One of the oldest shrines in the world dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary is found here in Le Puy in central France. The exact dates are unknown, but somewhere between the 3rd and 4th centuries a local woman with an incurable disease had an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She was told to climb Mt. Corneille, which formerly been a place of pagan worship, where she would be cured by the simple act of sitting on the great stone. Following this advice, the woman was miraculously cured of her ailment.
The town was famous for being one of the main starting points on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.