The Jardin des Roses

Sittard is a city of gardens – public, private and secret. One of my favourites is a walled rose garden close to the historic square called The Jardin des Roses. It contains a variety of roses that bloom around a statue of St. Rosa van Lima, the patron saint of Sittard.

St. Rosa van Lima was born Isabella de Floresy y Olivia on April 20, 1586 in Lima Peru. In 1606 she entered the Third Order of Saint Dominic and was the first person to be canonized from the Americas in 1671. Isabella was born into prosperity but devoted herself to a strict religious life. She lived in a hut in her parent’s garden. She become known as a mystic, and also for her knowledge of cultivating flowers and her embroidery.

During the second half of the 17th century, when Sittard was ravaged by an epidemic of dysentery resulting in many deaths, the Dominican father advised the people of Sittard to invoke St.Rosa against the deadly threat of the epidemic.

And this is what they did. In return, they promised that if the epidemic receded, they would build a chapel in her honour and hold a procession every year. They have kept this promise ever since.

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  1. A beautiful post, a feeling of the fading days of summer to it… perhaps because I am flying back to Czechia for work and my summer is ending 🙂 The roses and garden have such a special feel along with my mood ~ your photography of this is wonderful.

    1. Your comment Randall made my day. Thank you. I’ve just visited your blog and read ‘The Stoic Cowboy of Pendelton’ and this particular quote spoke to me – “Well, cowboys focus on things they can control… and don’t waste time on things they can’t. Therefore, they seldom panic. They keep their emotions in check and have confidence in living the best life possible.” Stoicism is something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. Is Czechia home for you? I loved living in Prague. 🙂 By the way, your photographs are stunning.

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