CELEBRATE THE MILLENNIUM OF THE CHURCH OF LOCMARIA!

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1,000 years is something to celebrate! In this year 2022, the church of Locmaria celebrates its millennium. On this occasion, we propose a day of discovery of Quimper and of course of this church which has watched over the Locmaria district for 10 centuries now.

Meet with your guide to a guided tour of Saint Corentin Cathedral, a jewel of Breton Gothic art. After 20 years of work, the restoration of Saint Corentin's cathedral allows us to discover all the periods of its construction. You will discover one of the main enigmas of the cathedral's construction: the lack of alignment between the choir and the nave, which raises a number of questions.

Then, still in the company of your guide, you will discover Breton Departmental Museum during a guided tour of the permanent exhibitions. The museum occupies the former Palace of the Bishops of Cornouaille, next to the cathedral, and preserves and reveals some wonderful treasures from the Breton past. Furniture, earthenware, objects of daily life and traditional costumes are also presented. The museum preserves and regularly enriches the most important Breton collection of traditional costumes.

In the early afternoon, meet at Place Saint Corentin (in front of the Breton Departmental Museum and Saint Corentin Cathedral) for a guided tour of the Locmaria district in a small train. Climb aboard the little train, decorated in ceramic style as in the Henriot-Quimper earthenware factory, and cross the old quarters to discover the historic centre of Quimper.

Then, guided tour of the Locmaria district. A primitive place in the town of Quimper, the Locmaria district is today a real artists' workshop: Hand-painted earthenware, haute couture embroidery, crepe lace making....

Your guide will then tell you the secrets of theLocmaria church, l'one of the oldest in the departmentand its magnificent cloister. Founded in the 11th century, it is a testimony to the sobriety of Romanesque art. Inside, you can admire the earthenware Way of the Cross painted in 1860 and classified as a historical monument, or a Polychrome wooden Christ on a rood beam. In the adjacent garden, two arches of the Romanesque cloister can still be seen. The neighbouring priory was built in the 17th century: the main building dates from 1646. In the 18th century, a wing was rebuilt to the south (1756), intended for the prioress' accommodation. After the Revolution, a small building closes the courtyard at the level of the square created on the site of the cemetery.

This visit will be followed by a demonstration of the making of crêpes dentelles on becuwes at the Quimper biscuit factory located in the heart of Locmaria, Quimper's primitive district. At the end of the visit tasting of local specialities Breton cakes, galettes, palets, kouign-amann...