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April 25, 2019

Rhuys peninsula at its best!

Ok so I am bringing you back to another of our fame peninsulas south of me or presqu’îles , I have 3 near me and the Rhuys peninsula is very good indeed. I come here often even recently …as in my posts are many on it. However, there is always something to add for a complete picture of its beauty.

Yes , beaches you will find some of the best in the Atlantic ocean in Summer months here and a plethora of historical stone monuments. I like to tell you about some monuments too. Well , the Presqu’île de Rhuys is large and many things to see, I will just pick for this post the town of Arzon and its adminstrative jurisdiction of Port Navalo and Port du Crouesty. Of course, all this is in the Morbihan dept 56 of Brittany!!

Well as better weather is coming and summer planning is a must will tell you the beaches here with hightlight black my favorites. These are the plage de Port-Blanc aka as  Grande plage at Port-Navalo, plage du Fogeo-Kerjouanno,  plage du Kerver,  plage de Port-Sable , plage de Port-Lenn, Plage des 3 Fontaines, and plage du Tréno.

As promise, the Kerver beach info in English: Tourist office of the Gulf of Morbihan on Kerver beach

And the one at Port Navalo , Port Blanc or Grande PlageTourist office of the Gulf of Morbihan on grande plage big beach

Port Navalo

Arzon located at the end of the peninsula of Rhuys, it is bordered to the north by the Gulf of Morbihan, to the south by the Bay of Quiberon, western part of Mor Braz (Atlantic ocean), and to the east by the commune of Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys. The town has two seaside resorts of very different character: Port-Navalo dating from the beginning of the 20C; the Crouesty, modern seaside resort, in constant development since 1973 and until today, built around the largest marina of the Breton coast.   Right at the end of the peninsula Rhuys it has several points or ending cliffs to the ocean, with great views some of the best are Pointe du Béché; Pointe de Benin; Pointe de Bilgroix: Point of Kerners; Pointe du Monteno; Pointe de Penbert; and Pointe de Saint-Nicolas. Other sites worth a detour are the Notre Dame de l’Assomption Church. The cairn of the Petit Mont ;It houses a monumental ensemble composed of two adjoining Cairns, built in several phases during the Neolithic era, and two dolmens whose rooms are richly decorated with engravings. it faces the island of Houat. The view from its top allows to embrace almost the entire Bay of Quiberon. Official Cairn de Petit Mont

Arzon

Arzon

arzon

The Port-Navalo is a former coastal fishing port dating from the early 20C his coastal resort offers a panorama of Quiberon and Locmariaquer as well as the interior of the Gulf. The lighthouse of the pointe of Port Navalo; since 1840, a lighthouse indicates the entrance to the Gulf of Morbihan. The current lighthouse dates from 1891. Port-Navalo is an excellent refuge in bad weather from south Strait the port is connected by sea links to Belle-Ile, Houat and Hoëdic islands .

Tourist office of the Gulf of Morbihan on Port Navalo

Port Navalo

port navalo

The port of Crouesty is a marina created in 1973 on the site of a marshy area located at the entrance to the Gulf of Morbihan on the territory of the town of Arzon. Today the marina, which has recently been enlarged, can house more than 1 500 pleasure boats on pontoons making it the largest marina in Brittany. A thalassotherapy center is located near the port. This is very nice and my former boss owns a boat here so very nice!

Official Port du Crouesty harbor

Port du Crouesty

Port du Crouesty

This is heavens and very nice can’t say more if you like the boating, beaches, harbors, sea life my place. Hope you have enjoy the brief introduction to the Rhuys peninsula or Presqu’île de Rhuys

Additional webpages to help you plan your trip here

Official Gulf of Morbihan on Arzon

Tourist office of Morbihan dept 56 on Arzon and Rhuys

Tourist office of Brittany on Rhuys peninsula

You will be wise to visit this area, life is always better near the sea I am told and can confirm!!!

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

 

April 25, 2019

Abbey Church of Saint Gildas of Rhuys !

