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THE PLACE WHERE I LIVE VII: As I said in my previous post , I live on the border between the communes of PLOUGASTEL and LOPERHET, and this chapel stands about 500m from my house on top of a hill overlooking the sea, so it's a favourite destination for a morning jog, when I feel like taking a little fresh air.

The first building, according to the legend was built by the lord of Kergoat in Loperhet. As he was prisoner of the Turks during the crusades, he promised God that he would build a chapel in honour of St Claude, if he was freed. As it happened, one morning, he found himself on the coast near his manor in a stone boat. (a current thing in our breton legends. Floatability must have been different in those days :)
So, straight away, he set about fulfilling his promise, which was to build a chapel on the highest part of his land. However, whatever was built during the day, was mysteriously destroyed during the night. Puzzled, the Lord of Kergoat tied his oxen to a cart full of building stones, and decided to let them go where they wished.
The oxen crossed the river at low tide , went up the hill, and stopped where the chapel is now. The Lord then realized that his highest piece of land was actually in PLOUGASTEL, whereas he had meant to build the chapel in LOPERHET.
However, he had to submit to God's wish...
To this day, the people of both parishes are closely linked to this chapel and take part together in the organization of the yearly festival in early September. So there must be some truth in the legend I suppose...

The present building dates back to the XVIth century and is of Breton Renaissance style.
The chevet with several gables, on the right of the picture was conceived by the artisans " Beaumanoir" from Morlaix, which were very successful around that period.

I am adding some WS with more info about the chapel.

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