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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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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

No visit to the area is complete without exploring the story of Evangeline and experiencing her monument. Walk around the church and you will find the monument off the left side of the church.

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El Paso, Texas
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Address: Saint Martinville, LA
Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  Saint Martinville

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