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Locmariaquer

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Locmariaquer is a commune in the Morbihan department in Brittany in north-western France.It lies 8.5mi south of Auray by road.Coat of armsThis coat of arms was created 30 years ago by the local artist Jean-Baptiste Corlobé. The arms portray:upper portion of shield: a silver dolmen on a sinople fieldcentral band: ermine banner, recalling that Locmariaquer is at the heart of Brittany.lower band: and a gold sailboat on blue field All are surmounted by a baronial crown (Locmariaquer was part of the former barony of Kaër). It bears the Breton language motto: "Kaër e mem bro" which can be interpreted in two ways: "Kaër is my country" or "my country is beautiful" (the phrase originated with JM François Jacob in 1933).ToponymyFrom the Breton loc which means hermitage (cf.: Locminé), Maria and kaer which means nice or more likely from the Old Breton caer (Modern Breton, ker) which means fortified place,city.Geography and cultureThe municipality of Locmariaquer is located at the western tip of the Gulf of Morbihan in Brittany and has many beaches facing the Atlantic Ocean and the bay Quiberon.
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