Plougastel-Daoulas, remember the name!

Well here ,I am ,again, this town has magic. I have been in it several times including to celebrate my sons birthdays but now in rapid fire postings on it,  realise ,my last post on it dates from Nov 17, 2012!!! exactly the birthday of my twin boys lol!

Plougastel-Daoulas is full of tradition, and the only town in Brittany where stepping into a bistro you can hear Breton language been spoken!  The tourist office is here: http://www.brest-terres-oceanes.fr/office-de-tourisme/office-de-tourisme-de-brest-metropole-bureau-de-plougastel-daoulas

And the regional Brittany office on it here :http://www.tourismebretagne.com/decouvrir-les-destinations/brest-terres-oceanes/les-incontournables/de-la-presqu-ile-de-plougastel-daoulas-a-logonna-daoulas

The city of Plougastel on tourism here: http://www.mairie-plougastel.fr/tourisme/decouvrir/patrimoine/

And the region in English here: http://www.finisterebrittany.com/parish-closes-Brittany

You come in on the N165 expressway and take exit 33A to centre or city center/downtown. there is parking in there easy to find always around the Church/Calvary unless service is going on.

The first that you see is the Church of Saint Peter (église Saint Pierre) rising above the place de l’église, monumental front and great belltower. The Church was built in 1870 amazingly new for French timelines and was destroyed during the bombings of 1944. It was rebuilt as it is today in 1950.  The current Church was rebuilt in crossshaped, style  with a recessed Spire, a nave of five bays with aisles, a crossroads with lantern and wings at the centre of which is the choir, then another nave of three bays with aisles terminated by a right chevet. The Church of the 19Ct has retained a beautiful retable of the Rosary (dated 1654-1656) and topped by an altar the tomb of 16C (sse photo of Fallen Christ). The modern altar, made with marble of Mayenne dedicated in 1957.  There is a path of modern cross and the baptismal fonts from the 12C. The Church houses a statue of St. Peter and a Pietà. Nice.

Right behind it or to the side as you wish ;lies the Calvary or Closed Parish. This is a tremendous beautiful gorgeous magnificent calvary that is a must see even passing just for it is good. My best in the region simple yet detailing of such love and history of Christ. It was first built in 1602-1604 and restored in 1860. It was originally done to bear thanks for the eradication of the black death épidémies of the region; the original date is Under the statue of Christ.It has 171 statuettes giving life to the calvary. the frieze is decorated with a multitude of bas-reliefs depicting the life of Jesus Christ. There is the Nativity, the flight to Egypt, the Last Supper, and the washing of the feet. The great drama of the passion then unfolds in an army of actors among different groups of statuettes. One is the one depicting the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ in Jérusalem. It is old done in kersanton granite stone dominated by three large crosses in the center.  Destroyed during the period of the terror (French revolution), it was restored again after the liberation after been damaged during the siege of Brest(WWII).

Right in the place de l’église and to the side of the Church you see the fountain of the imagery or fontaine de l’imageur. This fountain is indeed rich in symbols, evocative of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela(St James/St Jacques).  But beyond the symbols, carved in granite and bronze for any other reasons, the story of this fountain tells Saint James in several ways rendering honor to those artists, painters and sculptors who builds these calvaries, retables etc.

And of course, as in all these trips , we need to eat. We came back to our favorite where we have held our twin boys birthdays and the folks are really friendly; even setting up a table for us in the middle of the square or place de l’église overlooking the wonderful Church Saint Peter/église St Pierre. Le Bistrot de Plougastel resto we had our mussels and fries and fish and chips with tall glasses of Royal Beer (pints) for 18€ per person. No direct webpage but a French site on reviews all good here: http://leclubdesbonsvivants.com/restaurant/Bretagne/Finistere/Plougastel-Daoulas/29215808/BISTROT-DE-PLOUGASTEL/carte-et-menus.0.html

For desserts we just walk around the Church to the Boulangerie/Pâtesserie/Salon de Thé Mulliner on 5 Rue de l’Église. Here we had several sweets and sodas, such as belle hélene, trois chocolates, etc all for 2€ each and serve on the table! Recognise as the best in Plougastel-Daoulas. info to find it here: https://www.yelp.fr/biz/milliner-guy-plougastel-daoulas

Enjoy your Sunday , I am heading out again ::) Cheers

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