Locronan, Small city of character
Wonderfully preserved, the granite city has preserved beautiful Renaissance houses and its magnificent 15th century church. Taking its name from Saint-Ronan, hermit founder of the city in the tenth century, Locronan reached its peak in the sixteenth century thanks to the industry of sailcloth that had the largest sponsors including the East India Company. But the end of sailing and the beginning of industrialization deeply affects the economy of Locronan. The decline began in the seventeenth is worse in the nineteenth. It is only towards the second half of the twentieth century that tourism revives the stone city. An ideal setting for film shoots, more than 20 films or shorts have taken place, including Roman Polanski’s “Tess” and Philippe de Broca’s “Les Chouans”.
Today, nestled against the side of the forest-drenched mountain, Locronan has kept from its splendor a beautiful place with its granite houses, built in the Renaissance, its old well, a large 15th century church and its pretty chapel. This unique architectural ensemble has enabled the city to obtain the labels of “Small City of Character” and “Most Beautiful Villages of France”.
Druidic high place 2500 years ago, the rite still continues in the form of the Great Troménie (every six years) and Petite Troménie performed each year between each Great Troménie and this year will take place on Sunday, July 9, 2017 . Hundreds of pilgrims will leave the relics of Saint Ronan for a 6km route around Locronan, in a great religious and popular fervor. A spectacle always unforgettable that these men and women in costume, these banners embroidered with silk and gold and these Breton songs that resound in the countryside Locronanaise, and which will delight the many pilgrims from all over Brittany.