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BLESSING AND OPENING OF JARDIN JEANNE D'ARC
SATURDAY 8th FEBRUARY 2020
Good evening and welcome in the Garden Jeanne d’Arc ! And a special thanks to Madame la Consule générale of France in Pondicherry for being present.
I would first like to thank the Archbishop of Pondicherry and Father Cyril Sandou for the constant trust they have shown, to allow us to achieve this garden project. And I point out here that, by a very unplanned manner, his blessing today happens exactly 100 years after the blessing his predecessor gave to the first Garden Jeanne d’Arc, in February 1920 !
Pondicherry, a city with a character of its own
Pondicherry, tinted of gold and mauve by the raising sun, which leaves on the sea a long luminous trail… The Indian believe she is French and the French Indian: she is only herself, haven of peace, where races and religions are side by side without quarreling, where the chimes of the cathedral bells blend harmoniously with the muezzin’s call and the deep vibration of temple gongs.
If we are careful, the present need not destroy the past. It is a magic place to understand, dream and remember.
Cours Chabrol, view from the see, Pondichérry,1930
Protect, restore, support, bring together
To save the unique heritage of Pondicherry, shared by France and India, it is necessary to mobilise every contribution and to act fast.
Founded in 1995, Friends of Pondicherry Heritage’s goals are:
- To protect and restore the ancient houses in Pondicherry’s historical center,
- To support every public or private initiative that respects this background
- To bring all those who care for the safeguard and influence of the French legacy in India together
Pondicherry in 1930, with Our-Lady-of-Angels in the back