Monday, 31 August 2015

I'le Vierge

Île Vierge is a 6-hectare (15-acre) islet lying 1.5 kilometres off the north-west coast of Brittany, opposite the village of Lilia. It is in the commune of Plouguerneau, in the département of Finistère. It is the location of the tallest stone lighthouse in Europe, and the tallest "traditional lighthouse" in the world.The International Hydrographic Organization specifies Île Vierge as marking the south-western limit of the English Channel.
About 1450, the Conventual Franciscans established an abbey on the island. The name "Île Vierge" probably comes from a chapel dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. In 1507, the monks moved to Aber Wrac'h on the mainland. In 1844, the French state purchased the island  from sieur Goyon de Coëpel for 6,000 francs.
Thanks to Mary from France via postcardunited for this 
lovely aerial view!
Sent: 20 August 2015   Received: 27 August 2015   Travelled: 7 days

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