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April 13, 2019

St Armel and Tascon island!!!

So on a nice sunny cool Saturday I am what else telling you about my beautiful Morbihan breton dept 56 in lovely Brittany. Well, we think we have seen a lot but really even for this old savvy travelers and living in several countries there are still wonders to be discovered.

Sometimes, there as easy as in your own backyard, we have so much here in my belle France ,that sometimes we do not have time to see it all even around us. This is the case of the post today. I have come many times to the Rhuys peninsula or Presqu’île de Rhuys and past by on the D780 road always, never mind going there. Then, talking with collegues at work on what to do on weekends , decided to take a look at the map and found there is another island you can go to in low tide from the mainland and it is off the D780! The town of Saint Armel wow so many times by it and now finally discovered the nice Tascon island or ïle de Tascon!! So why not some pics and a story for my blog to share with my readers, enjoy it.

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Gulf of Morbihan, St Armel is on your right side middle page and I live up from Auray.

Let me start you off with the main town of St Armel.  The mainland town of Saint Armel, is the name of the founder of the town’s Church. The name of the territory of Saint-Armel is first Prozat or Prorozat. From 1247, it depends on the Abbey of Saint Gildas of Rhuys. At the French revolution, Prorozat is a simple brotherhood or Chapel of Sarzeau ( a bigger town down the presqu’île de Rhuys peninsula) . Formerly of Sarzeau, Saint-Armel was erected as a parish in 1849 and town in 1858-1859. The territory of Saint-Armel encompasses Bailleron island and Tascon island.

The Church of Saint-Armel   destroyed in 1855 , its immediately rebuilt until 1859. The Church is a banal form that has replaced the old Brotherhood Chapel. The square and pseudo-Romanesque Tower has three floors and a Bell Tower surrounded by a guard. The Church houses a statue of the Virgin and the Child, in cardboard molded pulp, dated from the beginning of the 19C.

 

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Then you go to a parking area and a narrow road today covered with water, I knew it as coming in saw the water tide up but went in anyway to see it first time; we will be back! Tascon is an island in the Gulf of Morbihan located in the town of Saint-Armel in the Morbihan dept 56 of Brittany. The island of Tascon or ïle de Tascon is generally rectangular in shape; its longest diagonal stretch does not exceed 1.5 km, and with 55 hectares, it is the third island of the Gulf by its surface.

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One of the famous in Brittany was born here Marie le Franc which while study here went to Montreal Canada to teach French as well as newspaper reporter from 1906 to 1929. She later made several trips between France and Canada from 1929 to 1958 , where she start to published novels such as Grand Louis l’Innocent ,won prize Fémina 1927; Du pays Canadien , chosen by the Académie Française (French Academy)! ; Enfance Marine, that traces her life in the Rhuys peninsula here. A lake in the Laurents (near Montreal) of Canada bears here name since 1934. She received the order of the Legion of Honor of France and knight and then Officer of the legion in 1953 . From 1957 she lived in Sarzeau or at the retirement home of the Legion of Honor in Saint Germain en Laye (Yvelines dept 78), where she passed away in 1964. Buried at the cemetary of Sarzeau in 1965 , her tomb is near the memorial to the Canadians soldiers perished in the Rhuys Peninsula during WWII.

Ïle de Tascon is connected to the mainland by the rade of Tascon which is located on the coast of the town of Saint Armel. This submersible road connects the island of Tascon to the mainland parts of the town. The passage is only possible at low tide, about five hours per tidal cycle, for automobiles and pedestrians. The passage road is approximately 400 meters long, and the pavement is rudimentary and is pierced by three large pipes to allow the upstream basin to empty sea side and vice versa.

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At the junction of the main rade and the southern tip of the island, a second, more modest about 200 meters road  ,and sand-struck, is joined to the Enézy islet. Ïle de Tascon has the particularity of being one of the last cultivated islands of the Gulf. The farm of Tascon Island, 18C. The barn is dated 1784. The presence of the Alaneaux family is reported in the village of Tascon in 1427; today about 3 persons lived there in winter a bit more in summer.

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The east cove of Tascon island is home to the second largest eelgrass herbarium in the Gulf of Morbihan, representing an area of approximately 130 hectares. The Tascon cove is numerically the second site of bird reception in the Gulf. Associated with Sarzeau Bay, these two sites accounts for an average of more than 40% of the winter population counted in the Gulf, for only 4% of its area.

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On the other side of the Salt Marsh Road the seawater which enters through airlocks and stretches is particularly salty and leaves on the edges its snow. At low tide the sea is far, hardly if seen.

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However, on the way back we were hungry lol! and again another gem found. We passed by the inner road of the expressway N165 to avoid the visitors traffic and saw this restaurant several times, never stopping by as it on the run of the course to do things here. This time as nothing found in secluded Tascon island, and not much to eat in St Armel city center (only two bars!) looking to come into Vannes, well we saw Theix’as Bar and finally stop in to a nice surprise. Fixed menu at 12,80€ all you can eat buffet entrée, main dish (mine was fish), dessert (mine créme brulée) , wash down with a nice cold Leffe blonde Belgian beer, nice price , good food, great friendly family service, will be back. Now webpage just an address: Le Theix’as Bar , Zone Artisanale Atlantheix , 56450 Theix-Noyalo. Tel +33 (0) 2 97 47 40 72.

