Miracle Rooom

Image of the Day – Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Miracle Room in Camp Santo in New Orleans

The Miracle Room in Camp Santo in New Orleans

I belong to a camera club and through it met a fellow photographer from Stockholm, Sweden who was visiting New Orleans through the camera club. She wanted to visit the St Roch Cemetery’s Campo Santo. Frankly I’d never heard of the place so I was eager to explore the possibilities. I certainly wasn’t disappointed when we came across this miracle room in the chapel in the cemetery.

St. Roch is the patron saint of plague victims; a local priest prayed to him to keep his flock safe during an epidemic in 1867. When everyone came through all right, the priest made good on his promise to build St. Roch a chapel. The Gothic result is fine enough, but what is best is the small room just off the altar, where successful supplicants to St. Roch leave gifts, usually in the form of plaster anatomical parts or medical supplies, to represent what the saint healed for them. The resulting collection of bizarre artifacts – everything from eyeballs and crutches to organs and false limbs – is either deeply moving or the greatest creepy spontaneous folk-art installation you’ve ever seen. It had some flood damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina but the patrons are back and as weird as ever.

Today’s image is from the miracle room – a hot, steamy, tiny room not much larger than a walk-in closet devoid of ventilation. The place is a lot of macabre in a very small area. If you enjoy the strange and weird and find yourself in New Orleans by all means pass by for a visit. It’s only minutes from the French Quarter.

~ by rfoxx on August 19, 2009.

One Response to “Miracle Rooom”

  1. A most interesting photograph. Thanks for sharing this.

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