Encore Sainte Anne d’Auray!!!

And yes encore Sainte Anne d’Auray, again and again; I passed by it almost every day and have several posts in my blog on it or its surrounding monuments. This is awesome regardless of your beliefs and the town of Sainte Anne d’ Auray is totally devoted to the wonderful Basilica.

Needless, to repeat the many text on its description and history so I will be brief and add new pictures taken yesterday morning on our Labor Day 1st May road warrior trip. Hope you enjoy it; I think the pictures came out better than ever ::)

Ste Anne d Auray Bas Ste Anne altar left side may21

Taken some parts of previous texts on older posts let me tell you that I have written on this religious town often as it is just 20 minutes from my house I am talking about Sainte Anne d’Auray and the Basilica of Sainte Anne; the patron Saint of Brittany. According to the Bible, the mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus Christ!

Ste Anne d Auray Bas Ste Anne fountain ste anne may21

I would not go into more details as I have written on the story and history of this high religious stop in the Morbihan Breton on several occasions. Suffixes to say it is a wonderful complex of the Basilica of Sainte Anne, to the statues of her all over the park, to the area where Pope John Paul II visited in 1996.

Ste Anne d Auray Bas Ste Anne altar may21

Ste Anne d Auray Bas Ste Anne chapel Ste Marie may21

You see the baptismal fountain or fontaine, the place of the first prayer and statue of Sainte Anne right coming straight to the Basilica  By choosing the fountain as a place of its first appearance, St. Anne reminds us of the importance of source water, but above the water of baptism: as water is essential to our lives, baptism is essential to grow in faith. The water of baptism makes us children of God and St. Anne, by appearing at the fountain, invites us to return to our baptismal promises.

The Basilica dedicated to Saint Anne is the heart of the sanctuary. It replaced, in the late 19C, in 1872, the first chapel built by Yves Nicolazic chapel became too small to accommodate the crowd of pilgrims.  It was built in the same field of Bocenno which was found the original statue of Ste. Anne by Yves Nicolazic.  Neo-Gothic combines the grace of the Renaissance, model houses the tombs of Yves Nicolazic , the man who saw Ste. Anne and Pierre de Keriolet the penitent.

Ste Anne d Auray Bas Ste Anne chapel back right may21

You will see a Chapel dedicated to Sainte Anne (St Anne) and another one to Sainte Marie (St Mary).

Ste Anne d Auray Bas Ste Anne chapel ste anne et mary may21

Again, some webpages to help you plan your trip here ,and a must if want to get into the Breton/French psyche with its huge history and beautiful architecture. Of course, try not to come on July 24-26 if you don’t want to see yourselves in half a million to a million pilgrims from all over the world.

The official Sanctuary of Sainte Anne: http://www.sainteanne-sanctuaire.com/?langue=en

The long webpage of the Morbihan dept 56 tourist board on the Sanctuary of Ste Annehttp://www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk/ste-anne-d-auray/sanctuaire-de-sainte-anne-d-auray/tabid/8474/offreid/f1e991cc-aa34-4c2d-9cb9-b2d41c877b32

The Bay of Quiberon local tourist office on Sainte Anne d’Auray: https://www.baiedequiberon.co.uk/sainte-anne-dauray

Hope you enjoy the short post and do read my many others on Sainte Anne d’Auray and its wonderful monuments. A small town but packs a lot of power….The history is nice and the architecture is beautiful, a must to see in my Morbihan breton.

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

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