Grand Champ, Locmaria, and Plumelec in the Morbihan!

And following my now popular series on towns of the Morbihan, my dept 56 of lovely Brittany, we must continue. There is no end really, I am just mentioning those already visited but there are more to be seen! And this is the time to visit really, fine weather and nice history/architecture all around you. Let me go quickly into the best in my opinion of the towns of Grand Champ, Locmaria-Grand Champ, and Plumelec in inland Morbihan.

The town of Grand Champ is located about 15 km from the city of Vannes, capital of the dept 56 Morbihan; and I passed by here every day to work!  The town is a dismemberment of the former primitive parish of Plumergat. The existence of a place-known as “Grandi-Campo ” (big field) was mentioned in the 10C. Originally, Grandi-Campo is a great Roman camp. Around 1342, Jean de Montfort stayed at Grand-Champ to prepare for the attack on Vannes during the War of Succession of Brittany. There are a number of references to King Stevan, including the host country of King Stevan. battle of Grand-Champ in 1795, during the repression of the chouannerie (local rebels against the French revolution). On December 1, 1870 the balloon dirigible Bataille de Paris, flies from the Gare du Nord in Paris then beset by the Prussians and finishes its course at Grand-Champ, after having travelled 460 km.

The Church of Saint-Tugdual , 15-16C, rebuilt in 1865. The first stone was laid  in 1865 and the church was inaugurated  in 1867. The bell tower dates from 1867. The former church of the 15C, which had been roof covered in 1428 and adorned by a beautiful tower with stone spire begun in 1669, was demolished towards 1865 to make way for an ordinary Gothic-style church. The main work was completed in 1870. The stained glass gallery  houses two carved wooden panels from the Chapel of Notre-Dame du Burgo. It preserves a chalice in gilded silver from the middle of the 18C from the Chapel of Notre-Dame-du-Moustoir, a beautiful processional cross in silver, of 1763, and a silver censer of the second half of the 18C. The Saint Tugdual, the church is name after died in Tréguier, and was a 5C religious, native of Wales, who came with seventy-two religious to evangelize Armorique by landing at Trébabu in Leon. He died in 564 and his celebration Saint day is November 30.

City of Grand Champ on heritage

Parish of Grand Champ on the Church

Grand Champ

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The town of Locmaria takes its name from the term “loc” from the Latin “locus” which means “the place” followed by the name of Saint Honoré on site (here Mary) and its common “mother” . The township was united in Locqueltas (then Plaudren) in 1802 to form a unique place.A parish reorganization of the diocese in 1802, was erected in Locmaria ward or branch, but without ceasing to belong to the town Grand Champ. The town of Locmaria-Grand Champ is only a town since 1889.

The Church of St. Mary (Sainte Marie) of Locmaria-Grand Champ ( admin apart but really just next to Grand Champ) was rebuilt in neo-Gothic style and completed in 1882. The tower is surely the most beautiful architectural element of this church. Whole granite carved, it rises on three floors. On the ground floor, the porch is opened on three sides by large broken arcades. The floor of the bells presents on each of its faces an oculus over long bays divided into two lancets. Inside the church lies the ruler of a Lord of Coet Candec. Carved and sculpted in a white stone monolith, the lying one, turned according to the custom towards the choir, measures almost 2 meters long for a width of 90 cm. It rests on a base that is probably not original. The recumbent are more likely the portraits of characters of the 15C such as Pierre Chohan who married, around 1534, Jeanne Grillon de Rosnarho, in the town of Crac’h.

City of Locmaria Grand Champ on heritage

Tourist office of the Gulf of Morbihan on Locmaria heritage and Church



It is probable that between 460 and 660, Bretons inhabitants of Great Britain, fleeing their island enslaved to Anglos and Saxons, arrived one fine day on the heights of Lanvaux coming from the North from Saint Malo, then along the Roman road of Carhaix , which passed to the South of the town. This group, marveled at a magical landscape, while contrasting, with its mountains and valleys, all scattered in a wild but very beautiful nature, settled there.  These new occupants organized themselves in community, their “Plou “, which has the common sense of parish, to which they added the name of a Benedictine monk who evangelized their country, “Melec”. So therefore, Ploumelec which became simply Plumelec.

City of Plumelec on heritage

The Saint-Maurice Church is located in the center of the village of Saint-Aubin, on the eastern boundary of the town of Plumelec, on the road D174, 5 km from the town.  Built in 1513, the Saint-Maurice Church replaces the old chapel of Saint-Aubin founded by the Lords of Callac. It became a parish in 1872. Since 1985, it no longer has a priest. The Rector of Plumelec is of office.

The nave does not have a side-aisle and the transept is characterized by overflowing cross-braces. The choir is higher than the rest of the church and the bedside is flat. The Baptismal font Chapel replaced the former ossuary dated 1690. The bell tower is a 17C square tower.  The framing, worked as laces, is remarkable and rare. The beams and the sand pits represent countryside scenes and the passion. They are finished with gargoyles yelled: a dragon throwing up a dragon who vomits a dragon. Or would it be the reverse,,,a dragon swallows a dragon that swallows a dragon… An allegory of political and economic power that destroys the people according to the explanatory text proposed to visitors. Outside, under the south porch, there is a stele on the ground and, embedded in the wall, a cowl.

Tourist office Central Morbihan on Church



There you go another wonderful trio of nice unique and local towns to indulge yourselves into the real French life. If only Hemingway would had traveled more he would have certaintly written a second book, France is a Movable Feast! Enjoy Grand Champ, Locmaria-Grand Champ, and Plumelec in my beautiful Morbihan.

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



2 Comments to “Grand Champ, Locmaria, and Plumelec in the Morbihan!”

  1. Is there anything else to see apart from the churches?


    • These are in land towns so the Churches are the main historical monuments, other than megalith stones and cider but I wrote on that in other posts. Cheers


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