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May 23, 2019

Landévant,La Gacilly,Lanvaudan,Larmor-Baden in my Morbihan!

And of course, once done, you will know the Morbihan too, and Brittany! Well bear with me, this is a work of love on my beautiful adopted region of my belle France. There is so much , and I feel I am just touching the surface here , believe me. Anyway, here are a bit more on the wonderful towns of Landévant, La Gacilly, Lanvaudan, and Larmor-Baden in my Morbihan!

Landévant is located between Lorient and Vannes on the N165 expressway , and very near me as I go by here when going out to the Finistére dept 29. Of course, Landévant is in the Morbihan dept 56. The town is at the north end of the Étel river. In 1790, Landévant became an independent town! Landévant was a dismemberment of the former parish of Pluvigner . In 1795, takes place the battle of Landévant where several thousands Chouans (rebel for king against the French revolution) obtained victory over the Republican troops( French revolutionaries).

The Church of St. Martin built in 1834. It replaces a 15C Church that has preserved a few animal sculptures. Some carved stones from the old church have been preserved, embedded in the south wall and fragments of inscriptions in Gothic characters giving dates 1413 and 1422. The bell tower, dates from 1857.


City of Landevant on heritage

La Gacilly as such   first appears from 1317. In January 1st 2017, a new municipality which retains its original name was created with the administrative status of a new town. It was born from the merger of three former towns, which therefore have the administrative status of a delegated municipality; these are La Chapelle-Gaceline, La Gacilly and Glénac. La Gacilly is 13 km from Redon, 49 km from Vannes, 51 km from Rennes and 78 km from Nantes.

The Church of Saint-Nicolas-de-Myre or Saint-Jean-de-Myre from 1845. This church replaces the old chapel of the castle which once served as parish worship and dated from the 14C and was restored or enlarged in 1626 and 1628. The Church first trivial then parochial of la Gacilly was under the invocation of St. Nicholas. In 1745, the truce of La Gacilly was erected in the parish. The present Church is executed according to the rules of Greek architecture, with portico columns and rich triangular pediment. The church stood on a height, between the city and the old road of Glénac.The first stone of a chapel to the south in 1626, and another to the north in 1628; they were blessed in 1631, and dedicated, that of the north to the Blessed Virgin, and that of the south to St. Nicholas.

Two events worth mentioning here we had enjoyed are the largest outdoor Photo Festival in France taking place every year from June to October. The Festival “peoples and nature” invades all the streets of the town, revealing images in giant format, exposed outdoors. Of course, my photo skills are still rudimentary lol! More info here:

And at La Gacilly you find the home of a world renown firm of Yves Rocher known for its cosmetic product base on natural plants.   You can visit the industrial site the Botanical garden, very nice indeed. More info here:

City of La Gacilly on heritage

Tourist site on area of Broceliande on La Gacilly

Lanvaudan is best known for its ancient rural habitat which has been largely backed up with its low-cut stone houses and thatched roofs. There is no city/town hall as the town is less than 1K folks , the office locally is at  1,Place de la Mairie.

The Church of Saint-Maudez or Church of Saint-Mandé is at place Saint-Maudé. The parish church was built in 1642 and dedicated to Saint Maudez, a monk of the 5-6C. The first church was mentioned in the 14C. The first was destroyed and a second church was built in 1642. The Church is constructed in a refined way, formed of simples lines, on the basis of a Latin cross plane to a nave and flat bedside walls are built of granite and stone and the roof is covered with slate.

The Interior of the church, albeit very little decorated, contains, in addition to the main altar dedicated to the Saint, two secondary altars dedicated to the Virgin Mary and Saint Roch . It bears the mark of various stylistic elements borrowed as well from the Greek Antiqué such as in the west gate, and spans of the nave in force between the 15C and the 17C. The continuation at a late date mid-19C of the Breton formula with the porch tower with lateral turrets and open bell tower is perhaps one of the ultimate examples of the genre. In addition, the interior of the church is to be noted, especially for its false vault with starry celestial blue and the preservation of all its furniture from the old sanctuary. It testifies to the wealth of its donors; the Lords under the old regime and the rich farmers in the 19C.


