Grand Pardon de Sainte-Anne d'Auray
The largest religious pilgrimage in the region.
The story of Sainte-Anne d'Auray began in the 17th century, with the apparitions of Saint Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary, to Yves Nicolazic, the village's pious ploughman. At the time, Sainte-Anne d'Auray was a hamlet called Ker Anna, the "village of Anne" in Breton. During an apparition, she asked him to rebuild the chapel dedicated to her in the 6th century. The news spread throughout Brittany and pilgrims set off for Sainte-Anne d'Auray, giving birth to the largest pilgrimage in the region. In the 19th century, the crowds were so large that the chapel became too small. To remedy this, the basilica was built between 1865 and 1872 by the architect Deperthes.
Since then, every 26 July, the village has welcomed thousands of pilgrims for the Great Forgiveness: a unifying moment for all Christians and all Bretons, of which Sainte-Anne is the patron saint.
Rue de Vannes
56400 STE ANNE D'AURAY
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