My Travels in the Morbihan , part XII

Today was and is a rainy day ,nothing new in my Bretagne.  Its a Holiday for jour de la Victoire in WWII in the European theater. I have a pont or bridge off from work tomorrow too! So a nice four day weekend with the family. However, Sunday is off to Barcelona on business conference back Tuesday night.

So took advantage of the time I have to wandered my way to my country of the Morbihan dept 56, if you are late in reading my posts, here is the département 56 Morbihan tourist site;

We left late by 11h after a nice sleep and big breakfast in our salle de séjour or living room of 32 M2.(335 ft2). We then took off on the D16 towards Locminé to hook up with the N24 to Guillac on the D129 to Quily, and then to Le Roc Saint-André, and then to la Chapelle Caro before coming home. A nice ride for a relaxing there where most was closed for the Holiday.

The town of Guillac is very old and some foundations are there even before the Romans time. It is part of the Gallo language even if Breton had been spoken there then. It was part of the war of Succession of Bretagne, and battle was held here in 1351. A big economic boom when the river Oust was canalise into the Canal Nantes-Brest. The Church of Saint Bertin is an integral part of the history,  built in the first half of the 16C, the parish church was placed under the patronage of Saint Bertin. built in medium and small  style, it consisted originally of a single nave and a side chapel to the North with ogival flamboyant mullioned windows. There was placed the high altar from the community of Saint Jean des Prés Génovéfains (currently, altar of the Sacred Heart in the side south chapel). A single steeple was placed in the middle of the nave. The Church was then gradually expanded to acquire the current form; 1751: construction of a sacristy behind the north side chapel; 1849-1850: construction of the couch at the bottom of the nave;  1860-1861: construction of the choir and the South side chapel;  1879: construction of a second sacristy to the South of the chancel.  During the construction of the choir, the great canopy, formed of 16 panels representing the Ste Famille St Bertin and the 12 Apostles, was completely redone. In the North Chapel, stained glass (1888) represents St Sosthène and Ste Hermine, and, at the top of the nave (1873), right side represents St Louis and St Yves. All the other stained glass windows date from 1999. They are the work of the workshop the Nézet of Le Bono and symbolize the evangelization of all the men of all nations.  Above the altar of la Ste Vierge (North side chapel), the table of “gift of the Rosary” is an oil on canvas dating from the 17C.  There is a nice monument aux morts or monument to the fallen of WWI dating from 1924. The town mayor’s side,

We continue on to Quily on the road D174 , pure country and wonderful ride; big town of 342 inhabitants, where the main item is the Church of Saint Nicodéme. The Church was originally built as the Church of Notre Dame des Neiges (our lady of snow) but since 1802 it is that of Saint Nicodéme. Done in Latin Cross style. As I said very small country town no mayor’s office just an outpost 1, rue de l’Église, 56800 Quily.

We went on with our ride to the town of Le Roc Saint-André. This is right passing of the great expanse of the river Oust and a nice section of the Canal Nantes-Brest on a wonderful Pont or bridge with great views.  In the 18C , the Duke of  d’Aiguillon, commander in chief of the region starts the renovation of the routes of Brittany. Around 1760, he decides to replace the wooden bridge over the irver Oust at the level of the castle of  Crévy, with a beautiful stone bridge of 13 arches next to the old. The pont or bridge is renovated in the 19C to allow the navigation of the Canal de Nantes à Brest.  You ,also, will find a nice Church of Saint André, done in 1901-1903. This church, built under the leadership of Abbot Pirio and following the plans of architect Arthur Regnault, replaces a former treviale of the 16C Church, shaved in 1901, due to aging. The altarpiece is the work of André Le Dréan. The Chair and the high altar are the work of Treguoet and Plédran. The paintings of Saint-Benoît and Saint Romuald, painted by Lhermitais and dated 1738, come from monastery of camaldolese of Roga de Saint Gognard.

We had a drink at the bar Tabac La Chaumiére right in town, at 6 rue Nationale, that also, serves galettes/crêpes as a créperie. Open midday Tuesdays to Sundays and the evenings on Fridays to Sundays. There is a grocery store next door too Halles Dis!

And we went into the outskirst of town to see the Le Manoir de la Touche  Carné, the Manoir reflects well what life was segneuriale around 1450. It is built by  the House of Carné, then moves into the hands of the family of Rogiers in 1638, and then in the 19C to that of the  Du Breuil De Pontbriand. On the ground floor of the main building is a large room for the exercise of the right of high justice. a function that recalls the name of a nearby field said the “Moor of justice”. Upstairs, reserved for privacy, is divided into two parts with each home. The high rooms in the attic, disappeared in the 17C.  The house or manoir is done as a square with stair polygonal tower polygonal  plan towards the northeast corner on the front facade; It was amputated a wing in return; another wing including pantry and upstairs bedroom is adjacent to the West. A second main building, attached to the left is an add-on of the end of the 15C or the beginning of the 16C. The Court is closed to the North by a farm built in the 15C a barn of the 19C. There is a nice old Breton oven right outside.  You can have a guided visit with appointment at tel +33 (0) 2 97 74 73 13 (M. Lefèvre), it is free. The town mayor’s office is here,

We continue on the road D766A towards La Chapelle-Caro, it takes its name from the family of the Chapelle. This is a break-up of the original parish of PloërmelShe was nicknamed the lower-Chapel or La Chapelle-sous-Ploërmel’After having belonged to the great Lordship of Porhoët, La Chapelle-Caro enters the ducal domain in 1168. La Chapelle Caro is elevated to Viscount in 1576, into  County in the 17C, and held the lordship of Crévy in 1630The fief of La Chapelle, parish of La Chapelle-sous-Ploërmel, was held chronologically  as the Lord, by the  La Chapelle, and  Rosmadec, by marriage, February 19, 1505, at the Château de Blois, Jean III de Rosmadec and Jeanne de La Chapelleas a County, by the  Rosmadec, erection, in 1576This parish took the name of “La Chapelle Caro” in the 20C  due to its proximity with Caro. Teh mayor’s office site is here

However, as much as the name the interesting thing to see here is the Church of Notre Dame, built in 1868 to replace a former treviale Church and parish from the 17C, reworked in 1711. The present Church is in the shape of a Latin cross. A square Tower is located at the bottom of the nave. The stained glass windows are post1870. The Church houses a statue of saint Fiacre (16tC). A beautiful 16C (1500-1550) processional cross, silver plated on soul of wood, is kept in the sacristy; The façade of the Church was restored in the year 2007 as well as stained glass Windows.

In addition to the tourist office given at the start, this region has agglomeration of small towns with tourist information as well; you can ask for information on any of the towns above here

Enjoy the ride, into my country of Brittany. And may you enjoy a wonderful weekend as well. Cheers!

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