Tourist office of Lorient South Brittany on Lanvaudant

The town of Larmor-Baden is located on a peninsula on the banks of the Gulf of Morbihan, 14 km from Vannes and 14 km from Auray. Larmor-Baden has 4 Islands on its territory: the island of Berder (private), connected to the mainland by a submersible roadway, the island of Gavrinis (with a great cairn megalith stone), île Longue and ïle Radenec. The marsh of Pen an Toul occupies about 42 hectares within the town’s territory. This one is separated from the Gulf by a dike equipped with valves, called Pont de Pen an Toul.

In 1857, Larmor is still a village dependent on the parish and the town of Baden. When in August 1858, Emperor Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie visited Brittany, the inhabitants of Larmor profited to solicit from their imperial majesties that their section be erected in the branch of the parish of Baden. In 1860, the Imperial decree, which erected the Larmor-Baden Church as a separate branch, was signed by Emperor Napoleon III. But it was only 64 years after the creation of the parish that the steps for the erection of the village of Larmor into the town Larmor-Baden and was finally erected in 1924.

The parish Church of Notre-Dame, blessed on July 29, 1880. It had as godmother of the bells, for the donation the Countess Dillon. Among the statues and paintings that adorn the Church, were donations or works of parishioners, the statue of Notre Dame of Larmor, in polychrome wood, holding a three-masts in her left hand and leaning with her right hand on a naval anchor and the other, a small painting watercolor depicting a brick-goëlette, the “Giralda”, offered by Captain Héno, in gratitude for being released safely, him and his crew, of a terrible storm in the North Atlantic in 1878.

City of Larmor Baden on heritage

Larmor Baden

Larmor Baden

Larmor Baden

Ok so now you have some more! We go around by car mind you , there is public transport in Brittany but a bit behind me think on the rest. Car still king here and to see these beauties is the best way. However, all worth the effort. From in land La Gacilly and is cosmetic fame, to the Gulf coastal of Larmor-Baden, to my backyard of Landévant to rural in country Lanvaudant all is the best off the beaten path stays in my beautiful Morbihan and  lovely Brittany. Hope you enjoy the ride.

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

May 23, 2019

Kernascléden,Plouay,Quily,La Chapelle Caro in the Morbihan!!!!

And we go on, on an endless tour of my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of the region of Brittany in my belle France. The views,sights are indeed endless here and I am doing my best to introduce you to the off the beaten paths of my Brittany. Hope you are enjoying the ride as much as we do. This time a main topic on four wonderful towns, Kernascléden, Plouay, Quily, and La Chapelle Caro!

Kernascléden is a town in a relatively small rural municipality located in the Scorff Valley and connected by its traditions to the country Pourlet . The city center or Bourg here is located 13 km east of Faouët, 11 km west of Guémené-sur-Scorff and 29 km north of Lorient. The construction at Kernascleden of a first Christian sanctuary, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, was at the origin of the creation of a pilgrimage on an indefinite date in the locality. The importance of this pilgrimage necessitated the construction of a hospital to welcome pilgrims and the sick. Trade has become a major development and this has led to the construction of a market where a weekly marketplace was held. Around 1420, the first chapel became too small, given the importance of the pilgrimage, or threatening ruin, the family of Rohan, owner of the premises, took the decision to build the present Chapel. Viscount Alain VIII of Rohan opened a construction site that would last about 44 years.

Church of Notre Dame of Kernascléden, is a granite church built in the style of the flamboyant Gothic, and you see on the outside, the beautiful flat bedside, the “men’s Porch” and the “ladies ‘ porch” each supporting a delicately serrated spoof of a shelter the statues of the once-polychrome Saints. These auxiliary entrances are located on the southern façade of the church; the women, separated from the men during the Mass, stood at the bottom of the nave with the children, in front of a space dedicated to the major fairs and festivals of the canton. The multitude of pinnacles with buttresses and other vertical elements is at the origin of the nickname “chapel with a thousand pinnacles”. The steeple itself, with modest dimensions, is in the same plane as the sober west façade. Inside, one of the two frescos of Brittany depicting a macabre dance persists and still underlines the trauma of the great plague of 1356. This work can be dated from the construction of the Church, that is the middle of the 15C and is the only one in the region to be accompanied, on a neighbouring wall, of a representation of hell, particularly evocative and frightening for the faithful of the end of the middle ages. We face the musician Angels dreaming perhaps of a visitor done by the painter Maurice Denis covering the vaults of the nave and choir, scenes of the life of the Virgin and of Jesus chanting pillars and walls. Several elements of the painted décor were recuperated in the middle of the 20C.




