Church Charles de Blois at Auray!

Here I am on a nice cool sunny Sunday afternoon and just did a round of my area again. So much to see and sometimes spaces in between makes you forget what you see lol! Well I like to bring you back to lovely historical Auray (historical from the point of view of France, Canada, and the USA) ,and its wonderful monuments on the off the beaten path routine.

The town is basically divided into upper and lower towns and the most popular from a tourist point of view is the lower town and the port of St Goustan. However, in the upper town there are marvels to be seen, a lot more shops and quant architecturally nice buildings. One of them would tell you a bit more now is the Church of Charles de Blois near the train station of Auray!

Auray ch charles de blois front oct12

The Church of Charles de Blois  began to be built in 1929, and consecrated in 1939. Built according to a centered plan, the Church consists of a first nave that opens onto a wider square space where the cult takes place. The wrong side is adjacent to the west.   Access to the Church is done in the east. It is a gabled façade adorned with Lombard strips.

Auray

It consists of a portal in full hanger topped with a rose, and has to its left a small steeple. The main steeple is to the west of the building, it is a Cornish steeple. The roof of the building is polygonal on its central part and double slope for the remainder. The side walls are pierced with berries. The district of the train station quickly populated at the beginning of the 20C, a Church of Charles de Blois became necessary. Léon Chevassu, rector of the parish, decides to built it with private donations. And it is done very nice you can see from the train station of Auray. Located at Place Léon Chevassu.

Auray ch charles de blois side oct12

The Christian community of the Auray area includes three parish Churches such as Charles de Blois , St Gildas, and St Pierre et Paul.

Auray

So who was  Charles de Blois, and a name like that in Brittany!

Charles of Blois was the son of Marguerite de Valois, sister of the king of France Philip VI, great-granddaughter, therefore, of Saint Louis (Louis IX), who had just been placed on the altars. His father, Guy de Châtillon, Count of Blois, was as good a Christian as a brave Knight. The old chronicles point out that everything was serious, almost severe in his castle. One could have believed in a monastery rather than in the abode of a lord. The right of representation was law in Brittany, Jeanne de Penthièvre, daughter of the elder brother of Jean III, inherited from her uncle by him, Charles of Blois was Duke of Brittany!!! The opposing Jean de Montfort did not wish to submit to this sentence, and the war was declared and lasted for more than twenty years!.

The death in combat at the Battle of Auray of Charles de Blois ended it. He is buried at the Church Notre Dame de Grâces near Guingamp. On December 14, 1904, Pope Pius X solemnly recognized that the cult of blessed Charles of Blois had been maintained throughout the centuries. He was beatified then. To commemorate this battle, a high cross was erected on a rounded pedestal bearing the inscription “in memory of the battle of Jean de Montfort and Charles de Blois in 1364”. This was done in 1842. Carrefour des 5 chemins, lieu-dit Toulbahadeu, Brech.

Brech

There you go so if passing by train, it is easy couple minutes walk to the Church and why not include it and day visit to lovely Auray lower and upper town! Enjoy the Church of Charles de Blois that almost tilded the story as he favored the union with France meaning Brittany could  have been early in the kingdom and no story for Anne ! Maybe why there is not much written on this Church and not on the tourist office!!! Call ahead to them for entering inside.

So there you have a nice off the beaten path trip and very nice history. Enjoy it

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

 

 

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