Brandivy, Brec’h, and Camors of Morbihan!

In my efforts to show you a bit more of my Morbihan dept 56 and my Brittany, let me give you three towns very close to mine,and with lovely quant small village like ambiance, in the en terre or real France! Exploring on travel is great and when you have so much diversity and beauty all around you is heavens! The towns are in my uncreative title, Brandivy, Brec”h, and Camors all around me!

Brandivy is a town dominating the valley of the Loc’h. It is a historical place very near me. The barony of Lanvaux, whose castle fortress was on the banks of the étang de la Forêt or pond of the forest, was one of the oldest in Brittany. The Lords of Lanvaux sat in the States General of Brittany (old parliament). The barony was ceded by Duke Jean IV in 1383 to the Collegiate Church of Saint-Michel of Brech , near Auray, except the ruins of the castle, the park, the forest and the pond of the forest, which the Duke of Brittany reserved. In 1464, this part was given by Duke François II to André de Laval, Lord of Lohéac, Marshal of France, who resumed the title of Baron de Lanvaux. Louis II of Rohan-Guémené, Lord of Guémené, made the same in 1485, as well as his successors Louis IV in 1508 and Louis V in 1527, who, along with his heirs, neglected this title thereafter.

First, Brandivy is the French name, for the Breton name it is Bredeui. Just over 1000 inhabitants ! Early Breton came here at about the 6C and impose their language. On an unknown date, they raise over a hill looking down at the river Loc’h, a chapel in honor of Saint Ivy or Divy, a monk and Breton Deacon who came from Armoric (what is today England/Wales/Scotland area in about 686.  Therefore, the place took the name of  Bré-Yvy or Bré-Divy (meaning hill of Ivy), today Brandivy.

The Church of Saint-Laurent and Saint-Aubin ,15-18C, destroyed by fire in 1728 and rebuilt in 1732. At the French revolution, the Church inherited a bell and stalls from the Abbey of Lanvaux. This church gave way in 1884 to a new Church completed in 1885. The stained glass windows date from 1886. The Church houses the statues of the Virgin (trampling the serpent of evil), Saint Laurent and Saint Aubin. There is a commemorative plaque of Abbé Ruaud dates from 1888, first Abbot of the Abbey of Lanvaux in 1138 and Bishop of Vannes in 1144. The Calvary dominated before the cemetery placed around the Church. The basement dates from the 15C, the granite cross of the 19C. You will see characters of all Cavalries such as the Virgin (left) and St John (right) in imposing size at the foot of Christ on the Cross. A bit more on the parish services from the city here: City of Brandivy on parish services at the Church




You go down a very steep ravine on the side of the river Loc’h to visit the Chapel of Saint Laurent, built early in the 16C; a bit further and you come to the cave of Notre Dame de Lourdes, recently done in 1998! the newest of chapel in all the region. In 1912, a tall cross was put in indented part of the rocks, sort like a cave, and from them a great piligrimage is happening as the rocks looks similar to those at Lourdes. It has a huge wooden crucifixtion cross.

The tourist office of the area only has info on the pond of the forest or Etang de la Forêt , a very nice family nature lovers area . Info in French here: Area tourist office Gulf of Morbihan on the Etang de la Foret

A bit more on the history of the city in French: City of Brandivy on its history and heritage

And let’s go to the town of Brec’h and its 21 districts all part of the main bourg or city admin center. So you need to know the districts to find your way around here, believe me, I live not far. However, it is a very old historical town such as a Gallic deposit was brought to light in the 19C. Dating from the 1C BC, the deposit, attributed to the Venetes, contains a set of adornment objects as well as a large number of coins. On September 29, 1364, the battle of Auray takes place near the Kerzo Marsh. The future Duke Jean de Montfort triumphs over his rival Charles de Blois. The latter is killed, while his second, Chevalier Bertrand du Guesclin, is taken prisoner. This victory ends the war of the Succession of Brittany. In August 1795, near the same Kerzo Marsh, nearly 1,000 royalist and chouans emigrants (fighting vs. the French revolution) were shot after the failure of the Quiberon landing. In the Champ des Martyrs (field of martyrs), a mausoleum was built in 1828 in commemoration, still there and visited by reservation in Summer. The town was part of the relays mentioned in 1648 on the road to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. In May 2015, Prince Louis de Bourbon travelled to Brec’h, with his wife Princess Marie-Marguerite, during his official visit to the Morbihan. He then announced the financing of the restoration of the expiatory Chapel of the field of martyrs by the House of Bourbon (former Royal house of France, and would be king Louis XX).

