Chapelle Sainte-Barbe

Historic site and monument ,  Listed or registered (CNMHS) ,  Gothic ,  Chapel ,  Fountain and wash house at Le Faouët

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  • Stone staircases with balusters lead to the Sainte-Barbe chapel (15th century), surprising for the small size of its location. Built on the rock, it overlooks the Ellé valley. A path descends to the fountain and the river.

    At the end of the 15th century, the youngest of the lords of Locmalo, Jean de Toulbodou left his manor house in Guidfoss en Plouray to go hunting. While he is on the land of Jean de Boutteville, lord of Faouët, he is surprised by a storm of rare violence. The gigantic rocks that surround it are struck by lightning. Quarters of rocks stand out from the vertical wall. Winning by an extreme fright, Jean de Toulbodou sees his end approaching and then prays Sainte Barbe, usually invoked to protect himself from fire and lightning. He promises her, if she saves him, to erect a chapel there. The storm suddenly ends, Jean de Toulbodou is heard. True to his promise, he undertook the construction of this chapel on July 6, 1489 in this cramped place. It will be completed in 1512. On arriving at the site of the chapel, we discover the campanile sheltering a bell having the virtue of warding off lightning. The steps of a monumental staircase lead to the Saint-Michel oratory and then to the chapel. Inside, we notice, as in the Notre-Dame church in Kernascléden, a stone vault on crossed ribs, an exception for the time when almost all the vaults were made of wood. The arms of Boutteville and Toulbodou, founding lords, are present on many crown shields, as well as on some stained glass windows. A path leads to the devotional fountain. This, dating from 1708, is housed in a square enclosure with an interior bench. A niche shelters a statue of Sainte Barbe. According to legend, the young unmarried girls threw a round-headed pin there while trying to reach the hole drilled in the basin of the fountain to know if they would marry in the year. Continuing on the path, you reach the banks of the Ellé.
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    • Mobility impaired
      • Le plateau de la chapelle Sainte-Barbe est accessible.
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    • Non-guided tour
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    From 2.5 € to 3 €
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  • From January 1, 2020
    until March 31, 2020
  • From April 11, 2020
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