Maletroit, Muzillac,Noyal-Muzillac in my Morbihan!

So shall we continue… YES! My beautiful Morbihan has a lot of architecture and history to write for a lifetime. An area hardly untouched by foreign visitors if we take out the perennial British and to some degree the German, Belgians, and lately even Spanish. Its the third most visited region of France who herself is the most visited country in the world; sorry for the punt ::) Let me get back to my department 56 and show you another trio of beauties; this time Maletroit, Muzillac, and Noyal-Muzillac in my Morbihan!

Malestroit is crossed by the Canal from Nantes to Brest and by the Oust river which are joined at this place. The town of Malestroit is located 40 km from Vannes . The neighboring towns are Saint-Marcel to the west, Pleucadeuc to the south and Ruffiac to the east. The city is crossed by the road D776, the D764 and the D146. There was formerly a train station in Malestroit, now nearest train station is in Vannes.

The 11C Church of Saint-Gilles, partly destroyed in 1592. The entire northern part of the church was added during the reconstruction, as well as animal statues such as Ox, Lion, Eagle, etc And it has exceptional paintings of the Middle Ages.  Saint-Gilles Church an older church was enlarged in the 15-16C, partly destroyed by a fire in 1592 (the day of the expulsion of the leaguers ). The statue called Notre-Dame-de-pity dates from the 16C. It is carved in a wooden monolith. It was before the French revolution in the chapel of the Augustinian monastery  in the Notre Dame island, then thrown by the revolutionaries to be burned, it was exchanged by Pierre Evain, carpenter, against 5 ropes of wood. He hid it before installing it in the Church.

At the Place du Bouffay, in the middle of the medieval houses with wooden panels, stands the Church of Saint-Gilles which replaced in the 12C the chapel of the 11C originally built at the site of a sacred source. This double-gables Church, which has undergone several construction campaigns  11-13C, 16C  and 18C, surprises by the inevitable juxtaposition of styles. From the Romanesque period, there remains the square of the transept and its south-extended cross-vaulted apsidal, which opens onto a southern façade with a rich iconography. At the 16C  Northern nave in flamboyant Gothic  was attached to the southern nave radiating Gothic. These two naves, separated outwardly by an octagonal turret and communicating inside by large arcades, confer to the ensemble a great originality. Then it was rebuilt and enlarged in the 17C following the fire caused by the Leaguers in 1592.

Inside, you will notice a beautiful polychrome Pieta of the 16C, the stained glass of the tree of Jesse  15C, the large stained glass window, to the left of the high altar of 1900) which represents the life of Saint-Gilles , the Chair aux Sirens  17C and the reliquary hand of Saint-Gilles, 15C in silver bronze.  On both sides of the south gate, consisting of two doors carved from the 17C, one can see, embedded in the wall, sculptures that come from the Church of the 11-12C. Large reliefs in the round-bump, capitals and corselets, they represent a jumbled of the attributes of the evangelists , the lion of St. Mark crushed by Samson which symbolizes perhaps the man of Saint-Mathieu, the Ox of Saint-Luke  rests on a pedestal adorned with the Eagle of St. John, vices (protest, impurity, debauchery, adultery, lust, drunkenness, avarice) or the Acrobat, an interesting allegory of man leaving the station right to sink in the aforementioned vices.

City of Maletroit on heritage

Tourist site of Broceliande on the Church

Tourist office of Brittany on Maletroit heritage



Muzillac is part of the 12 towns of the intercommunality Arc Sud Bretagne and the district  of Vannes. It is located 30 km from Vannes, and 90 km from Nantes.  The town of Muzillac is placed under the Ducal power in the 13C and regularly receives the Chamber of Accounts of Brittany , from the 13C to the 15C. In the 16C, an edict of Charles IX unites the Royal Court of the borough at the siege of Vannes. At the time of the French revolution, the territory of Muzillac was the mark of the Chouans under the command of the Count of Silz, then of the General of Sol de Grisolles. On June 10, 1815, at Pen Mur, the Royalists (chouans) took over the imperial troops ,this is known as the battle of the schoolboys. Because , the battle of Pen Mur: between the bonapartists and the chouannerie clashed. The latter is awaiting a landing of arms by the British. Alerted, the Imperials, in the number of 570 and commanded by General Rousseau, exit from Vannes and attack the chouans in Muzillac where they had placed under the command of General Louis de Sol de Grisolles. The confrontation turns to the advantage of the chouans in this battle where they are carried out on the ground by Rohu and Joseph de Cadoudal and where the pupils of the Collège Saint-Yves of Vannes are distinguished ( that is why also the battle of schoolboys)  and having joined the Catholic and Royal Army of Britain) that are pushing back the imperial troops.

