Sainte Anne d’Auray, stations of the Cross!

Going right along with the richness of history and devotion in my lovely Bretagne we come to Sainte Anne d’Auray again. Of course been only 9 km from our house this is our routine route even to go to Vannes our capital city. My sons change bus here to go to school in the area so needless to say we know the town well.

Well, is a small town and totally devoted to Sainte Anne, the Saint mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus! Also ,the patron Saint of Bretagne/Brittany. Where the Bretons call her grandma! Everywhere you go in town there is the presence of Sainte Anne. I like to tell you another great work now partially displayed but will soon be the 14 stations of the Cross by 2021. A must to see.

I was there as the Pardon of Sainte Anne was been carried on 26 July 2020, and took the opportunity to go out of the house back for a visit. Hope you enjoy it.

There are five bronze high reliefs placed in the aisles of the Cloister before being installed on the walls. The nine others will join them by the end of 2021. A unique heritage in France, even in Europe. The photos are from no 1 to no 5.

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Five bronzes are making a big comeback in the cloister of the basilica. In total, the Stations of the Cross are represented by fourteen stations, each weighing between 800 kg and 1.2 tons, depending on the number of characters who appear there.

sainte anne d auray bas ste anne cloister II Jesus takes poss of the Cross jul20

A work of goldsmith and meticulousness entrusted to Olivier Vilhem, Companion of Duty and Meilleur Ouvrier de France for the quality of his work in metalwork. They had been forgotten at the edge of a field. The fourteen stations, exposed to bad weather for twenty years, arrived in Cholet very degraded and pitted by rust. It is in La Séguinière, near Cholet (Maine-et-Loire no 49) that they were brought back to life.

sainte anne d auray bas ste anne cloister III Jesus felled under the weight of the Cross jul20

The Stations of the Cross were made between 1900 and 1904 by Pierre Rouillard, sculptor from Angers, and by Gaston Chapal, owner of the Kerloc foundries in Auray. The realization of these Stations of the Cross extended over a long period, from 1913 to 1945.

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This Stations of the Cross was made concrete thanks to donations from the faithful and the Congregation of Saint Anne. In this bronze form, it is the largest Stations of the Cross in France, even in Europe. The nine other stations are being restored. They are expected to join their neighbors by the end of 2021.

sainte anne d auray bas ste anne cloister V st simon help Christ carry the cross jul20

The official webpage of the sanctuary of the Basilica minor of Sainte Anne in English is here: Official Sainte Anne sanctuary

Again, hope to enjoy this wonderful restoration for all the world to see. I can’t wait for the other nine!!! They are gorgeous and very nice inspired in a prophetic place, the Cloister of the Basilica minor of Sainte Anne in Sainte Anne d’Auray, Morbihan dept 56 of my Bretagne.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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