The Church of Saint Andrew (St André) of Brec’h was built in the 12C and reworked several times.   The nave is one of the rarest Romanesque naves of the 12C of Morbihan. It is separated from the aisles by large double-roll arched arches that rest on columns engaged in heavy square pillars.   The 24 capitals ,12C are decorated in particular with animals and rough human figures. The large, blazing-lattice bay of the flat-bedded choir was walled. In 1740, the walls of the aisles were rebuilt, the primitive transept and the steeple demolished. In 1835, the new transept and choir were dressed with the stalls and paneling of the 17C from the Chartreuse of Auray.   The central table of the choir’s large altarpiece shows a descent of the Cross between the statues of St. Andrew and St. Peter; above, a Holy Trinity in stucco. The lateral altars are reduced to their wooden altarpiece decorated with paintings and statues. The paintings represent Saint Anne learning to read to Mary and the gift of the Rosary to St. Dominic and St. Catherine of Siena . The bell tower was added in 1896 and reminds of the Church of Saint-Gildas d’Auray, whose bell tower also amortizes in an octagonal granite drum. The vault in half cylinders with the apparent structure of the nave was redone in 1988. The stained glass windows date from 1896.




In addition to the above church , there are 8 Chapels and 3 Calvaries and of course the Chartreuse in the territory of Brec’h. Here is more info on the Church and Brec’h in French: City of Brech on the Church Saint Andre

And to make the circle complete, the town of Camors itself surrounded by the towns of Baud, Pluvigner and La Chapelle-Neuve. It is covered in its vast majority by two massifs forests, the domaine forest of Camors and the forest of Floranges with maximum altitude of 137 meters. The town, is compose of the village of Lambel-Camors and the village of Locoal-Camors. The municipality is part of the district of Pluvigner, of the community of towns agglo of Auray Quiberon Terre Atlantique and depends on the sub-prefecture of Lorient.

The territory of the town of Camors was born late and consists of part of the territory of baud and part of the territory of Pluvigner. The inhabitants of Camors lived mainly in the forest. They were coal-makers, sabotiers, long sawers, broom makers, buglers… There have been up to two hundred buats and ninety saboters. Religion and civil authority had little influence over this population living in the forest. Camors is one of the only towns in France where two sawmills and a sabotier remain (indeed passed by it every week!).

The Church of Saint-Sané; 17C was built in the form of a Latin cross, without anything remarkable, if not two wooden altarpieces. The sacristy is earlier than the Church and reuses stones from the Chapel of Ste. Suzanne. A cabinet of the sacristy dates from 1660. Inside the Church you can see a fresco. On the wall of the nave is a white marble tombstone; it is the epitaph of Claude de Lannion, Governor of Vannes and Auray, who died on 24 June 1695. The Church houses a statue of St. Margaret. The parish church of Camors is dedicated to Saint Sané, an Irish Bishop, who died in 544. The secondary patron is Saint John the Baptist, whose Nativity is celebrated with great solemnity. The church has in the south transept the altar of Saint John the Baptist, and that of the north the altar of Ste. Susanne; the Chapel of the Baptismal Fonts makes the pendant of the porch. In the Choir was the family vault of the counts of Lannion, barons of Camors.



More on the heritage of Camors in French here: City of Camors on its heritage

So there, 3 small towns around me in my lovely Morbihan dept 56 of Brittany in my belle France. Unique and real French living where the small shops are still in vogue and the goodies of culinary France are still respected. Enjoy the tour and hallow when passing by!

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

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