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Today is sunday, the day of papagolfades ! We are in Quéven this time, a small city close to Lorient. The chapel is in a village called Saint-Nicodème, not far from the entry of the famous naval aviation base of Lann-Bihoué. Todays it is mostly known as Saint-Nicodème chapel, but its real name is very poetic : Our Lady of Dew ! It was first dedicated to Virgin Mary (indeed the village used to be called Locmaria, the place dedicated to Virgin Maria in breton). People came here to protect themselves against dryness and abundant rains (even in Brittany you need that !). According to the presence of statues of Saint-Isidore and Saint-Nicodème, people must have comen here too to protect ploughmen, cattle and harvest. The chapel was built in 1578 and was restored many times, in 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Indeed it is now partly in restoration as you can see on the picture. The chapel is maintained by the association Les amis de Saint-Nicodème (which means Friends of Saint-Nicodème). The pardon takes place on first sunday of september.

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