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February 19, 2019

Calvary at Plougastel-Daoulas!

So let’s continue our journey in the Finistére dept 29 of my beloved Brittany. And of course, why not sticking to the same town of Plougastel-Daoulas. I like to repeat the introduction to the town from previous post here

Plougastel-Daoulas is in the dept 29 of Finistère in Brittany/Bretagne. It is a town in the Brest harbor, located on a peninsula in the southeast of the city, which is separated by the mouth of the Élorn. The town is part of the former bishopric of Cornouaille. Plougastel-Daoulas remained very isolated, the Élorn being an obstacle to its relations with the Bishopric of Leon and especially with Brest. Before the construction of the Albert-Louppe Bridge in 1930, only one ferry allowed to cross the estuary starting from the place called the Passage to lead to a place of the same name located on the current town of Relecq-Kerhuon. The WWI painfully strikes Plougastel, which accounts for 212 deaths during this conflict. In  1944, a parachute unit of the 3rd Parachute Fighter Regiment, was parachuted into the Plougastel-Daoulas area as part of Operation Derry to open the way to the 8th US Army Corps, commanded by General Troy Middleton, responsible for taking Brest, to support the local resistance and to avoid the destruction of the Plougastel bridge. The Task force  “B ” continued its advance and showing a very high attack power clearing the Plougastel Peninsula on August 30, 1944.

The must to see here is the Calvary one of the seven jewels calvaries of Brittany. It is magnificent,and along worth the detour to this nice town of Plougastel-Daoulas.

Plougastel Daoulas

The calvary of Plougastel-Daoulas dates from 1602-1604 and its about 10 meters high. On a yellow granite base of Logonna-Daoulas, about 182 statues carved in blue Kersanton stone, the larger ones measure one meter and weigh from 100 to 200 kg. They illustrate, in 28 paintings, biblical scenes of the life of Christ or legendary scenes such as Katel Kollet. It is one of the seven great Calvaries of Brittany. The octagon that forms the core of the basement is 1.70 meters apart.  A 14-step staircase near the northwestern foothills provides access to the central platform where the preacher was once installed. It was erected as a result of the plague epidemic of 1598. This is a religious ensemble which is unique of Brittany. This one is one of the best around. The stairs on the northwest side allowing to go inside where the predicator is illuminated.

Plougastel Daoulas

Plougastel Daoulas

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. The original date is under the statue of 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 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 in WWII.

Plougastel Daoulas

Plougastel Daoulas

Again some webpages to help you plan your trip here and it is a must are

Official 7 calvaries of Brittany on Plougastel

Tourist office of Brest on the Calvary of Plougastel

Tourist office of Brittany on heritage of Plougastel

Tourist office of Finistére dept 29 on calvary of Plougastel

There you go, this one is a must to visit I said… on a wonderful city of the Finistére dept 29 Plougastel-Daoulas.

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

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