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AN ABATI KOZH, SANT SULEG AR C’HOAD, BRO ROAZHON

OLD CISTERCIAN ABBEY, SAINT SULPICE LA FORÊT, BRITTANY

According to the legend, a young shepherd found an antique statue of the Virgin Mary inside a blackbird nest, near a pond. A chapel was founded there, as the statue refused to quit the place and mysteriously came back when it was brought somewhere else.

The ruins belongs to the “our lady upon the water” chapel built in 1447 (little picture top and door’s picture middle and right). The chapel became a house after the French revolution.

Nearby, ”our lady of the blackbird’s nest” abbey was created around 1110 by an hermit, Raoul de La Fustaye, according to the model of Fontevrault abbey. The abbey grew and the Dukes of Brittany, Conan III and Conan IV gave parts of the Rennes forest (and not Rain forest !) so that the monastic set became a parish from 1200 until 1792. The leaving of the monks and sisters led to the decline of the monastic economy.

THE PICTURE: in this group of scanned photos, none was worth posting alone. On the contrary, I tried to show a global view of this old place with the whole set.

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