The Church also contains another treasure. A colony of bats is housed in its bell tower! That is why, next to the Church, walkers can visit the House of the bat in order to know everything from the mysterious world of these ladies of the night.

City of Kernascléden and its heritage

Plouay historically, it is part of the Kemenet-Héboé and the country of Lorient. The municipality owes to a large extent its fame to the Organization of the Grand Prix de Plouay cyclist event held every year in mid-August. A Brittany classic since 1931. The parish of Plouay is under the patronage of Saint Ouen. During the patron festivals that took place in August various sporting events were organized including a bike race. Thereafter the bike race became the Grand Prix de Plouay, then the Brittany Classic Ouest-France. The town is located 13 km of Hennebont and 19 km of the city of Lorient.

There in Plouay you see the nice Church of Saint Ouen, the Church was built at the end of the 14C, it has a plan in the form of a Latin cross, with two aisles.Its limestone and marble choir develops in three parts: a central panel and two concave wings.All connected  at the beginning of the 18C.In the large niches we can see the statues of Saint Barbara and Saint Eloi who seem contemporary, while in the niche above, the statue of Saint Ouen is older.The altar is of simple form.

City of Plouay on religious heritage

Tourist office of Lorient south Brittany on Plouay in English



Quily comes from the old Breton “killi ” or bocage. The town is a dismemberment of the primitive parish of Sérent in the 15C. The parish of Quily once depended on the deanery of Porhoët. Quily was erected as a twon in 1790. The municipality of Quily was first attached to the canton of Guégon, then in 1801 to the canton of Josselin.  Quily became, on 1 January 2016, a municipality delegated to the new town of Val-d’Oust.. Val d’oust is the result of the grouping of the three towns of Le Roc-Saint-André, Quily and La Chapelle-Caro.

We went to Quily on the road D174 , pure country and wonderful ride; big town of 342 inhabitants!, where the main thing to see is the Church of Saint Nicodéme. The Church was originally built as the Church of Notre Dame des Neiges (our lady of snow) built in 1689. The Church is home to altars dedicated to Saint Anne and the Virgin Mary. Under the southern porch is a vault with carved panels of the 16C. Since 1802 the name is that of Saint Nicodéme. Done in Latin Cross style.

New area of Val d Oust on heritage


We continue from Quily on the road D766A towards La Chapelle-Caro, it takes its name from the family of the Chapelle. This is a break-up of the original parish of Ploërmel. She was nicknamed ‘ the lower-Chapel ‘ or ‘ La Chapelle-sous-Ploërmel’. After having belonged to the great Lordship of Porhoët, La Chapelle-Caro enters the ducal domain in 1168. La Chapelle Caro is elevated to Viscount in 1576, into County in the 17C, and held the lordship of Crévy in 1630.   This parish took the name of “La Chapelle Caro” in the 20C due to its proximity with the town of Caro. It became, on 1 January 2016, a new town of Val-d’Oust. Located on the Ploërmel – Vannes axis, La Chapelle-Caro is located a few kilometers from Ploërmel, but also from Malestroit and Lizio. The town is crossed by the Canal Nantes-Brest.

However, as much as the name the interesting the thing to see here is the Church of Notre Dame, built in 1868 to replace a former treviale church and parish from the 17C, reworked in 1711. The present Church is in the shape of a Latin cross. A square tower is located at the bottom of the nave. The stained glass windows are post–1870. The Church houses a statue of saint Fiacre 16C. A beautiful early 16C processional cross, silver plated on solid wood, is kept in the sacristy; The façade of the Church was restored in 2007 as well as the stained glass windows.

City of Val d’Oust on heritage

La Chapelle Caro

And there you go again, some wonderful off the beaten paths towns of my beautiful Morbihan. We criss cross the department 56 and region of Brittany to show you not only France is the most visited country in the world, but Brittany is the third most visited region of France! Enjoy Kernascléden, Plouay, Quily, and La Chapelle Caro.

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


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