Sainte-Barbe chapel in Le Faouët, a foundation... with thunder

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The chapel on its rocky spur overlooking the beautiful Ellé valley and its thousand-years-old beeches (faou, Faoüet, means "beech" in Breton).

Saint Barbe is a high Gothic church, raised between 1498 and 1512 on a mountain by the lord of Toulbodou... a man struck by a lightning!

Miraculously safe and sound, he thanked saint Barbe (who protect sailors, firemen and also people from the storm) and dedicated his chapel to her.

The stairs, the ossuary and the Saint-Michel oratory date back to the 18th century. Some stained-glass windows were completed in the 16th century.