Well let me go again into one of the peninsula’s of my beautiful Morbihan dept 56. We have three, I told you, but let me bring you back to the most southerly one, the Presqu’ïle de Rhuys peninsula and a gem of our times.

The Abbey is located in the town of Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys,at Place Monseigneur Ropert , on the Rhuys peninsula in the Morbihan dept 56 of Brittany. It has wonderful beaches as well but I like to tell you about the Abbey here worth the detour indeed.

The Abbey of Saint Gildas of Rhuys is a former Benedictine Abbey whose legendary foundation is linked to the second migratory wave in Armorique (old name of Brittany from where migrants from UK came centuries ago) with the arrival on the mainland of Saint Gildas. But his story is not well known. Yet for a few years, we seem to be interested again in this monastery which today leaves one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches of Brittany!.

Saint Gildas de Rhuys

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Three periods can be distinguished in the history of the Saint Gildas de Rhuys Abbey (bear with me as this is history I like).

Originally, from the 10C, there is a Breton Abbey, founded according to the hagiographic legend, around 538 by Saint Gildas who would have directed it until his death in 565. It is more likely that it was founded by monks claiming to be him and possessing, or claiming to possess, his relics. The foundation of this Abbey leaves almost no trace in the archives, rare for this period, nor in the Chronicles. Three facts plead for the reality of the Abbey before the 10C. First, because the monks fleeing the Normans around 919, who obtained protection and settled near the castle of Raoul Prince de Déols (now Châteauroux), founded a Saint-Gildas Abbey and claimed to come from Rhuys. Then ,because the monks who came from the Abbey of Fleury in 1008 have always claimed to have picked up the ruins of a previous Saint Gildas Abbey in Rhuys. Finally because we still possess a document, the inventory of the books of this first Abbey. It is a parchment, probably dating from the 10C, which is kept at the Sainte-Geneviève library in Paris. It contains a list of books whose latest authors are contemporaries of the departure of the monks from Brittany around 920. A long time ago in this list was a Textum Gildasii, a Gospel of Gildas, and two antiphonies (singing books) qualified as Britons.

Saint Gildas de Rhuys

The second period extends from 1008 to the end of the 15C. It is best known by the Romanesque church, its tombs, some archives saved from destruction, and various testimonies. The monastery was restored from 1008 to the request of the Duke of Brittany Geoffroy I. The 11C is marked by the presence of other Saints, first Saint Goustan, then a poorly known Abbot, Saint Rioc. The Abbey then developed the cult of Saint Gildas and other related Saints, such as Saint Colomban, St. Brigitte and St. Armel. In 1189, the Duchess Constance of Brittany attended an office and gave a charter to the Abbey, with a donation. The children of the dead Dukes in Suscinio are buried in the Abbey. But the historical gaps remain numerous, due to the destruction or dispersion of the Abbey’s archives during the Hundred Years War.

Saint Gildas de Rhuys

Finally, from the end of the 15C to the French revolution, the archives of the Abbey are practically all preserve. The Saint Gildas de Rhuys Abbey was taken into management by the Congregation of Saint-Maur in 1649. The nave was done in Néo-Classique style, the bell tower transfer to the western facade and finished in 1705. At the French révolution, the monks were chase out and the buildings sold as national property in 1796. They were purchased back in 1804,by Mother  Saint-Louis,founder of the Sisters of Charity of Saint-Louis. The abbey found its religious vocation and again renovated. The Sisters found a school and then an orphanage.  By 1960,the Sisters of the Charity of Saint-Louis founded a space speciliased in handicapped persons. This center was later transferred to Vannes in 1993, and they renovated and enlarged the buildings to developed a hotel to answer to the new needs of the abbey to become a cultural and spiritual center.

