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Langon in the Ille-et-Vilaine department (not to be confused with Langon in Gironde) is a small town with a couple of important historic monuments. It has a group of megaliths from Neolithic times and a small chapel dating back to Roman times.

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France This Way review: Langon is not really a tourist destination however if you are nearby it has a couple of monuments worth exploring.

The 'Demoiselles de Langon' or 'Damsels of Langon' is the name given to an arrangements of megaliths near to Langon. The megaliths are each about one meter high and there are 20 of them altogether.

In this general area there are quite a number of megaliths dating back to Neolithic times.

Roman fresco in the chapel of Langon

Moving on to the Roman era there are the remains of a Roman road in the town and the lovely chapel of Sainte Agathe to see. The chapel began life as a Gallo Roman spa and in the 6th century was converted into a chapel dedicated to Saint Venier.

The chapel is very lovely from the outside but if you are lucky enough to visit when it is open inside you can see a Roman fresco of Venus in the water surrounded by lots of fish. The fresco dates back to the 3rd century.

 
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The much bigger church of Saint Pierre in Langon, just across the road from the chapel, has a very unusual steeple with a kind of outcrop of mini-steeples around its base. It is a listed historic monument (as are the megaliths and the chapel).

The church contains five items which are also listed: a 17th century chalice, the altarpiece, a high altar and a painting from the 14th century and the baptismal font.

The Vilaine river is at the edge of town and the viaduct over the river is considered to be one of the most attractive in France. The countryside and the river in the area are pretty and there are various walks in the neighbourhood allowing you to appreciate them more fully.

Sainte Agathe chapel, Langon

Places to visit nearby

Redon is an attractive town on the popular Nantes-Brest canal with plenty of attractive buildings to admire not far from Langon: Redon is one of Brittany's "cité de caractère" which I have found to be a good guide as to whether a place should be a priority for visiting.

You can find more travel ideas in the Ille-et-Vilaine guide and the Brittany guide.

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Address: Langon, Redon, Brittany, 35660, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 47.7203, longitude -1.8467

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Grand-Fougeray: village d'etape (9 km)
  • Île-aux-Pies: site of natural beauty (21 km)
  • La Gacilly: ville fleurie 4* (22 km)
  • Marais de Vilaine: site of natural beauty (27 km)
  • Vallée du Canut: site of natural beauty (29 km)
  • Jardins de Broceliande: remarkable garden (37 km)
  • Rochefort-en-Terre: ville fleurie 4* (37 km)
  • Chartres-de-Bretagne: ville fleurie 4* (37 km)
  • Forges de Paimpont: site of natural beauty (37 km)
  • Forêt de Paimpont: site of natural beauty (41 km)
  • Le Rheu: ville fleurie 4* (42 km)
  • Parc zoologique du château de Branféré: zoo or wildlife park (43 km)

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