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.

kernascleden

kernascleden

kernascleden

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

plouay

plouay

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

Quily

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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