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Coordinates: 48¬į06‚Ä≤00‚Ä≥N 4¬į12‚Ä≤24‚Ä≥WÔĽŅ / ÔĽŅ48.1¬įN 4.20667¬įWÔĽŅ / 48.1; -4.20667

Commune of Locronan

Lokorn
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Place de l'√Čglise
Location
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Coordinates 48¬į06‚Ä≤00‚Ä≥N 4¬į12‚Ä≤24‚Ä≥WÔĽŅ / ÔĽŅ48.1¬įN 4.20667¬įWÔĽŅ / 48.1; -4.20667
Administration
Country France
Region Bretagne
Department Finistère
Arrondissement Ch√Ęteaulin
Canton Ch√Ęteaulin
Mayor Jean-Luc Engelmann
(2008‚ÄĒ2014)
Statistics
Elevation 38‚Äď280 m (120‚Äď920 ft)
(avg. 145 m/480 ft)
Land area1 8.08 km2 (3.12 sq mi)
Population2 799  (1999)
 - Density 99 /km2 (260 /sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 29134/ 29180
Website Tourism office
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km¬≤ (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Locronan (Lokorn in Breton) is a commune in Finistère department in Bretagne in north-western France.

Locronan has been credited with being one of the most beautiful villages in France by an independent association aiming to promote tourism into rural France.

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The place name

The village's name means the hermitage of Saint Ronan. It has previously been known as Saint-René-du-Bois.

St Ronan is greatly venerated in Brittany. He was a Celtic (possibly Cornish or Irish) missionary of the 6th century. His association with Locronan is close, and his relics are kept in the parish church.

History

The St Ronan church at Locronan.

Locronan is a small town built at the foot of a hill, and was granted town status in 1505 by Anne of Brittany, who went there on a pilgrimage.

Since the 15th century, hemp has been blossoming in Locronan's surroundings. This led to a hemp industry in the town at the time, making the town quite prosperous. Locronan's hemp used to be shipped around the world, and was also vital for rigging the shipping, both commercial and military, that operated from Brittany's many ports. It was at this time that the Saint Ronan church was built as well as the small chapel of Penity.

Demographics

Inhabitants of Locronan are called Locronanais.

Breton language

The municipality launched a linguistic plan through Ya d'ar brezhoneg on November the 23th of 2007.

Events

Trom√©nie is a pilgrimage festival, involving a huge procession, which features the banners of participating parishes. Held every six years between the second and third Sundays in July, the Grande Trom√©nie is a pilgrimage of about 12 km., traversing the wider sacred area around Locronan. In the intervening five years, the Petite Trom√©nie is held on the second Sunday in July and is focussed on the town and church of Locronan. These are among the major pardons of the Breton festal calendar.

Popular culture

Locronan features in a few films:

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See also

External links

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