Le Faouët, Morbihan

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Le Faouët
Ar Faoued
Covered market
Covered market
Coat of arms of Le Faouët
Coat of arms
Le Faouët is located in France
Le Faouët
Le Faouët
Location within Brittany region
Le Faouët is located in Brittany
Le Faouët
Le Faouët
Coordinates: 48°02′02″N 3°29′25″W / 48.0339°N 3.4903°W / 48.0339; -3.4903Coordinates: 48°02′02″N 3°29′25″W / 48.0339°N 3.4903°W / 48.0339; -3.4903
Country France
Region Brittany
Department Morbihan
Arrondissement Pontivy
Canton Gourin
Intercommunality Pays du Roi Morvan
 • Mayor (2008—2014) André Le Corre
Area1 34.03 km2 (13.14 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 2,806
 • Density 82/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 56057 /56320
Elevation 53–202 m (174–663 ft)
(avg. 152 m or 499 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.

Le Faouët ([lə fawɛt]; Breton: Ar Faoued) is a commune in the Morbihan department of the region of Brittany in north-western France.

The Breton language name of the commune means Beech forest. The sixteenth century timber market halls are a noted feature of the town and two medieval chapels lies within the boundaries of the commune.


Le Faouët/Ar Faoued lies in the historical region of Cornouaille. Traditionally a Breton-speaking area, the French language became commonly used from the 1950s. The town lies in the valley of the river Ellé.



Le Faouët/Ar Faoued is the seat of the Canton du Faouët. The other communes making up the canton are Berné, Guiscriff, Lanvénégen, Meslan, and Priziac.


The population at recent censuses was:

  • 1962: 3,039
  • 1968: 3,048
  • 1975: 3,149
  • 1982: 3,177
  • 1990: 2,869
  • 1999: 2,806

Inhabitants of Le Faouët are called Faouëtais.

Breton language[edit]

In 2008, 14,24% of the children attended the bilingual schools in primary education.[1]

Tourist attractions[edit]

Chapel of Saint Barbara.

The sixteenth century halles, or covered market, remain in use and are a rare surviving example of a large timber structure from the period.

The chapel of Saint Barbara is sited on a hilltop overlooking the Ellé. The fifteenth century chapel of Saint Fiacre was recently restored. The polychrome timber interior was highly regarded, and earned its creator, Olivier Le Loergan, a title of nobility. The stained glass is also noteworthy. Parts of the interior have suffered considerable damage from insects.

View of Chapelle Sainte Barbe Le Fouët

See also[edit]


  1. ^ (in French) Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Enseignement bilingue

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