Chapel of the Black Penitents, known as the Mercy

The chapel of the Mercy is on a small square below the place of the collegiate church’s old cemetery. Located between two streets, it is preceded by a small enclosure that serves as a square.

Typology Building

Period XVII

Accessibility No

Visitable Yes

The brotherhood, founded in 1592, was transferred in 1675 to its new chapel dedicated to ND de la Misericorde and the taking off of Saint-Jean Baptiste, according to the customs in use at the time for the brotherhoods of Black Penitents.

In order to create a plan forecourt between two sloping streets on two different levels, a space has been created in front of the facade.

The very simple classical facade contrasts with the baroque interior decoration.

A cylindrical pseudo-lantern, marked by four pilasters, surmounts a rococo baroque bell tower, whose corner capitals are adorned with cherubim. It is wearing a bulb with glazed tiles. Four “pot-à-feu” (fire pits) are connected to the skylight by spiral fins supporting them.

A narrower choir extends the three-span nave.

The richly decorated baroque altar is at the front of the choir.

The platform that covers the first bay has the particularity of being extended, on either side of the nave, two walkways whose guardrail panels are decorated identically.

The chapel has a Valoncini organ, donated in 1902 by Canon Antonio Guidi, parish priest of Nice.

Following the attachment of Tende to France in 1947, the statutes of the brotherhood were reworked, and it is under French association status, that the members perpetuate the place’s maintenance.

Conditions of visit

Pedestrian access through the alleys of the village of Tende. Parking near RD 6204 road, outside the historical village.

The access to the chapel, on one level, is dependent on a sloping lane. Parking is possible on the outskirts of the historic village.

Occasional public opening: Heritage Days or by appointment from 10 people. (See tourist office)


Additional information


  • Banaudo José, Les merveilles des chapelles de Tende, Magazine Le Haut-Pays n°53, Les Editions du Cabri, Breil-sur-Roya,2002..
  • Banaudo José, Tende : Au temps où les chapelles étaient des chefs d’oeuvres en péril, Magazine Le Haut-Pays n°58, Les Editions du Cabri, Breil-sur-Roya, 2003.
  • Beltrutti Giorgio, Tende et La Brigue, Les Editions du Cabri, Breil-sur-Roya, 1988.
  • Beltrutti Giorgio, Tende et La Brigue, Les Editions du Cabri, Breil-sur-Roya, 1988.
  • Bernard Michèle, Les orgues de la vallée : Tende et Fontan, Magazine « le Haut-Pays » n°2, Les Editions du Cabri, Breil-sur-Roya,1984.
  • Ortolani Marc, Tende 1699-1792, Destin d’une autonomie communale, Les Editions du Cabri, Breil-sur-Roya, 1994.
  • Rodi Silvano, Saorgin René, Orgues historiques des vallées de la Roya et de la Bevera, Les Editions du Cabri, Breil-sur-Roya, 2003.
  • Saorgin René, Les orgues de nos vallées, Magazine « le Haut-Pays » n°1, Les Editions du Cabri, Breil-sur-Roya, 1984.

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