Locminé,Locoal-Mendon, Mériadec in the Morbihan!

So in my continuing showcase of all beautiful Morbihan, I come to you with another trio of nice towns very near me, that I passed by them every week. And yes, there is always to take photos but some will do for now. There is so much to see and do and photos to take it is overwhelming and sometimes do not know where to go next! Anyway, this is my beautiful Morbihan of my lovely Brittany and showing you some of the towns of Locminé, Locoal-Mendon, and Mériadec!

Locminé in the 6C was founded a monastery by Saint Colomban. In the 7C the Abbey of Saint-Sauveur de Moréac was founded by the disciples of Saint Gildas in Locminé. This Abbey was destroyed by the Normans around 919. In 1008, Félix, a monk of Fleury was called by Duke Geoffroy 1er to reconstruct the Abbey of Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys and the Abbaye Saint-Sauveur de Locminé. After having definitively settled in Rhuys in 1025, he retained Locminé as a simple Priory. Locminé will remain a Priory of Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys until 1791.

The Chapelle Notre Dame du Plasker or Chapelle de la Congrégation is in the city center of Locminé, a place of prayer would have existed in its location as early as the 11C. The present Chapel dates from the 16C. During the French revolution, the chapel was transformed into a material depot and served for some time as a deciders temple. In 1804, the municipality brought down the upper part of the bell tower and replaced it with the current  stove.  On the occasion of a marriage, in 1675, the register of catholicity called it Notre-Dame de la Belle-Place (Our Lady of the Beautiful square). Apparently, the square that bordered her at noon had no particular beauty.

Built in the mid 16C, of a rectangular shape church flanked to the north by a square chapel, opening onto the main nave by a large third-point arcade penetrating into committed columns. This Chapel, which supports a small square tower, was to be vaulted as the births of the warheads were seen, but the vault was never finished. The third-point windows have a flamboyant network: above that of the bedside outside, there is a mutilated crest. The Chapel is covered with a roof with a frame whose entrails, with crocodile heads, have been cut. There are some fragments of stained glass from the 16C and a pretty flaming pool. The Altarpiece dates from the 16C.

City of Locmine on the Chapelle

Tourist office of Central Morbihan on the Chapelle

Tourist office of dept 56 Morbihan on the Chapelle

Locmine

Locmine

The  Church of Saint-Sauveur and Saint-Colomban initially from the 16C was a compromise between the ancient granite facades and the modern Church of concrete, carpentry and slate. The facades are that of the old Chapel of Saint-Colomban, from the end of the 15C, to the left and that of the old church, on the right; the City Council had decided, in 1972, to demolish the Church which had become obsolete, nowwith  only the two portals of the west façade. In the old church there was a stained glass window of Saint-Colomban integrated into the new construction: the panels of this stained glass were reassembled in a vertical strip behind the altar.

The Church of Saint Sauveur and Saint Colomban,finished in 1976, however the old church  was used for meetings of corporations of butchers, tanners, carpenters, etc. During the French revolution, the chapel was transformed into a material depot and served for some time as a decider temple. In 1804, the municipality had the upper part of the steeple cut down and replaced it with a stove. When the town was endowed with a fire pump, the municipality found nothing better than the shed for the carriages. Throughout the 19C, and even beyond, the chapel became the meeting place of the Marian Congregation of young Girls. At the beginning of the 19C, the church escaped demolition.

This current Church of Saint Sauveur and Saint Colomban preserves the facades of the old church and the neighboring Chapel of St. Colomban from the 16C. The two churches have the same flamboyant décor with third-point doors with decorated or basket handles inscribed in large curly braces, windows with flamboyant lattice. On the western portal of the Church rises a large square stone steeple with polygonal arrow. Church and Chapel, which communicate with each other through a huge modern arcade, are covered with frames redone in recent times. As the stained glass windows of the chapel are of the 16C, well preserved, depicting various scenes of the life of Saint Colomban. The altarpiece of the high altar, and known as altarpiece of the true Cross, in polychrome wood, dates from the 16C.. The reliquary and the hunting of Saint-Colomban, in wood and white iron, date from 1758.  The Church was made up of two aisles and exhibited various carved motifs such as gargoyles, crests, etc. The Cross presents a crucified Christ with characters at his side, the Virgin on the back, all topped with a small pediment. The cylindrical barrel is plugged into a cubic base. The whole is on a pedestal bearing various names engraved to correspond to a re construction  in the early 19C.