Saint Gildas de Rhuys

The present Saint Gildas de Rhuys Abbey  still preserves beautiful elements of the Romanesque Abbey  such as the Choir, north transept, 32 capitals with geometric decorations and several tombs. The monumental altarpiece of the south cross brace dates from the first third of the 17C. By their sobriety, the nave and the crossroads of neo-classical transept harmonize well with the surviving Romanesque parts. The treasure of the Abbey, saved during the French revolution by the Rector Le Duin, whose tomb is still in the cemetery of Saint Gildas, is one of the most important reliquary treasures of Brittany. Preserved in the sacristy, it includes in particular a lame wooden shrine of copper 14C, another in silver 15C, the Chief-reliquary in silver said of Saint Gildas  16C, members-reliquaries in silver and vermeil ; they would hold according to tradition an arm, a knee and a leg of Saint Gildas, a chalice in gold 16C, a silk mitre embroidered with gold and silver (attributed by tradition to Abelard, it dates in fact from the 16C), a processional cross in silver 18C, etc., etc.

Saint Gildas de Rhuys

The reception center of the Saint Gildas de Rhuys Abbey is open all year round to accommodate individual stays, groups, trainings, spiritual retreats. At your disposal, 80 rooms for a capacity of 140 people. However, it’s the visit to the relics that is a must to any visitor to the area.

Some webpages to help you plan your visit here, and me think is a must are

Official St Gildas Abbey on history in French

City of Saint Gildas on the Abbey

Tourist office of the Gulf of Morbihan on the Abbey

Tourist office of dept 56 Morbihan on the Abbey

There you go another gem in my neck of the woods waiting to show its history, architecture, and good deeds. The Saint Gildas de Rhuys Abbey Church should be visited.

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

 

April 25, 2019

Church of Notre Dame de Locmaria at Quiberon!

Well if you have read my blog well, you know this is my favorite area to spent my time in my area. The peninsula of Quiberon is gorgeous and full of interesting spots. I have written widely on it in different posts before, but feel obligated to tell you a bit more on some of our interests that might be of yours too.

Quiberon, been a peninsula has beautiful beaches very much sought out by other Europeans as well (that are already buzzing around here especially the British and Germans). However, it has some interesting monuments located in quant nice city center full of shops, restos,and bars in the bourg or as well call here city center of the administration part of a town.

Therefore, let me tell you a bit more of the Church of Notre Dame de Locmaria in the bourg of Quiberon! The  Église Notre-Dame-de-Locmaria is at the entrance to the old section towards the beaches in city center Quiberon, we were just there for the first time several years back just before a wedding was to take place, very nice, no photos.  It is our walks now when we go in the main road into the town and parked for free by the train station or gare de  Quiberon, and then walk into the beach area minutes away. It is located in city center bourg at Place du Repos.

quiberon

Quiberon

The Church of Notre Dame de Locmaria was built in the 15C when the parish seat was transferred from the prieural Chapel of St Clement to the town, entirely redone in 1654, it will be wearing a Lantern Tower only in the 19C. Ransacked by the English of Admiral Lestock’s army in 1746, it would even serve as a hospital for the chouans and the emigrants in 1795. But it was in 1900 that a storm damaged the Bell Tower destroying much of the roof. The Church in its present form dates from 1906.

quiberon

quiberon

All in beige granite, sober, it occupies the highest point of the town. To see, when open, the Altar of the emigrants Breton in granite and bronze of the 20C ,and a painting of Pierre Roux of 1884, the baptism of Christ. The bells date from 1871 and come from the old church and carry inscriptions to identify them and to know their donors. The first Bell is called “Louise-Marie” and the second Bell is called “Joséphine-Félicité “. There is an ex-voto , a model of the Melpomène, a frigate dated from the 19C . In 1992, new work became necessary after the wall crack.

Quiberon

Some webpages as usual by me to help you plan your trip here and is a must to Quiberon and why not stop by the Church of Our Lady of the Assomption.

City of Quiberon on Religious heritage

Tourist office of Quiberon on heritage

There you go another nice gem to see in beautiful Quiberon peninsula. And to add around the Church you have the city center admin area with plenty of shops to spent your day shopping away as well!

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

 

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