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I am posting this to add to my theme "Breton sacred fountains".
Here we are still in Plougastel, famous for its panoramas, its heritage, its strawberries (posting N°4), its traditional costumes and dances( N°1,2,3), and probably above all, for its 8 chapels (N°52) dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries.
These chapels had all originally been erected on Celtic places of worship, which were taken over during Chritianisation around the 5th century.
These places of worship always included a sacred fountain.
In pre-Christian times, this fountain was dedicated to a Celtic deity of fertility: the statue, holding its genital organs, was found nearby some years ago!
The Christians dedicated it to the Virgin Mary! The monument dates back to the 17th century, and the Gothic arch shelters a "Virgin and child" made in kersantite, this famous dark-grey granite from a nearby quarry, which has the particularity of being soft when first extracted, so easy to sculpt; it then hardens with time, and so becomes resistant to the centuries (N°74).
"FEUNTENN WENN" is translated into French as "Fontaine blanche"( White Fountain), but "GWEN" or "WENN" originally means:"SACRED".
As WS, I am adding a photo of the Priory and of the Chapel.

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