Eglise de Lorient, is the site of St Barths' first French settlement. Lorient has a 19th C Catholic church plus a post office, shopping and two flower-strewn cemeteries. Inside the Eglise de Lorient, a church built of local stone cut to size by women, conch shells serve as holy water basins. On November 1st and 2nd, locals observe All Soul's and All Saint's Day, two traditional Catholic holidays. On those days the local parish priest leads candlelight processions in prayer at the graveyard. Lorient's stretch of beach is popular with locals.