorated this date:

bulletNotre-Dame de Rome, Châtelet, Hainaut, Wallonia, Belgium
bulletNotre-Dame-de-Penmern, Baden, Morbihan, Brittany, France
bulletNotre-Dame de Lourdes, Chavagnes-en-Paillers, Vendée, Pays de la Loire, France
bulletNotre-Dame du Morvan, Mhère, Nièvre, Burgundy, France. Chapelle du Banquet.
bulletNotre Dame d'Auteyrac, Vissac-Auteyrac, Haute-Loire, Auvergne, France
bulletMadonna del Pero, Quarna Sopra, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Piedmont, Italy (Madonna of the Pear Tree)
bulletMadonna della Rocca, Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
bulletMadonna della Consolazione, Nomi, Trento, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
bulletMadonna di Brasa, Castel d'Aiano, Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Italy
bulletMadonna di Serra, Borgo a Mozzano, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy
bulletMadonna del Buon Gesù, Carassai, Ascoli Piceno, Marche, Italy
bulletMadonna della Quercia, Petrella Salto, Rieti, Latium, Italy
bulletMadonna di Mentorella, Capranica Prenestina, Roma, Latium, Italy
bulletMadonna del Divino Amore, Sora, Frosinone, Latium, Italy
bulletMadonna del Piano, Castro dei Volsci, Frosinone, Latium, Italy
bulletMadonna del Carmine, Orune, Nuria, Sardinia, Italy 
bulletMaria Santissima Assunta, Messina, Messina, Italy
bulletMadonna del Buon Viaggio, Messina, Sicily, Italy, Ringo district
bulletMadonna di Valverde, Valverde, Catania, Sicily, Italy
bulletSanta Maria delle Grazie, Mirabella Imbaccari, Catania, Sicily, Italy 
bulletMaria Santissima delle Grazie, Bompietro, Palermo, Sicily, Italy 
bulletMadonna del Bosco, Buscemi, Siracusa, Sicily, Italy
bulletMadonna del Carmine, Bagaladi, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy
bulletMadonna Annunziata, Brancaleone, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy
bulletMadonna della Montagna, Canolo, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy
bulletMadonna della Lettera, Palmi, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy
bulletMadonna della Salute, Delianuova, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy 
bulletMaria Santissima della Sanità, Badolato, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy
bulletMadonna della Luce, Palermiti, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy
bulletMadonna del Pozzo, Capurso, Bari, Puglia, Italy
bulletMadonna della Palma, Palmariggi, Lecce, Apulia, Italy
bulletMarija Reġina, Marsa, Malta
bulletMatka Boża Pocieszenia, Szamotuły, Szamotuły, Greater Poland, Poland (Consoling Mother of God) 
bulletNossa Senhora do Loreto, Idanha-a-Nova, Castelo Branco, Centro, Portugal, Alcafozes district
bulletNossa Senhora da Atalaia, Montijo, Alcochete, Lisbon, Portugal
bulletSenhora de Orada, Sousel, Portalegre, Alentejo, Portugal
bulletNossa Senhora do Amparo, Ponta do Pargo, Calheta, Madeira, Algarve, Portugal
bulletNossa Senhora da Piedade, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
bulletVirgen de la Cuesta, Gallinero de Cameros, La Rioja, Spain
bulletVirxe do Camiño, Muros, A Coruña, Galicia, Spain. Romería.
bulletNosa Señora da Lanzada, Sanxenxo, Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain
bulletNuestra Señora de La Ríegala, Cadavedo, Asturias, Spain
bulletVirgen del Salido, Carrizosa, Ciudad Real, Castile-La Mancha, Spain
bulletVirgen de los Alvares, Nuévalos, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain
bulletSanta María de la Nava, Montemolín, Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain. Fiesta.
bulletNuestra Señora del Amparo, Burguillos del Cerro, Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain (Our Lady of Protection). Fiesta.
bulletVirgen de Castro, Peñalba de Castro, Huerta del Rey, Burgos, Castilla y León, Spain
bulletNuestra Señora del Rosario, Cuéllar, Segovia, Castile and Léon, Spain. Fiesta with running of bulls.
bulletVirgen de los Remedios, Colmenar Viejo, Madrid, Spain
bulletVirgen de la Aurora, Carcabuey, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain
bulletVirgen de los Remedios, Villafranca de Córdoba, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain
bulletVirgen de Gracia, Patrona de Gelves, Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain
bulletVirgen del Rosario, Guillena, Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain
bulletVirgen de los Remedios, Cárcheles, Jaén, Andalucia, Spain
bulletVirgen de Flores, Álora, Málaga, Andalucia, Spain
bulletNuestra Señora de la Salceda, Torres de Cotillas, Murcia, Spain (Our Lady of the Willow Grove)
bulletVirgen de los Dolores, Lodero, Villa de Mazo, La Palma, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain (Virgin of Sorrows)
bulletOur Lady of Grace, Columbia, New Hampshire, USA
 

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly