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April 30, 2019

Hôtel de Limur at Vannes!

Another of the pretty sights we have in our capital city of Vannes, Morbihan dept 56 of Brittany in my belle France. Needless to tell you about me and Vannes, many posts on it and work here, but there are things only written in the general sense and I believe needs more exposure and tell of the richness of the city of Vannes.

Therefore, let me tell you a bit more on the Hôtel de Limur, hotel in the French sense ! It can call a mansion…The unique thing for me is that this time I have never been inside of it, as not have the time to see an exhibition there now its use.



The Hotel de Limur is at 31 Rue Thiers not far from mayor’s office or Hôtel de Ville of Vannes and was built in th 17C for Raymond Le Doulx, Canon of the Cathedral of Vannes. At the time of the French revolution, it was seized from Marie-Joseph-Armand de Gouvello, who had left on emigration. Mr. de Gouvello was then a Colonel in the Royal Grenadier Regiment of Brittany.And in 1795, the military Commission responsible for judging the prisoners of Quiberon sat there.


The Hotel subsequently became the property of Mayor François Mahé de Villeneuve, and then of the Receiver General Joseph-François Danet. Elder Danet was, during the revolutionary period, Chairman of the Directory of the Morbihan, then elected in 1799, Member of the Council of elders; he was then admitted by the Senate to the legislature. Appointed Receiver General of Morbihan during the reorganization of 1800 was he who created our current financial administrations, he resigned his duties in 1810, and his son Joseph-François was appointed by the Emperor in his replacement on August 6, 1811, purchased from Mahé-Villeneuve in 1819 from the Gouvello family, the Hotel de Penhouët, which Mr. Chanu de Limur, a former naval officer  renamed, Hôtel de Limur. It eventually became, between 1820 and 1947, the property of the family of Limur, who gave it the current name. The latter sold it in 1947 to the city of Vannes. From 1955 to 1968, the Hotel de Limur welcomes the Museum of fine arts. It is now use for Arts exhibitions on a temporary basis by the city.

A bit on the construction of the Hôtel de Limur:

This pretty and cold architecture, without a great sense of artistic mind, without ornamentation, is characteristic of the Louis XIV style, which aimed primarily at giving an impression of greatness. It has three floors and a French garden in the back; inside it has a grand white marble stairs style Louis XIII built by 1685 .These are, with extensive facades and pierced by many windows, horizontal and clear lines, which soberly specify the proportions and that only a stone ledge or a common strip between two floors are covered. Inside the Hôtel de Limur, the lower rooms, with their vaults of a skillful and variable path; the beautiful staircase, with its pillars and light arches boldly rising to the ridge of the building; the happy disposition of the apartments; their ample and harmonious proportions; and many other construction details attest to the science of the architect who establishes the plans, as well as the contractor who ensured the execution. Many think that because Mr Gouvello family having lived at Bordeaux and Versailles had an idea of a building like this here.


The Hôtel de Limur land is located at the tip of a triangular square placed at the foot of the wall, it offers a layout, probably due to the geometry of this parcel, which does not reflect the traditional structure of a hotel between courtyard and garden. It seems inspired by a local model, as well as the composition of the façade, with its central body dominating the ensemble, in which two overlapping skylights open. The staircase is from the end of the 18C or the beginning of the 19C. The architecture of the façade today feels the changes that were made to it in the 19C ,enlargement of the bays, as well as the interior decorations: only two rooms have preserved their authenticity.

City of Vannes on the Hotel de LImur

Tourist office of the Gulf of Morbihan on exhibtions at Hotel de Limur

Just another gem seen walking rue Thiers from the Hôtel de Ville or city/town hall to the le Port harbor marina glorious walk. easy and nice. Enjoy the Hôtel de Limur in Vannes!

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




April 30, 2019

Hôtel de Francheville or Myner at Vannes!

Moving right alone to showcase the beauty and independance mood of the people of Brittany with its unique history in France, and my lovely intact capital city of Vannes; let me give you some off the beaten path thing to see.

With so much to see it becomes almost impossible to see it all in one visit to any place, I am lucky to live in the worlds vacation hotspot and most visited country for a good reason. However as an amateur of history and architecture I do notice! And living here helps and living in the beautiful medieval intact city of Vannes (no fires, floodings, bombings here!) gives me a great advantage. One of the building I go by every week and my favorite old town shopping area and the site of the famous Vannes market is one with a bit of a confused history.

For years, it was call Hotel de Francheville until recent studies have shown it should be Hotel Myner, never mind , the archeologist, the locals still refer to it as Francheville! Let me tell you a bit more on it ,and hope you enjoy it.

The Hotel Mynier ,formerly Hotel de Francheville from the 17C is a private hotel located in Vannes, in the Dept 56 of Morbihan. It makes the corner of the place des Lices and the place de Poids Public.


A bit of history I like

It was previously considered to have been built for the family of Francheville, who gave it their name for many years. However, recent finding has shown that one everyone calls the Hotel Francheville should be called the Hotel Mynier. No, the most beautiful house of the place des Lices was not the home of Claude de Francheville,  seneschal (royal officer in charge of justice) of Vannes. The illustrious family also counts in the 17C, the blessed Catherine de Francheville, the origin of the construction of the Chapel of Saint-Yves (by the College(middle school) Jules Simon) and the Foundation of the Order of the Sisters of the Retreat. It was built in tufa and granite in the second half of the 17C this building owes its name to Julien Mynier a merchant. It dates back to the time when the Parliament of Brittany was exiled to Vannes, between 1675 and 1689 and is located on the site of an older building, probably with wood, of which some elements subsist such as on the ground floor (1st US), wall gutter water with an gavel arch bay on the ground floor and a chimney on the 1st floor (2nd US).


Chapel Saint Yves in collége Jules Simon Vannes

Part of the current location that belongs according to the archives before 1662 to the Guydo families and at best was occupied in the middle ages by the House of Robert de Callac, Maître d’hôtel de la Duchesse of Brittany. The building is then composed of a large house in a wooden panel overlooking the Place du Poids Public opposite the mill of the so-called Lices with courtyard, gallery, and stable.The acquisition of the ensemble in 1665 by Julien Mynier, merchant, two works campaigns were done the façade place des Lices corresponding in the 17C, while the openings of the south façade place du Poids Public are taken up at the beginning of the 18C.


A bit on the construction story I like

Built in coated rubble, the building is dependent on the existing elevation and offers on the façade 3 levels with elevated ground floor served by a double-flown porch in masonry, and on the south façade 4 levels, the first of which catches the slope of the site. The building is rectangular in its center but slightly shifted with a large stairwell, lined with a small courtyard covered today. The hotel develops a grid-lined façade with granite on the eastern façade, and limestone on the south façade headbands. The rectangular-shaped bays are paired in granite and topped on the square side of the granite tables. The dormers are adorned with semicircular white stone pitons; on the southern façade, they are covered with a circle-segment arch and alternately show triangular and curved pitons; presence of a cornice with white stone modillions. A limestone-edged, rounded corner, topped with an imperial roof topped with slates in tortoiseshell adorns the southeast corner of the hotel, offering a viewpoint on both places. The sample is based on three horns adorned with scallops. A staircase, with turns by day in framing, serves the floors. There is the existence of another secondary service staircase taking its departure on the half-story landing.



Some webpages on Vannes to help your visit to the great city are

Area tourist office of Gulf of Morbihan on Vannes

Toursit office of Brittany on Vannes

There you go another gem to see and marvel in my pretty Vannes, the Hotel de Francheville , ooops Hotel Myner is something to admire for all lovers of architecture and history.

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


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