Landévennec Abbey

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Ruins of the mediaeval Landévennec Abbey

Landévennec Abbey (French: Abbaye de Landévennec, Abbaye Saint-Guénolé de Landévennec) is a Benedictine monastery at Landévennec in Brittany, in the department of Finistère, France. The present monastery is a modern foundation at the site of an early mediaeval monastery, of which only ruins survive.

First foundation[edit]

The abbey is traditionally held to have been founded in the late fifth century by Saint Winwaloe (French: Guénolé). It became a Benedictine house in the eighth century. It was attacked and burned by Vikings in 913 and was subsequently rebuilt in stone.[1]

The abbey was suppressed in 1793 during the French Revolution and the goods and premises were sold off.

Second foundation[edit]

In 1950[2] the site was bought by the Benedictine community of Kerbénéat,[3][4] who built new premises. The community formed part of the Subiaco Congregation, since 2013 the Subiaco Cassinese Congregation.

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Landévennec
  2. ^ Renouard, Michel, Bretagne, Éditions Ouest France, 2007, p. 49
  3. ^ Companions of St.Guénolé
  4. ^ Paul Burns, Butler's Lives of the Saints, March (2000), p. 24.

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Coordinates: 48°17′25″N 4°16′0″W / 48.29028°N 4.26667°W / 48.29028; -4.26667