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Coordinates: 47°41′26″N 2°32′30″W / 47.6906°N 2.5417°W / 47.6906; -2.5417Coordinates: 47°41′26″N 2°32′30″W / 47.6906°N 2.5417°W / 47.6906; -2.5417{{#coordinates:47.6906|-2.5417|type:city(1263)_region:FR|||||| |primary |name= }}</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Country</th><td> France</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Region</th><td> Brittany</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Department</th><td> Morbihan</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Arrondissement</th><td> Vannes</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Canton</th><td> Elven</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Intercommunality</th><td> Pays de Questembert</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th colspan="2" style="text-align:center;text-align:left">Government</th></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left"> • Mayor (2008–2014) </th><td> Monique Danion</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Area1</th><td> 16.63 km2 (6.42 sq mi)</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Population (2006)2</th><td> 1,263</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left"> • Density</th><td> 76/km2 (200/sq mi)</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">INSEE/Postal code</th><td class="adr"> 56261 / 56250</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Elevation</th><td> Script error: No such module "convert".</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" style="text-align:center;text-align:left; font-size:smaller"> 1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.</td></tr></table>

La Vraie-Croix (Breton: Langroez) is a commune in the Morbihan department in Brittany in north-western France. Its inhabitants are called Langroëziens after the Breton name for the commune.

Geography

Located in the countryside at the edge of the Lanvaux heathland, La Vraie-Croix is a hilly area with many footpaths which offer attractive views.

History

The name La Vraie-Croix (English: The True Cross) comes from a knight of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem who, returning from a crusade, carried with a fragment of the True Cross. He stopped in the town during this journey. He returned the next day and saw that the fragment had disappeared. The piece was subsequently found in a crow's nest on top of a hawthorn bush.

The townspeople removed it, but the next day the fragment was back in the crow's nest. They saw it was a sign, and the people decided to build a chapel at the site of the tree to house the relic.

Demographics

La Vraie-Croix
Langroez
The town hall in La-Vraie-Croix
The town hall in La-Vraie-Croix
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Historical population of La Vraie-Croix
(Source: INSEE[1])
Year19621968197519822006
Population6306667238351263
From the year 1968 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

Sites and monuments

The small village church to this day houses a reliquary which contains a piece of the True Cross.

Green spaces

La Vraie-Croix is renowned for its floral decoration which is organised by the people of the village and which has won numerous awards. Indeed, this county has received a national award several times, as well as a European first prize. For many years the village has achieved a rating of four flowers (the maximum possible) and the grand prize in the Concours des villes et villages fleuris (Cities and villages in bloom competition).[2]

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