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Sainte-Anne-d'Auray

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Coordinates: 47°42′15″N 2°57′10″W / 47.7042°N 2.9528°W / 47.7042; -2.9528Coordinates: 47°42′15″N 2°57′10″W / 47.7042°N 2.9528°W / 47.7042; -2.9528{{#coordinates:47.7042|-2.9528|type:city(1844)_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> Lorient</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Canton</th><td> Auray</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Intercommunality</th><td> Pays d'Auray</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> Roland Gastine</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Area1</th><td> 4.97 km2 (1.92 sq mi)</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Population (1999)2</th><td> 1,844</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left"> • Density</th><td> 370/km2 (960/sq mi)</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">INSEE/Postal code</th><td class="adr"> 56263 / 56400</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>

Sainte-Anne-d'Auray (Breton: Santez-Anna-Wened) is a commune in the Morbihan department of Brittany in north-western France.

Demographics

Inhabitants of Sainte-Anne-d'Auray are called in French Saintannois.

Breton language

In 2008, 10,82% of all children in the area attended bilingual schools in primary education.[1]

Culture

The most notable feature of the village is the large Basilica of Sainte-Anne d'Auray, which is a major site of pilgrimage. Saint Anne is the patron saint of Brittany. The Basilica was built in the mid-nineteenth century to replace an earlier church which had housed an ancient statue of Anne. The statue was said to have been miraculously discovered by Yves Nicolazic, a local peasant, who claimed to have had visions from the saint asking him to build a church in her honour.[2] The statue was destroyed during the French Revolution. In the gardens is a large war memorial to Breton victims of World War I, containing sculptures by Jules-Charles Le Bozec. A large statue of Henri, comte de Chambord, the last significant Bourbon claimant to the monarchy of France, is at the end of the road leading to the now-disused railway station.

Gallery

See also

References

  1. ^ Invalid language code. Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Enseignement bilingue
  2. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia: Diocese of Vannes

External links

Sainte-Anne-d'Auray
Santez-Anna-Wened
The Basilica of Sainte-Anne d'Auray
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