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Address: Saint Martinville, LA

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Built by a movie star of herself

Vanessa del Rio portrayed Evangeline in a silent move in 1929. She commissioned this statue of herself in the role which now sits behind the church. Worth finding and seeing.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
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Lafayette, Louisiana
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El Paso, Texas
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82 reviews 82 reviews
26 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The statue of Evangeline is set around the back of the St. Martinville de Tours church. The setting for the statue is quite lovely. We found the area to be very serene and a great place to take pictures. The statue was a gift to the city of St. Martins ills, this is not the tomb of Evangeline.

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Idyllwild, California, United States
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

If you have ever read the poem of "Evangeline" by Longfellow, as I have, you were probably charmed by it, as I was. The faith, courage, and love of this noble Acadian woman is inspiring. When my family and I visited Louisiana to visit a friend, I was unaware of the vast number of others who also adored Evangeline's poem... More 

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Vanessa del Rio portrayed Evangeline in a silent move in 1929. She commissioned this statue of herself in the role which now sits behind the church. Worth finding and seeing.

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Prairie Village, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We love St Martinville. Not only is a historic town, but also very quaint with shops and Evangeline/Acadian sights and stories. The church is beautiful, and highlights our Acadian heritage. The Evangeline Oak and park are so beautiful as well.

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Kilgore, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

All English teachers should visit. Read or quote the poem there to feel historical and enjoy the beautiful walk along the Bayou Teche.

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Bay City, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We drove up and checked out the statue. It is easy to get to. Takes about a minute to pull in and check it out.

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London UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

It's located to the side of the church in a small garden area and it's quite nice to look at but it didn't appeal to me very much. It's well made and if you are interested in the story perhaps you would have a better take on it - it's ok but not that special ..

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shanghai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

We liked this little statue and the grave stone from the girl whose story was the original of the Evangeline poem. As we had watched a very interesting video about 'Arcadia' whilst in Thibodeaux and again in New Iberia we were definitely interested to see this. It certainly doesn't take long and I wouldn't go just for this reason but... More 

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USA
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187 reviews 187 reviews
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

If you're into the Evangeline thing....you need to go to see the statue outside the church. You can drive up and almost park your car right beside it. Simple & quick - more of a 'Roadside America' (app) thing.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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26 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

There is nothing special about the monument. the whole story was made up to begin with. The saga of the displaced/exiled people exiled to Louisiana is of historical importance to people in Louisiana, but the monument has nothing to do with anything important. For the good people of Louisiana, I apologize to the Dutch visitors who were treated so rudely.

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