This commune is famous for its hydrotherapic baths, which are known for their healing powers for rheumatic, gynaecologic and circulatory problems. The origins of thermal activity are said to date back to the Middle Ages.
Local legend tells of the medieval lord Seigneur Hugues de Tessé. As he felt he was reaching the end of his life he decided to abandon his once-glorious horse "Rapide" in the Andaines forest. He was amazed when the animal returned home some time later, strong and totally revitalized.
Without resentment, "Rapide" took its master along the waters of Bagnoles where he drank and also got rejuvenated. The spa was born.
According to another tale, a very old Franciscan monk who took the waters in Bagnoles found a new astonishing vigour and leapt across the highest rocks above the town, which are still called "Le Saut du Capucin" (Monk's Leap Rock).
Another facet of this fascinating place is the Arthurian legend, since Bagnoles and its surroundings are supposed to be Lancelot's country.
What a fabulous shot Ray. Fantastic colours and great info!
Greetings from Canada, Gabe
Lovely townscene RAY,so clean and colorful; did you try the spa?!
Hi Feika. unfortunately we didn’t have time, we must go back another day.
The spa water certainly rejuvenated the horse "Rapide"
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Photo taken in Bagnoles-de-l'Orne, France
La Potinière du lac
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