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This is lovely country and plenty of free parking and picnic tables too, camping cars are allowed on the parking. Some webpages to help you discover this spot are to follow!

City of St Armel on heritage

Tourist office of the Gulf of Morbihan on St Armel and Tascon island

Tourist office of Morbihan dept 56 on the salt marshes of Rhuys in French

Tourist office of Morbihan dept 56 on the Rhuys peninsula in English

TOurist office of Brittany on St Armel and salt marshes

Nice video on île de Tascon from youtube!

There you go another gem in my world and so close to me, will definitively check it out again in low tide to cross to the island of Tascon! This is lovely Morbihan dept 56 is heavens ,no wonder more families come here! Enjoy it

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

 

 

April 13, 2019

Church of St Mathieu at Quimper!

And why not staying in lovely Quimper to show another nice Church in a very nice quant neighborhood of Saint Mathieu. We always park nearby and walk into the city center here. I have written briefly before, but feel deserve a post of its own, worth the detour to see the Church of Saint Mathieu in Quimper, dept 29 of Finistére in my lovely region of Brittany.

I would tell you about the Church of Saint Mathieu , right in the quartier or neighborhood of same name. It is a historical Church as was the center of opposition by the Priests/bishops to the French revolution idea of swearing the Constitution when they were only to swear to God. The differences for most of them were settle in the Concordat of 1802 in France.

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It is reason to believe that the first church erected in Quimper, under the word of Saint-Mathieu (apostle of Ethiopia martyred there and his body is now at the Church of Salerno, Italy), was at the time when, following a respectable tradition the new Churches were named after Saints.. The new Church, it was saved the portal and the steeple of 1844. The current steeple is 52 meters above the pavement of the street: it is 10 meters more than the old; And the total length of the church, outside, is 54 meters, 47,5 meters inside. Its interior width is 20 meters, and its height, under the ceilings is about 15 meters. The arms of the transept have, each, only 2 meters deep. The new Church Saint Mathieu as we see today was completed in December 13 ,1896.

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The two new canopies of the apse and the old restored. The canopy of the left represents scenes of the life of our Lord before his passion, that of the middle, the passion, and that of the right, scenes of his life after his resurrection, together with the stained glass of Saint-Charles, stained glass of Sainte-Elisabeth , stained glass of Saint-Georges, stained glass of St. Martin.

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The parish of Saint-Mathieu was abolished by the new French revolution Constitution, which brought together all the parishes of the Episcopal city under the Government of the bishop, administering with the help of Episcopal Vicars. The old bishop before the French revolution fought hard to keep it without constitutional constraints and wrote many articles again the revolution.  Eventually most of them fleed to England until 1796. Afterward,  Msgr François-Guillaume Coroller  returned to Quimper, and died rector of Saint-Mathieu in 1807.

More on it here in French a site on religious buildings in France  ,not much on it in the city or tourist office probably due to the meaning of counter revolution it has. The webpage on Religious heritage of France: Religious Heritage of France on the Church

Some webpages to help you plan your trip to Quimper, and it is a must to see are

Tourist office of Finistere dept 29 on Quimper

Tourist office of Brittany on Quimper

There you go another nice monument right at the beginning of a very old quant neighborhood of St Mathieu that takes you walking all the way to the Cathedral (see previous post). The area is full of nice shops and restos good for a detour as well.

Enjoy the Church of Saint Mathieu in lovely Quimper. Hope you enjoy it as we did

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

April 13, 2019

Cathedral St Corentin at Quimper!

And why not tell you about a jewel of a monument in beautiful celtic Quimper. We love to come here and it is always grand; however, I have not tell you enough about the Cathedral Saint Corentin of Quimper and this post will hopefully remedy that missing information. This is a must to visit.

The Cathedral Saint Corentin is another matter, much revered by all and on everybodies webpage. It is a masterpiece so much impossible for me to concentrate on every detail but I give you some here and you are welcome to come ::)

On the site of previous buildings of the 9C and 11C, its construction was decided in 1239 by Bishop Radwan, the ducal chancellor of Pierre de Dreux, who came from Ile de France. It is the time of the radiant Gothic, where Chartres, Reims or Amiens are built. It is necessary to wait for the advent of the Duke Jean V so that at the beginning of the 15C ends the first part of the work, the choir which is covered with a cross vault of warheads and colored with painted ribs and stained glass with silver yellow. In the second quarter of the 15C only are undertaken, from the West End, first the towers and the porch, then the nave. After 1460 this is grafted onto the choir via the transept, which is surmounted by a 16 meters central steeple. At the end of the century, the builders covered it with a stone vault, coated with ochre and traced to the imitation of a brick assemblage; They chiseled the window mullions and, in the time of Queen Anne of Brittany, filled them with stained-glass windows.

