It was my first time here and I was wowed to see this superb little architectural masterpiece located in the Finistere of Brittany in the north-west of France.
With its stunning stained-glass and its beautiful tower, the Le Folgoet Notre Dame Basilica of the Virgin Mary is a gem of Gothic Flamboyant architecture. The Gothic style tower is simple yet magnificent. The basilica is topped by a wonderful spire and has an unusual square shape. The 15th century granite jube, the gorgeous 19th century roses adorning the cross chapel and apse and the charming 15th century statue of Our Lady of Folgöet, all those are remarkable. Certainly, this medieval Basilica is one of the most beautiful churches in the heart of Finistere and one of the most magical sights in Brittany.
During the visit, I learned that a long time ago in the town of Folgoet there was a mad guy called Salin who always sang “Ave Maria” in the wild forest. When he died in November, a white flower grew and bloomed for 6 six weeks from his mouth with Ave Maria written in golden letters on the leaves. When the villagers saw it, they were surprised because it was unusual for the flower to grow as it was the end of autumn. So the villagers informed the priest and when they dug into the ground, they found out that the flower grew from the mouth of Salin. Because of this miracle a Basilica was built upon his grave in the 15th century. All this around the legend of Salin and lots more to discover!
So, when the Duchess of Brittany and Queen of France Anne heard about the miracle, she decided to give donations, and amazing sculptures and ornaments were created to embellish the Basilica.
It was indeed a great and interesting tour of this sumptuous site! Thank you to our brilliant guide from SPREV for making our visit a memorable one. 🙂
Little Lilly travel tip:
- Excellent tour guides who belong to an organization SPREV which is dedicated to preserving and promoting religious sites located within cities are available in the summer.
- There’s a museum across the street.