Piton Sainte-Rose

Church "Notre-Dame-des-Laves" (Our Lady of the Lava), Piton Sainte-Rose, 2006.

Piton Sainte-Rose is a village located on the eastern coast of the Réunion island (a French department) in the Indian Ocean. It is part of the commune of Sainte-Rose.


In April 1977, Piton Sainte-Rose was devastated by a lava flow from the Piton de la Fournaise, the active volcano of the island.[1] The village church was partly invaded by the lava flow but not destroyed.[2] The church was subsequently restored and renamed « Notre Dame des Laves » (Our Lady of the Lava).[3]


  1. ^ (in English) Global Volcanism program, Smithonian Institute.
  2. ^ (in French) Fournaise Info, 24 March 1977 eruption.
  3. ^ (in French) Pierre Thomas, Laboratoire de Sciences de la Terre / ENS Lyon.

Coordinates: 21°9′23″S 55°49′24″E / 21.15639°S 55.82333°E / -21.15639; 55.82333