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Saint Anne’s Shrine

Isle La Motte Vermont Attraction

Saint Anne's Shrine, Isle La Motte Vermotn attraction, champlain valley religious monument

92 St Anne’s Road, Isle La Motte, VT 05463 • Ph: 802-928-3362

Imagine driving along with beautiful Lake Champlain on either side as far as the eye can see. This is what awaits you in the islands of Lake Champlain. The drive alone to reach Isle La Motte, among the many other beautiful places on the islands, is worth the trip. What is so special about Isle La Motte specifically, is that this small town is the location of St. Anne’s Shrine. This Catholic shrine is an outdoor church where attendees can enjoy the beauty of Vermont. This is also the site of the French Fort St. Anne, Vermont’s oldest settlement. There is a charming memorial that visitors can walk through and learn about local history as well as a statue to Samuel De Champlain.

Category: Shrine, Religious Attraction, Churches
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Review"An interesting combination of history and currently active religious site. The area marks the oldest “European” settlement in Vermont. It’s also a shrine set up for weekly services. There is an altar, outdoor seating, and parking for the services. Those coming just to appreciate the historic settlement will find a statue and some picnic table." – Yelp Review

Review"A friend (who’s a local Vermont resident) insisted on bringing us to this shrine. Thought a ‘shrine’ meant big, glitzy and touristy. Well, there were certainly visitors from out of town when we were there (it was the Canada Day long weekend so lots of cross-border Quebecers in town), but big and glitzy it wasn’t. The main shrine (housing the altar with the tabernacle) is housed in a wooden chapel which opens up to an open air hall of sorts (no walls but had a roof) where the congregation sits for mass. It was wonderful to see multi-generational island residents gathering for the celebration of the Eucharist (btw, the homily by the parish priest – a high-priced Manhattan accountant with a late vocation — was also profound in its simplicity.) Across a narrow road from the shrine, sparkling Lake Champlain beckons. There are well-kept grounds where stations of the cross are set up with simple crosses anchored by rough hewn stones/boulders from the lake. A wonderful spot for quiet reflection …. and thanksgiving to the Creator who gives us such beauty in nature . This is what a shrine should be!" – Trip Advisor Review

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