Colpo and Elven in the Morbihan!

Moving right along in my beautiful Morbihan, let me continue telling you of the wonders near me that needs to be known more and hopefully visited. The two towns will be on this posts are in opposite ends of the department. One is nearer Vannes and my job at the town of Elven, and the other is near my home at imperial Colpo. Let me tell you a bit on these for now and hope you enjoy it as we do.

Niece and goddaughter of Emperor Napoleon I, Princess Napoleon Elisa Baciocchi at the instigation of the Emperor Napoleon III, in 1857, made a trip to Brittany and acquired the following year a vast estate of 300 hectares, covered in large part by heathlands and populated by beggars. She built a residence in Korn-er-Houët and decided to make Colpo a new administrative and religious constituency from territories taken from Saint Jean Brévelay, Bignan and Grand-Champ. Pushing the objections and oppositions, she obtained, in 1864, the creation of a new town and in 1866, that of a new parish. She financed the construction of a city/town hall, a church, a presbytery, a school, a rescue house, several dwellings, thus making a village appear on a avenue planted with lime trees. In the center stood a column receiving a statue of the emperor. And starting in june 1866, the Church Notre Dame de l’Assomption, finishing it in December 1867. Princess Baciocchi died on 3 February 1869 in Colpo, where her funeral was celebrated with the utmost solemnity. After a temporary burial, her body was deposited, on February 3, 1870, in a tomb that occupies a chapel of the Church where she used to attend the Mass.

The Church of Notre Dame de L’Assomption is dedicated to the Assumption of Notre Dame. Her high silhouette closes the prospect, at the bottom of the avenue. In front of the nave stands the steeple-porch, at the bottom of which the gate fits into a triangular gable fore body supported by twin columns of dark granite with white stone marquee. Three concentric are resting on the legs, and in the tympanum, a Madonna and Child, wrapped in a mandolin, receives the worship of two Angels kneeling. Laterally, two small engaged turrets contain the baptistery and the other a staircase. Higher up, the tower rises in two stages: that of the clock and that of the belfry, confined with corner columns and pierced by high arched windows. The polygonal arrow is in the middle of four pinnacles, loaded with narrow openings under gable and holes of four-leaf bays. Long arched stained glass windows are in the five bays of the nave, while in the north and south, large, semicircular berries illuminate the protruding wings of the transept. The choir extends, at a lower level, into a five-sided apse whose windows, each topped with a small triangular gable, draw a half-crown. Only the stained glass windows of the middle of the apse are depicted by a crucifixion and images of St. Charles Borromée and St. Augustine. The baptismal basin is adorned with roses and near the main gate, there is a rich, polychrome marble cowl.

The most original piece of furniture is the mausoleum of the Princess Baciocchi who fills a southern chapel. It is a powerful granite cenotaph, shaped like a pyramid trunk, sitting on a rectangular base adorned with antefixes at the top angles. On the anterior side there is an eagle with half-stretched wings and a drapery topped by the Imperial Crown and tied with ribbons, on which the Princess’s lozenge crest is read.

Its remains lie at the foot of the western wall of the chapel where the wall carries a marble cross with the inscription “HIS Ego sum resurrectia and Vita ” (I am the resurrection and the life). The window still displays her arms. This monument is perhaps the last reflection of the imperial power and glory that would sink into the disaster of 1870. Also the Church Notre Dame de l’Assomption remains dear to the Napoleonic remembrance and received, in 1976, the visit of the Prince and Princess Napoleon (heirs future Napoleon V).

Colpo

Colpo

City of Colpo on its history and heritage

City of Colpo on its Napoleonic heritage

Tourist office of the Gulf of Morbihan on Colpo

On the route of the Dukes of Brittany, Elven has a magnificent testimony of medieval history: its fortress of Largoët, elevated from the 13C to the 16C, in a beautiful wooded setting. Residence of the Lords of Largoët, it was inhabited by Duke Jean IV de Rieux, guardian of the Duchess Anne of Brittany. Its tumultuous past, particularly during the War of the Succession of Brittany and its abandonment from the 17C, however, partially led to ruin. Nevertheless, you will be surprised by its monumental octagonal dungeon   15C, forty four metres high. It’s the highest in France! Its walls could reach up to 11 meters thick. In addition there is also a beautiful round tower of the same time. The curtains and the remains of the Châtelet complement this remarkable ensemble.

Elven

The Church of Saint-Alban, of Elven is dedicated to Alban de Verulamium, the patron Saint of the city. The Normans destroyed by fire the first wooden church. In 1121, a Romanesque church was rebuilt, again destroyed by a fire in 1525. A church of Gothic style was elevated, of which only today the Romanesque Choir remains. In 1536 is built a neo-Gothic nave and then, in 1642, a bell tower. In the 19C, the work suffering from the time was renovated, the nave and the transept were rebuilt. The bell tower is completed in 1877 and the Church will be consecrated in 1879.

Elven

The new modern Church of Saint Alban having kept the apse of the old building. Inside, very ornate sandpits with leaves and figures. Two floors of sculptures in high reliefs separated by a moulding. On the lower floor, chimeras supporting ecus; foliage with human heads; garlands of foliage and fruit; birds. On the upper floor, and advancing like on a balcony, curly hair Angels seen from the front and half-body, holding unarmoured ecus; various characters, half-body, in Renaissance costumes, in various attitudes, forming as a gallery of French Renaissance portraits. The Church of St. Alban, rebuilt in the 17C and 19C.

Elven

City of Elven on religious heritage

And there you go two more town with nice things to see for a weekend getaway. Need to tell you we suplly our house Breton ciders from a traditional cidrerie in Colpo not far from us, welcome to try when stopping by ::)

You have Colpo and Elven in the Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Brittany and my belle France. Enjoy the visit and reading. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

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