A jewel of Morbihan: Hennebont!

And once again in my Morbihan cher et bien aimé , like to give you another visage or look of this wonderful town of Hennebont near me. I have written several posts on it before but not so much into history, I will remedy this now.

Hennebont of Morbihan in Brittany; only 10 km from Lorient and 45 km from Vannes, and 24 km from my town.  Hennebont is referred to as the “gateway to the Blavet” river valley because of its geographical location. To the south the river joins the ocean. Its waters at the mouth are thrown into the bay of Lorient mingling with those of the Scorff and the Atlantic. The coastline is located about 15 kms.

The name of the town is attested in the form Hanebont in 1114 , it is a Breton compound formed of the elements Hen-“old,” ancient Celtic from  Seno and bont mutated form of bridge.It was in fact at Hennebont that the first bridge was built to allow the crossing of the Blavet river  and this fact explains the development of the city. It is said Henbont in Breton. Born of the Blavet and its bridges, Hen Bont means indeed old bridge, according to the etymologists. From the time of the Iron Age, a Gaulish oppidum is installed on the site of Polvern, along the Blavet river.

History has mainly retained the siege of 1342, during the war of succession of the Duchy of Brittany which pitted the supporters of Charles of Blois and Jean de Monfort, the two contenders to the succession of Duke John III. Charles of Blois besieged the city’s ramparts. In the absence of her husband, Jean de Montfort, a prisoner of the French, Jeanne of Flanders victoriously organizes the resistance and takes refuge behind the walls of Hennebont. The stronghold, on the verge of surrender, was delivered in extrémis by the English fleet, which came to the rescue of the besieged after retraced the course of the Blavet river . During this siege, Jeanne de Flandre will gain her nickname of Jeanne La Flamme (flame)for her fearlessness in combat. During the wars of the League, in 1590, René Arradon, after welcoming the Spanish troops landed in Saint-Nazaire in from the city of Vannes, begins the siege of Hennebont with his company of  soldiers and three hundred Archers, aided by Spanish troops; Hennebont capitulates on December 22, 1590.

On 7 August 1944, a large part of the city center was destroyed by the bombardment of the Nazi troops entrenched in Lorient’s famous pocket by the  Allied troops.

Some of the nice things to see here are the Bro-Erec’h towers and the medieval enclosure (ramparts and enclosed city).The Church of Notre-Dame-de-Paradis, built in Gothic style from 1514 and finished in 1530. The Hennebont National Stud farm. The nice district of Saint-Caradec and the old town as well as the Abbey of  Notre-Dame-de-la-Joie.

Hennebont

Hennebont

Hennebont

Just to give you a hint to visit one of the most picturesques and historical towns of the Morbihan dept 56 of Brittany and France. I lived about 24 km or 12 miles from it!

You can browse my blog to find more on Hennebont , but for now leave you with some webpages to additionally help you plan your trip here. And remember if the woods cry out for me ok

City of Hennebont on heritage

Tourist office of the South of Brittany on Hennebont

Tourist office of Brittany on Hennebont

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

2 Comments to “A jewel of Morbihan: Hennebont!”

  1. So much of France was destroyed during WW2 that it is a wonder it still exists at all and how beautifully and faithfully so many cities have been rebuilt to mirror their former glory. Vive La France! 👍❤


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