City of Locmine on the Church

Tourist office of Central Morbihan on the Church

Locmine

Locmine

The town of Locoal-Mendon comes from  “loc ” (Hermitage), from  “Gudual “, a Holy hermit of circa 631, and Mendon  from the Gauls  “Mina Dona ” meaning small Fortress. Locoal owes its name to Saint  Gudual. It is a dismemberment of the territory of Plouhinec. Locoal is an island located in the Etel’s seafront, between Saint Helena and Mendon; it is communicated with this second parish by a bridge reminiscent of Saint-Cado, and has under her dependence the Plec peninsula, which is close to the north. The territory of Locoal once belonged to the Priory of Saint-Gudual. A primitive Monastery would have been founded and maintained until the Norman invasion in 919, which completely ruined it.

The origin of Mendon has been attested since the 10C. It is a dismemberment of the territory of Ploemel. The territory of Locoal-Mendon was looted and ravaged in 1592 by the Spaniards who occupied Port-Louis during the Wars of the League. In 1790, the territory of the right bank of Etel became a wholly-fledged town of St. Helena. Locoal was attached to Mendon in 1806 by decision of Napoleon Ire ,and the ensemble was then called Locoal-Mendon. On August 5, 1944, 10 gliders from England landed on the town. They carried 10 jeeps and 30 French paratroopers of the special air service, it was the motorized element of the 2nd parachute fighting Regiment of Commander Pierre Bourgoin. These jeeps participated in the liberation of Morbihan!

The Church of Notre-Dame or Saint-Pierre built from the 15-16C of Mendon, rebuilt at the beginning of the 18C and renovated at the end of the 19C, retaining the bedside wall and the southern porch of the ancient church of the 16C. A former chapel that has become the parish church of Mendon, it includes a nave without aisles, a transept and a flat bedside choir. Built in the 16C, restored in the 17C, it was internally renovated in 1892. The exterior decoration, flamboyant, is particularly rich. To the south is a beautiful square porch, vaulted with warheads, adorned with pinnacles pilasters, curly braces, and foliage of vine leaves, with false gable with creeping also decorated. A stone bench is carved inside and outside the porch. The cushier buttresses of pinnacles are adorned with false architecture and animal motifs. The bell tower, with a stone spire, which rises on the western gable, was completely redone in 1875;  this bell tower rises in a three-story tower connected by angled buttresses of pinnacles with vegetal cross. The Choir dates from 1474. The bedside window is divided into five trilobeous forms surmounted by a network of trilobite flames around a central quatrefoil  15C,  and a tour  in 1893 as well as a scene of the Nativity of the Virgin, with ten characters.

City of Locoal Mendon on heritage

locoal mendon

The village of Meriadec was until 1912 a former Plumergat truce and had a trival chapel. The territory of Plumergat, (which includes Meriadec)  which has an almost triangular configuration, is bounded to the north by Brandivy and Pluvigner, to the west by Brech, to the south by Pluneret, to the east by Plescop and Grand-Champ.

The Church of Saint-Mériadec built in 1913, located in the village of Mériadec (part of town Plumergat) . Today, the western façade is still awaiting its bell tower whose plan had been drawn up , but whose financing was refused by the General Council in 1923. The Altarpiece-Tabernacle  from the 17C, in gilded wood, would come from the old Chapel Sainte Anne d’Auray . The present Church replaces a primitive Chapel. For a very long time, the village of Mériadec formed a truce of Plumergat. The primitive chapel was a rectangular building, quite archaic, finished in 1383, where you could see a few Romanesque arched windows and others in a broken arch. The northern sand pits walls of the choir wore an non translated inscription. A small square steeple covered in slate, stood at the entrance of the choir. To the south was a small square porch, very simple, with stone bench on each side. The chapel was covered with a fairly rustic structure and had been enriched with fine 17C wood altarpieces from the convent of the Carmes of Sainte-Anne.

City of Plumergat on Meriadec heritage

Meriadec

And there you go another trio of nice towns, the list is endless but I keep on trying to see them all!!! Hope you enjoy these rides into the off the beaten paths of my beautiful Morbihan, lovely Brittany, and in my belle France. Enjoy Locminé, Locoal-Mendon, and Mériadec in my Morbihan!

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

 

 

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