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Report 1981: Megaliths, Parish Closes and Cider - Part 2 Morbihan

By Eleanor from UK, Fall 2011

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Page 9 of 27: La Vraie-Croix

photo by MAW

Chapelle Sainte-Croix

La Vraie-Croix is a delightful small settlement signed off the D477 Vannes to Redon Road. It is a thriving place with a baker, general store, crêperie, bar and hairdressers.

We parked in the large car park beside the infant and junior schools. It was playtime and the children were outside playing. We walked past the junior school and could see the classrooms laid out with two children to a desk and all facing the front. There was no sign of ‘group work’. The teacher’s desk was to the side and all rooms had interactive whiteboards.

There is a small information room in the square which had a leaflet about the village and map showing a walk around the gardens and open spaces.

There are flower beds and hanging baskets everywhere in the village. The circular walk takes you through the gardens, round the lake with ducks and down to the fountain and lavoir.

The main parish church is 19thC and was shut.

The small 13thC Chapelle Sainte-Croix is in the centre of the village and the old road used to go under the chapel. There are fenced off shrines at ground level. Stone steps lead to the upper section, which was rebuilt in the 16thC. (Try both doors as one may be locked.) Inside is very plain and simple with a blue painted ceiling with stars. The main altar has a carved and painted depiction of the crucifixion. There are two carved heads on the wall.

According to the legend, a Breton crusader returning from the Holy Land with a piece of the Holy Cross slept here and had a dream. He built the chapel and the piece of cross is preserved in a small reliquary with a replica of a 15thC bronze cross.

La Vraie-Croix hardly merits a mention in the guide books and there is little information on the web. Few tourists discover it. This is a shame as it is a truly delightful place.

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