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BRETON CULTURE AND TRADITIONS VI.
Little chapels of this kind are very common in Brittany.
Several were built in each parish, because in the old days, country people couldn't always walk to the parish church, which was too far.
Most of them were built in the 16th or 17th century, in a special kind of fine, dark grey granite, called " Kersantite ", because it came from different quarries at the far end of the bay of Brest, all called" Kersanton"
It had the particularity of being very soft, when it was first cut out of the quarry, which allowed the stone cutters to sculpt it quite easily. But then with time, it became very hard , so the buildings and the statues have survived the times very well.
Near these chapels and churches, you always find a calvary ( a cross ), sometimes simple, sometimes very ornate with statues.
This particular chapel is situated in the commune of Grand-Champ in Morbihan, and was built in the 16th century. It is consecrated to St Brigitte, a saint who is said to have come from Ireland, to evangelise Brittany.The hamlet around is called " Loperhet ", from the breton words " Loc'h Berc'hed ", meaning: " Brigitte's hermitage ".

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