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Notre-Dame de Tronoën chapel dates from the early 15th century. It originally had a single nave but a north aisle was added shortly afterwards. It is entirely vaulted in stone, which is rare in Brittany. Its central bell tower with triple spire rests on a diaphragm arch.
The fame of this chapel is linked not only to its elegance and its careful architecture but also to its great calvary with figures, typical of Lower Brittany. The Tronoën Calvary is the oldest of the great Breton calvaries still standing. It is contemporary or slightly later than the construction of the chapel, perhaps contemporary with its enlargement.
This beautiful chapel is isolated in the vast dunes of the Bay of Audierne. Its beauty and location have led Breton people to nickname it the "cathedral of sands". This nickname parallels that of another chapel, St-Herbot chapel in central Brittany, nicknamed the "cathedral of the woods".
Notre-Dame de Tronoën chapel and its calvary are listed in the Monuments Historiques (Historical French Heritage) since 1894 (calvary) and 1907 (chapel).
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