The massive tower of Saint Ronan Church rises above the village of Locronan and its 800 inhabitants in the French region of Brittany. In the 15th century, the sleepy village developed into a prosperous sail-making centre until the arrival of successful competition and lower prices.
The village owes its popularity to the old architecture and dark grey granite buildings that lie at the historic heart of Locronan. The sudden loss of prosperity meant that there was insufficient money either to maintain the buildings or to construct new ones. Thus a walk through the picturesque village is like a fascinating journey back to the time of the French Renaissance.
Famous film directors, such as Roman Polanski, have used the villageís unique scenery as a backdrop to their movies. With all the evocative ambience of this wonderful place and far away from the noise of motor vehicles, itís like being in another world.
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