Only in a name Sainte Anne d’Auray

It a sunny cool Sunday, and Bretagne that is going to Church. There is none better here than at Sainte Anne d’Auray, a town about 12 minutes by car from my town. I was there this morning.

I went before the grand Mass of 11H, where persons I came to see were to attend. It gave me the opportunity to come back to this town. Sometimes we passed by, and sometimes we take time in coming here. Sometimes, you are not aware of the beauty, peace, historical and religious significance of places you have around you. I admit the pictures are not that well done even if I am an amateur on it, took them with my old nokia phone ::)

A bit here, Sainte Anne according to the Bible is the mother of Mary, grandmother of Jesus; and the Patron Saint of Brittany!  Pope John Paul II came here and he is remembered with a plaque. The Memorial to the fallen of Brittany in the WW is here too. As well as many statues and fountain of the Saint all over a beautiful park including a wonderful inspiring stair of prayer where folks climb to pray even on their knees!!!

The story here is long, so try to make it shorter. A farm worker named , Yvon Nicolazic,heard voices in breton language that told him  “Me zo Anna mamm Mari” or in French «Je suis la mère de Marie”, which means I am the mother of Mary.   This was July 25 1624, the eve of the feast of Sainte Anne. On March 7 after the call, the farm worker discover in his field in the area of Bocenno, a statue of Sainte Anne that came from an old chapel then in ruins. This event prove the authenticity of the apparitions. More than 400 years later pilgrimages happenned here, with thousands of folks, the most important was Pope John Paul II in September 20, 1996.

And ,there is a statue call  Sainte Anne et les marins in memory of mariners or fisherman who have a strong devotion to the sainte.  The statue with the child enfant Jesus weights 12.50 ton, and high of  5.64 meters, done with 3 blocks of granite stone from  Kersanton  is magnificent. There is a chapel of the Immaculate Conception to the east of cloister built in 1890. To the east of the chapel you will find the place where Yvon Nicolazic the farmer who had the visions was born, now the house dates from 1907.  The statue in front of basilica of Sainte Anne looking over a fountain is the only one representing Mary showing her mother (Ste Anne) . The others show her showing the heavens as was the mision “Sainte Anne, Mère de Marie, conduis-nous vers Jésus”. or Saint Anne, mother of Mary, guide us towards Jesus.

There are wonderful crêperies some we have tried and are great, and historical quaint unique lodgings ,one I visited this morning after passing in front of it for years ::)

The lodging is the L’Auberge right near the Basilica and on the main road to Vannes, D17. It has a wonderful entry lobby with nice leather bucket seats , TV ,magazines and books to read; all the tourist information for the area. A beautiful stairs to take you up to the dining room for a wonderful breakfast, and very well kept rooms. In addition, to a quaint pretty patio with terrace on back. All of these right on the main street in town close to all and walking distance to the Basilica.

I was impressed by the attentive service given to me and the hellos by all even if just there did not stay, waiting for take this person to my house.  From a simple building outside that I passed by many times, the inside look and description by all, tell me this is very nice place to stay while in the area.

The webpage is here: L’Auberge

The hotel is part of the Logis de France ,and this year won the excellence prize from the as well as Gault Millau as well as the site I recommend in my blogroll below front page of my blog La Fourchette or fork.

The Logis de France in English is here: Logis de France

Gault MIllau site here: Gault Millau

The Fourchette site here: La Fourchette

Of course the main to come here is to get to know history, and faith. The biggest event is July 24-26 where Sainte Anne d’Auray becomes the center of Catholism in France, second only to Lourdes.

In the Basilica cloisters there are nice permanent and temporary exhibition on the history of Brittany.

Enjoy your Sunday, mine is just arriving lunch time and we will have the cassoulet of Toulouse ::)  Cheers!

2 Comments to “Only in a name Sainte Anne d’Auray”

  1. I must remember those dates, as my husband was born on 24th July. Very pretty: you caught the light really well. 👍

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