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France : Bretagne

2.5 km (1.6 miles) E of Ergué-Gabéric, Finistère, Bretagne, France
Approx. altitude: 42 m (137 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 48°S 176°E

Accuracy: 15 m (49 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Looking North #3: Looking East #4: Looking South #5: Looking West #6: Maps, track and GPS #7: Brittany chapels, at right Kerdévot #8: “Calvaire” and Maria-altar #9: Altarpiece of  carved wood, 16th century!

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  48°N 4°W (visit #5)  

#1: The DCP, in the water, in the nettles at left or in the shrubs at right

(visited by Henk Pouwels and Inge Pouwels)

07-Sep-2001 -- During our holiday in Brittany in September 2001 we started at our camping for a trip of 80-km straight distance to what at that time was the most West situated DCP of France. Later DCP’s in the sea, but with view of the land, were accepted too and Captain Peter with his ship and crew visited 48°N 5°W July 2002 (This 2001 visit is submitted in 2009 !).

After a beautiful ride we approached via the D115 and turned direction North, see the red track on the left map. The first attempt to reach the DCP from the North failed due to barking dogs in the house and white horses in the meadow. Returning on our steps (wheels) we found a road (W) to a private house. The family of the house indicated the way to go: over the meadow (N), entering the wood at the end of the meadow and not following the path N (what we did), see the blue track in the detailed map.

The DCP is either in a little brook, or on one of the borders; due to heavy foliage the position indication was very unstable. The GPS-display and the N,E,S,W photographs are made a number of steps away from the DCP. The house in the North Looking view is guarded by the barking dogs; the white horses are just out of view.

Everywhere in this part of France you stumble over old to very old churches and chapels. The most right one of three examples is the chapel of Kerdévot, just 1.5 km ENE of the DCP, marked with a yellow ellipse in the map. Go and see yourself if you are there.

The chapel dates from the 15th century. Oral tradition says the chapel is built to thank the Virgin for halting a terrible epidemic of pest, which ravaged Elliant and threatened Ergué-Gabéric. Since, each 2nd Sunday in September the “Pardon de Kerdévon” commemorates this miracle.

A “pardon” is a pilgrimage with a procession. We visited the chapel on the Friday before the Pardon while the ladies of the village were busy with flowers, water, brooms and vacuum cleaners. There is and an amazing altarpiece carved in wood inside. It is made around 1500 in Flandres and shows the life of the Virgin. Outside you find a typical “Calvaire” (Calvary) in stone originating of the 16th century.


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#1: The DCP, in the water, in the nettles at left or in the shrubs at right
#2: Looking North
#3: Looking East
#4: Looking South
#5: Looking West
#6: Maps, track and GPS
#7: Brittany chapels, at right Kerdévot
#8: “Calvaire” and Maria-altar
#9: Altarpiece of carved wood, 16th century!
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