The South Morbihan:Noyal Muzillac, Muzillac ,and Ambon.

Today was a cloudy sunless rainy day but we the road warriors set out to see some areas that seldom do or just passing in the south of our department of the Morbihan Breton or No 56. It is ,also, a special day for the adults as me and my wife celebrates today 27 years of marriage !!! It has been fun ::)

These are not going to show on the tourist main page, or even secondary; these are inland Bretons lands, the very best way to see and get to know the country. We love to travel here.

As usual we set out from our home on the D768 road and pass by a quaint campint car area with a camping site, we had friends stayed here when they came by the barrels (too many) and they found it right. This is the Camping la Clé de Prés just outside our town limits. For those coming by camping is simple basic stop on the way to the famous beaches south of us.

We then took the N165 direction Nantes and continue until exit/sortie Muzillac no 20. A good site to find out the exits and what they have on them in the whole of the Nationale 165 is here:

And we arrived first at Noyal Muzillac, parked by the Church. This town saw the birth of Julien Daniélo ,the secretary of Chateaubriand. It has a Maison du Patrimoine or house of heritage from 1602 ,and today serve souvenirs and ice cream etc to all in season, winter is closed. The Chapelle de Bengué dating from the 17C ,the sacristy is from 1798, destroyed during the French revolution it was rebuilt in 1817. There is a fountain St Martin done in 1839 , and across the street a laundry or lavoirs from about the same period. The house at 6 rue de la Poste with stone blazon’s of noble houses from the 16-17C. The town has several houses some dating back to 1532 in renaissance style showing the wealth of the town from times afar. The town is name “Communes du Patrimoine Rural de Bretagne”  or towns of rural heritage of Brittany preserving the essential traditions of this region.


The main point here at least for me is the Church of Saint Martin,done and or renovated from the 11C to the 20C. Several of its stones are from Romanesque and Gothic periods. Several polychrome statues of Saints, 3 portraits from the 17C in the choir and nerf as well as one done in 1819 in the south Chapel. The most impressive a Nativity scene covering the entire town that lit ups on a touch of a button, really nicely done and a pleasure to see.I am sure it was just for the season to be merrier…(see post)

A more detail look at this town is on the area tourist office of Damgan-La Roche Bernard on Noyal-Muzillac in French :

And the city page of Noyal Muzillac on its heritage here:

We finally visit this town lol!!! To get here we needed to past by one we have already visit, plainly Muzillac. . From the same tourist office above and from the city page of Muzillac in French info here:

Famous town because in June 1815 a battle of Pen Mur the local farmers or Chouans fought the Imperial army and beat them with the help of 400 high schools students from Vannes. The two main things to see here are the Old Convent of the Ursulines done in 1678; later under the French revolution in 1792 to get them out of their convent and send them to Vannes. The convent was sold as national property (confiscated); in 1982 they were purchased by the city and made a cultural center that opened in 1990. And the Church Sainte Thérése done after fire took away the older one in 1934 in a Latin Cross style, and neo roman architecture. It has crosses, portraits and calices from the 17C onward, and a nice Nativity scene in the right front corner.


Further from the parish bishop place translate into English at best as such: After a fire in 1929 that destroyed the bell tower of the old Romanesque Church of Bourg-Pol, a new one was built in 1934 closer to city center. It was dedicated to Ste Teresa de Lisieux even if the parish keeps St Pol de Léon as patron Saint. We can see inside a statue of the Virgin in exotic wood, and another of St Joseph (in oak wood). The one on St Joseph is an auto portrait of the sculptor. The stained glass windows represent the life and spirituality of Ste Teresa. The Church is inspired in the Romanesque architecture of the old one and in art deco of the year 1925. In French here:

We saw the weather turns worse but we continue our cruising along the waters of the Gulf of Morbihan into the town of Ambon, here we saw a nice picturesque Crêperie restaurant typical of the Bretons and decided to stop in for late lunch. Briefly ,the town has of course a Church Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte is the name. Here the basement is from the 9C! most is built in the 12C with some 15C and 17C renovations. After some excavations done it was found a choir and a transept were updates of a Roman temple of the 3C, a paleochretian sanctuary of the 6C showing a façade and a Roman nerf, sculpture chapters and altar from the 17C. The Church as enlarged with the addition of a sacristy from 1636-1649.(see post)

The tourist info is on the Morbihan dept 56 on the Church:

The city of Ambon on its history in French is here:

And now the créperie Le Fournil, so much good things here you are bound never to make a mistake. They are feature in the dept tourist office and their site is under construction but believe me they are alive and kicking and very very good local stuff. Their official site is here :




We were warmly welcome and sitted right away. We had front window seating facing the Church. We started with 100 Cl of Cider Brut Nicol from nearby Surzur, this is more than a bottle (75)::) We then ordered our galettes. I had a duo of bacon and Emmental cheese; others had complete bacon with soft eggs, super complete, montagnarde, twice. Then we had desserts, and I had the coupe antillaise with rum raisins ice cream and caramel sauce. WE left as it is for 17.20€ per person. Delicious and a nice find, we will be back.

We reach home again by the N165 but in addition to rain, we saw a big traffic jam ahead and went around the N166 by way of the D135, N779 to D16 and home safe and sound and rested.

Now more time to celebrate at home the 27 ::) !!!

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2 Comments to “The South Morbihan:Noyal Muzillac, Muzillac ,and Ambon.”

  1. It sounds like you had a lovely wedding anniversary and the crêpes look delicious. Congratulations on your 27 years of marriage: quite an achievement these days!

    We are finally in Portiragnes on the Med to celebrate the New Year with Peter’s Mum and Dad.

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