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St. Joan of Arc Chapel, Milwaukee

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St. Joan of Arc Chapel is a Roman Catholic chapel today located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, on the campus of Marquette University, in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. It was dedicated to Joan of Arc on May 26, 1966, after it had been moved from its previous location on Long Island, New York. It was originally built in the Rhône River Valley in France.HistoryIn FranceOriginally named Chapelle de St. Martin de Sayssuel, the chapel was built over several generations in the French village Chasse-sur-Rhône, south of Lyon. Estimates are that it was built around the 15th century. The building was abandoned after the French Revolution and fell into ruin. After World War I, the young architect Jacques Couëlle rediscovered the chapel and negotiated a transfer to the Brookville, New York home of Gertrude Hill Gavin, the daughter of James J. Hill, best known as the founder of the Great Northern Railway. Couëlle went so far as to refer to the chapel as "ce monument absolument unique en son genre" (the most absolutely unique monument of its kind).
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  • Very interesting to see and it's free. A historical building from the 15th century. Simple but solid.  more »
  • PROS: free short tour; great pieces inside- there is the stone of St Joan; there is even a tomb top on the floor of a French knight! CONS: may be difficult to find parking for it.  more »
  • Visited this site during Doors Open Milwaukee. Had never heard of it before. Very interesting story surrounding the move from Europe and background of the tiny, centuries-old chapel. Even non-religiou...  more »
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  • Capel of Joan of Arc Located on the Marquette University campus, The 500+ year old chapel is surrounded by gardens. It is best to visit during the summer as the gardens are in bloom and there is significantly less student traffic. Parking can be a problem as Marquette is an urban university located in downtown Milwaukee. During the Hundred Years War there was a period when France suffered significant and repeated losses. It was during this period when a young woman, Joan, received several visions instructing her to lead an army to protect and recover France. King Charles VII appointed Joan head of his armies. (The situation must have been dire as Joan was very young.) After many successful battles, Joan was captured by the British and burned at the stake. She was only 19 years old. It is believed that this is the chapel where Joan of Arc had her vision. The actual name of the chapel is Chapelle de St. Martin de Seyssuel. Most of the chapel was built in the 15th century though there are sections that appear to be much older dating back to the 12th century. Originally located in Chasse France, it was moved to storage on Long Island in 1927. In 1965/1966 it was reconstructed and relocated to the Marquette campus. In addition to the building there are altar cloths and other old relics inside the chapel.
  • An absolutely gorgeous place to pray, seeped in history and Jesuit tradition. Tuesday Night Mass is a must for any of the faithful, both at Marquette and beyond!
  • Western Civ forced me to do this
  • Awesome Jewel at Marquette University.
  • Pretty and historic!!!