|département: 61, Orne|
Bagnoles-de-l’Orne is situated at an elevation of 200 m in the département Orne in the région Normandie of northern France.
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. 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 place is the
Arthurian legend, since Bagnoles and its surroundings are supposed to be Lancelot’s country. The village’s calendar of cultural events includes a visit
of the most famous Arthurian sites.
[Text adapted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bagnoles_de_l'Orne]
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