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Le Faouët, Morbihan

For other places with the same name, see Le Faouët (disambiguation).
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Coordinates: 48°02′02″N 3°29′25″W / 48.0339°N 3.4903°W / 48.0339; -3.4903Coordinates: 48°02′02″N 3°29′25″W / 48.0339°N 3.4903°W / 48.0339; -3.4903{{#coordinates:48.0339|-3.4903|type:city(2806)_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> Pontivy</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Canton</th><td> Le Faouët</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Intercommunality</th><td> Pays du Roi Morvan</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> André Le Corre</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Area1</th><td> 34.03 km2 (13.14 sq mi)</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Population (1999)2</th><td> 2,806</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left"> • Density</th><td> 82/km2 (210/sq mi)</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">INSEE/Postal code</th><td class="adr"> 56057 / 56320</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Elevation</th><td> Script error: No such module "convert".
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Le Faouët (Breton: Ar Faoued) is a commune in the Morbihan department of the region of Brittany in north-western France.

The Breton language name of the commune means Beech forest. The sixteenth century timber market halls are a noted feature of the town and two medieval chapels lies within the boundaries of the commune.

Geography

Le Faouët/Ar Faoued lies in the historical region of Cornouaille. Traditionally a Breton-speaking area, the French language became commonly used from the 1950s. The town lies in the valley of the river Ellé.

History

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Administration

Le Faouët/Ar Faoued is the seat of the Canton du Faouët. The other communes making up the canton are Berné, Guiscriff, Lanvénégen, Meslan, and Priziac.

Demographics

The population at recent censuses was:

  • 1962: 3,039
  • 1968: 3,048
  • 1975: 3,149
  • 1982: 3,177
  • 1990: 2,869
  • 1999: 2,806

Inhabitants of Le Faouët are called Faouëtais.

Breton language

In 2008, 14,24% of the children attended the bilingual schools in primary education.[1]

Tourist attractions

File:Chapelle-Sainte-Barbe.jpg
Chapel of Saint Barbara.

The sixteenth century halles, or covered market, remain in use and are a rare surviving example of a large timber structure from the period.

The chapel of Saint Barbara is sited on a hilltop overlooking the Ellé. The fifteenth century chapel of Saint Fiacre was recently restored. The polychrome timber interior was highly regarded, and earned its creator, Olivier Le Loergan, a title of nobility. The stained glass is also noteworthy. Parts of the interior have suffered considerable damage from insects.

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View of Chapelle Sainte Barbe Le Fouët

See also

References

  1. ^ Invalid language code. Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Enseignement bilingue

External links

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