Locronan Travel Guide

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    overlooking the valley
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    Church of Saint Ronan
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Locronan Things to Do

  • Church of Saint Ronan-interiors

    One if not the only reason to be here, the Church of Saint Ronan is wonderfully beautiful and a must see , I have an exterior tip and this is the interiorThe Church is indeed lighted , brilliant, not the dark one as most often the case; this is noted by the experts on these buildings. The place do look like a cathedral ,looks wide ,big, yet is not...

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  • Church of Saint Ronan -exteriors

    This is the reason to come here other than on religious day on the second Sunday in July for the Grande Trémodie. The Church of Saint Renan, is a must.Built from 1420 to 1480AD 'in the shaped of a Cathedral', with the help of donations from JEAN V, PIERRE II and FRANÇOIS II, Dukes of Brittany, she was, originally, Church of the Benedictine Priory,...

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  • See the St. Ronan Story on the Pulpit

    The story of St. Ronan , the Irish hermit who came to the area in the 9C, is carved into the wood of the pulpit ascent stair in a Louis XIV style. Done in 1707, it is a vivd example of its time It consists of 10 polychromed wood medallions portraying the story. The first medallion at the foot of thes stairs showsSt. Ronan arriving in his boat at...

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  • See the St. Ronan Story on the Pulpit

    The story of St. Ronan , the Irish hermit who came to the area in the 9C, is carved into the wood of the pulpit ascent stair in a Louis XIV style. Done in 1707, it is a vivd example of its time It consists of 10 polychromed wood medallions portraying the story. The first medallion at the foot of thes stairs showsSt. Ronan arriving in his boat at...

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  • See the Church's Stained Glass and...

    Stone and wood carving developed rapidly in Brittany, especially because of the very workable Kersanton granite. The church interior is filled with polychrome statues in wood or stone. The liveliness of expression is very notable. The work is in keeping with the immediately succeeding Calvaires seen in nearby town churchyards. Also outstanding is...

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  • Study the Church Interior

    The altar is flanked by patron Saints Corentin and Ronan while behind it is a large excellent stained glass window (1480) with scenes of the Life and Death of Christ. At the end of the aisle to the left is the carved polychrome wood (1668) Retable of the Rosary, a hallmark of the devotion of the citizenry to their faith. Finally there is the pulpit...

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  • Enter the Chapel of Penity

    The gisant of St. Ronan lies in the Chapel surrounded by angels and with an ox at his feet representing their unattended guiding of his funeral cart to the church site. Also in the chapel is a “Deploration” (Lamentation) group in polychrome stone as well as revered 16C stone statues. Note that St. Michel carries a scale containing souls.

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  • Visit the Church of St.-Ronan &...

    The old church is built of granite in Renaissance style and has a stubby central bell tower. To its right is a small Chapel of Penity attached to the main church. Within it are the tomb of St. Ronan and other devotional objects on which the “Pardon Processions” (the Tromenies) center.(See Customs) The church has a central porch entry under a gable...

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  • Walk About the Town

    Locronan is an old town (less than 1K pop) established in the 15 C, quickly becoming successful through making sail cloth. In the 17C sturdy granite houses were built and they still stand around the main square next to the church and down the radiating streets. The square also boasts a large central town well. The church, also on the square, is the...

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Locronan Transportation

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    last turn into Locronan ,D63 road 3 more images

    by gwened Written Dec 26, 2013

    the best way is to come by car, from Vannes take the N165 direction Lorient, past Quimper get on the exit 37 to D770 road Locronan douardenenez, and follow first the D39 then D63, the roads are well signal to Locronan here.
    route planner
    www.viamichelin.com

    there is a bus system from Quimper the QUB
    Line 21 : Quimper-Plogonnec-Locronanicone
    Line 23 : Quimper-Locronan
    http://www.qub.fr/se-deplacer/les-horaires/rechercher-une-fiche-horaire/

    and the department 29 Finistére (penn ar bed) buses
    Line 37 : Quimper-Camaret
    http://www.viaoo29.fr/

    by TER Bretagne you can reach from Paris Montparnasse Quimper and then the above bus connection or taxis (14 kms).
    http://www.taxi-locronan.com/contact.php
    http://www.taxi-quimper.fr/

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Locronan Shopping

  • shop souvenirs Breton

    right in the entrance to town, by the parking lot, and you can have all you need from the area in all kinds of breton motifs. you have the entire collection of bowls of Charles Combier, as well as brand Bécassine, all from Mam Goudig (including their cider bowls) and more than 120 lighthouses from afar as Belgium, Corsica, and the Mediterranean...

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  • Lampes Berger exibit

    A little exibit of Lampes Berger completes the good for sale. You can find there the complet range of perfumes even the ones which are not still issued.Also, the burners which are almost impossible to find elsewhare. For the master piece of the picture (the Pierrot on the left) : only, 1.200.000 Euros (the mold havs been broken).

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  • The world center of the Lampe Berger

    This shop is a classical candles shop.But it has a second room completly dedicated to the Lampe Berger. The Lampe Berger has been initialy at the end of the 19° century made for hospital in order to catch the microbs and the smells.Then, Berger put a perfume in his mixture. Now, the lamp is worldly known as a way to perfume a room. Average prices...

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Locronan Local Customs

  • La Troménie

    This is a deeply religious event that takes place here every 6th year, and on the second and third Sunday in July is the grande troménie, that is done over 12 kms.The small tromenie is done every year.the tourist page of Brittany has it for July...

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  • What Are the Tromenies?

    The Tromenies are annual devotional processions (a kind of pardon) which go out into the hills around Locronan where the hermit saint resided after arriving from Ireland in the 9C. There are stops at various sacred sites where relics are venerated and displayed. The walks occur every second Sunday of July, and are 5 km in length except that ever...

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Locronan Warnings and Dangers

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    Beware of the door

    by GUYON Written Apr 5, 2003

    Locronan was built to be inhabited by Bretons, not by tourists and the Bretons were known to be little (my wife's ancester was 1,34 meter in 1792).
    So the doors were adapted.
    Be aware of your head.

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Locronan Off The Beaten Path

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    It's crowdy today, honey ! 2 more images

    by GUYON Written Oct 9, 2006

    If you strool by the Locronan streets, you are transported in a far past. When the stone was cheap and the Breton small. Commonly, a man was 1,50 meter high. So take care if you are invited to enter a house and if you are one of the tall Americans who visits Britany in Summer.

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Locronan Favorites

  • Walk Locronan

    if there is a town to walk, this is it. small only about 800 inhabitants, all done like if time has stop, you can walk every house of it, and they are a marvel of Breton construction. the Church, the businesses ,the restos all are beautiful. You get to know little things like the horse head on the store at pl de l'église, and many subtle more, for...

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  • The church of Saint Ronan

    Ronan was a hermit came from Eire during the 11° century.He is known to have delivered a sheep from the wolfs (a hunter I presume).Several lords wanted to have the body of a so saint man in their lands. The dispute was settled by God : the body was put on a wagon pulled by oxen but without a drover. They stoped at the place of the current...

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