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!!!

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