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The French revolution and the terror of 1793 put an end to it, transforming the Cathedral into factory stalls hanging on the sides of the cathedral liquors flows and, inside, making a clear place to the cult of reason, by a great burning of furniture, reliquary and statues of polychrome wood are consumed. With the Concordat (the accord between the Church and the Republic) , the church heals its wounds and restores its Cathedral.

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Entrance is done through the West portal with its covings populated with angels, the bearer of a statue of Christ; We must go through the one who said, “I am the Door”.  You will see an infusion of stained glass windows all gorgeous amongst them the stained glass windows of the high nave north and south ,and then those of the transept arms to the north and south as well ; these are works from the 16C , representing on the knees of the Lords and Ladies of Cornouaille and standing on their side their patron saints, the Virgin, St. Anne, John the Baptist, the Apostles, Peter, Paul, John, James, Andrews to the Saints and holy ones particularly honoured in the 15C, the Archangel Michael, Catherine, Marguerite, Francis of Assisi, Christophe and some Breton Saints , especially Corentin, etc.

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Around the crucifixion of the Christ, the stained glass of the choir is reserved for the personalities concerned by the completion of this construction: the ducal family of John V. Then, Bishop Bertrand de Rosmadec and the canon of Quenquis , and their holy presenters and the eminent families, such as those of the Lords of Juch, then captains of Quimper. These works are from the 15C, with the gothic dominated by grey and yellow silver, are past almost a century to those of the nave, at least those which have not been restored.

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The altar, in the center where the eyes converge, brings together the prayers of the faithful. He recalls both by his table the Supper of the Holy Thursday and by the glorious cross associated with the death of Good Friday and the resurrection of the tomb. It is for the church Christ himself and the cult that surrounds this altar goes to his person. In front of the sanctuary, the ancient pulpit to preach, of polychrome and gilded wood, is a baroque work of 1679, , who evokes in his medallions the life of Saint Corentin. The former master altar under a canopy at Seraphim, presented at the Universal Exposition of 1867 . The closing of the wrought Iron Choir is nice too.

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Then you have the Chapels all gorgeous I just took some, the Cathedral is immense full of chapels and stained glass and statues lovely worth a detour indeed. These are some of the Chapels.

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Chapel of the baptismal font. John the Baptist presides over the fountain baptismal.

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Chapel of the three drops of blood, the blood collected on the tablecloth of the altar is preserved with the head of Christ Roman, beheaded by the revolutionaries. The stained glass represents the scene of perjury.

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Chapel of the transept with the altar of the Holy Cross. Statues of Saint Guénolé and Saint Conogan (2nd Bishop of Quimper).

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The Chapel of Saint-Pierre evokes on its walls the collation of powers to bind and untie in Saint Peter. His window of 1856 reminds of the construction of the arrows; presented by Saint Joseph, the bishop offers them to the Virgin and to Saint Corentin. A limestone statue, indicates its burial (+- 1855).

Chapel of Saint-Frédéric. The stained glass and murals trace the life and martyrdom of this Saint, originally from Utrecht, Bishop of Wallachia, in the time of Louis the good-natured.

Chapel of Saint-Roch. It illustrates the life of this Saint, Pilgrim of Rome and devoted to the plague; Reached himself of this evil, he dies abandoned, except of his companions, an angel and his dog.

Chapel of Saint-Corentin. The stained glass and murals report the legend of the cathedral’s patron, his ties with King Gradlon, Guénolé and Tudy. The episode of his fish symbolizes both the multiplication of the breads and fish of the Gospel and the Ichthys (anagram of Christ) Eucharistic that invites to feed daily of his imperishable flesh. On the altar, a reliquary recalls its memory.

Chapel of the Sacred Heart. Onyx Altar, the author of the former master altar (19C). Chapel of devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes, appearing the apparition of Notre-Dame to Bernadette in the Cave of Massabielle.

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Replica of the setting at the tomb of Bourges. This sculpted group of the eight-character tomb is a unique cast made from the 16C tomb which adorns the crypt of the Cathedral of Bourges. It was installed at the Cathedral of Quimper in 1868 at the request of the Bishop of the time. From left to right: Joseph Arimathea, Saint John the Evangelist, Mary Mother of Jesus, Marie Madeleine, Marie Salomé, Marie Mother of John, and Nicodemus.

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The large organs, built by Dallam in 1643, several times or even remade in 1848 by Cavaillon-Coll. They were restored in 2000 by Giroud.

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Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and visiting is a must are

City of Quimper on the Cathedral

Tourist office of Quimper on the Cathedral

tourist office of Finistere dept 29 on Quimper

Tourist office of Brittany on Quimper

There you go another gem in my lovely Brittany, Finistere dept 29 and gorgeous Quimper. Enjoy the Cathedral of Saint Corentin a jewel.

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

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