La Vraie-Croix

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La Vraie-Croix
Langroez
La Vraie-Croix is located in France
La Vraie-Croix
La Vraie-Croix
Coordinates: 47°41′26″N 2°32′30″W / 47.6906°N 2.5417°W / 47.6906; -2.5417Coordinates: 47°41′26″N 2°32′30″W / 47.6906°N 2.5417°W / 47.6906; -2.5417
Country France
Region Brittany
Department Morbihan
Arrondissement Vannes
Canton Elven
Intercommunality Pays de Questembert
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Monique Danion
Area1 16.63 km2 (6.42 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 1,263
 • Density 76/km2 (200/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 56261 / 56250
Elevation 60–151 m (197–495 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

La Vraie-Croix (Breton: Langroez) is a commune in the Morbihan department in Brittany in north-western France. Its inhabitants are called Langroëziens after the Breton name for the commune.

Geography[edit]

Located in the countryside at the edge of the Lanvaux heathland, La Vraie-Croix is a hilly area with many footpaths which offer attractive views.

History[edit]

The name La Vraie-Croix (English: The True Cross) comes from a knight of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem who, returning from a crusade, carried with a fragment of the True Cross. He stopped in the town during this journey. He returned the next day and saw that the fragment had disappeared. The piece was subsequently found in a crow's nest on top of a hawthorn bush.

The townspeople removed it, but the next day the fragment was back in the crow's nest. They saw it was a sign, and the people decided to build a chapel at the site of the tree to house the relic.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population of La Vraie-Croix
(Source: INSEE[1])
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 2006
Population 630 666 723 835 1263
From the year 1968 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

Sites and monuments[edit]

The small village church to this day houses a reliquary which contains a piece of the True Cross.

Green spaces[edit]

La Vraie-Croix is renowned for its floral decoration which is organised by the people of the village and which has won numerous awards. Indeed, this county has received a national award several times, as well as a European first prize. For many years the village has achieved a rating of four flowers (the maximum possible) and the grand prize in the Concours des villes et villages fleuris (Cities and villages in bloom competition).[2]

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