Le Relec

At Le Relec, at the foot of the Monts d'Arree, south of Morlaix in Finistere, an abbey was founded in 1132 by Cistercian monks.

The abbey encouraged peasant families to establish themselves on abbey lands. The farmers were given a "masiere" - a house with a thatched roof - and a "journal de terre" - as much land as could be cultivated in a day, about half a hectare, in exchange for which they paid the abbey rent.

Of the abbey itself only the church remains, but you can see inside it the staircase that communicated with the monks' dormitory, allowing them to make their way quickly into the church for the night-time services.

The church is today used for concerts, and is the site of a mass pardon held every August 15th.

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