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Report 1982: Megaliths, Parish Closes and Cider - Part 3 Northern Finistère

By Eleanor from UK, Fall 2011

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Page 24 of 32: Le Yaudet

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Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Yaudet

Le Yaudet is tucked away on a small headland overlooking the mouth of the River Leguer. It is a small, compact hamlet of old houses surrounding the church. The area has been settled since neolithic times and was the site of a Roman fort. There is a huge car park and way marked walks around the headland.

The remains of the granite rampart cutting off the peninsula can still be seen with the remains of the stone walls from the iron age settlement. There is a steep drop with a lot of steps down to a viewpoint of the river mouth. At low tide the remains of a fishing wall can be seen. This held back fish as the tide fell and was in use until the 19thC.

The headland itself is covered with scrub and trees so there are few views. The trail goes past a small stone guard house with a stone slab roof, built on the end of the peninsula in anticipation of possible English Invasion during the Napoleonic Wars.

Chapelle Notre-Dame-Du-Yaudet is a 19thC building replacing an 11thC chapel, which is thought to have been built on the site of a Roman temple. The inside is very simple with white walls and hexagonal pillars supporting pointed arches. Boats hang from the blue painted wooden ceiling. The most notable feature is the gloriously naff (i.e., unpalatable) Virgin Mary and Child in a bed with lace drapes and bedcover with an old statue of a king and a dove above. This is above the altar and is surrounded by pillars and saints with angels above. There is a smaller altar in the north aisle with rather garish modern statues.

Although there is little to do and see at Le Yaudet apart from the walks it is popular with visitors. Don’t miss the Virgin Mary. It really is worth going all the way to Le Yaudet to see her.

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