Sainte-Thérèse Church is the new Church done in 1930 . The new Church, without steeple and in the form of a Latin cross, is consecrated in 1934 and dedicated to Sainte-Thérèse of the Child Jesus. The two-story nave has six spans on each side. In addition to the high altar, there are two lateral altars: the altar located in the west houses the statues of Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus and of St. Anthony of Padua; the other altar located opposite houses the statues of St. Anne, the Virgin and St. Joseph. Stained glass windows are from 1948;  this church was restored following a arson offence dated November 13, 1983 .

City of Muzillac on heritage

Tourist office of Damgan La Roche Bernard on Maletroit heritage



Noyal-Muzillac is also part of the 12 towns of the intercommunality Arc Sud Bretagne and the district of Vannes. Excavations carried out in the 19C have brought to light prehistoric sites and the Roman period as pathways and elements of a villa. The first time the name is found of Noyal-Muzillac  in the history of the country, was in 1252.

After the fall of the Roman Empire, during the Breton migrations, the first parishes appeared. It is probably at this time that the parish will be born with Patron Saint Martin of Tours. The revolutionary period will lead the Noyalais early enough to support the white party (Royals) and especially the Chouannerie. The troops of Le Batteux will also punish these inhabitants during a bloody punitive expedition in 1793.  In 1802, was born in Noyal-Muzillac Julien Daniélo, a writer who became known in the Parisian literary milieu. He will be the last Secretary of François-René de Chateaubriand. Julien Daniélo will die in Paris in 1869.

The Church of St. Martin de Tours, which preserves from the Romanesque period some vaults dated from the 11C. The Gothic period of the 15C is also very present with imposing ogive arches and capitals with various motifs. The nave and choir are enriched with remarkable 17C paintings. Its Chapel of the Rosary, in the south, also has an imposing painting of 1819.

The Church of St. Martin de Tours, 11-12C , 17C and 20C is dedicated to Saint Martin de Tours. It included a nave with aisles, a transept, on which the rounded apse of the sanctuary was opened directly.  This church was modified in the 14C at transept and choir. At the end of the 13C or at the beginning of the 14C, the cross-braces were transformed into chapels opening onto the square, which became the choir, by large broken arches worn on heavy pillars with engaged balusters, including the capitals adorned with foliage’s and serrations indicate that these pillars were part of the primitive construction. The apse has been preserved but very reworked at various times. The bell tower, which was to be first on the square, had been rebuilt on the south Chapel: it was burned in 1630 and restored in 1639. The nave was completely rebuilt in 1850. The last major works carried out from 1965 to 1970, lead to the decrease of the nave.

The three Chapels of Saint-Jean-Baptiste, the True Cross and Saint-Yves depending on the lordship.. The Chapel of the Sacred Heart located in the north wing of the transept and threatening ruin is restored in 1898 , and it is now the baptistery. The Church is covered with a frame and on the sand pits are the coats of arms of the families Carné, Boisorhant, Rochefort, Larlan and Rieux. The sprocket dates from 1785. The baptistery, octagonal in shape, dates from the 18C. This church is restored and transformed into 1970. The lateral stained glass windows dates back to 1886. The stained glass of Saint Joseph, dates from 1909. The stained glass of Notre-Dame de Lourdes, dates from 1959. One saw in the Interior of the Church, three paintings such as the Christ on the Cross and which today took the place of the old altarpiece, the Annunciation and the presentation at the temple which are today near the Chapel of the Rosary of the 17C from the Château de Keralio. The painting of the Rosary, in the chapel of the Rosary, is dated 1819,  the Church houses the polychrome statues of a Virgin and Child (or Our Lady of the Blessing), a Madonna and Child, 17C  and located in the Chapel of the Rosary, Saint Sébastien, 18C, Saint Isidore 19C and Saint John the Baptist 16-17C.  The church now houses three bells weighing 600 kg., 450 kg. and 125 kg. and blessed  in 1953.

City of Noyal-Muzillac on Religious heritage

Tourist office of Damgan La Roche Bernard on Noyal Muzillac heritage heritage

Noyal Muzillac

Noyal Muzillac

There you go like I said given in threes ,twos, one and all, these are all wonderful country in my off the beaten paths of my beautiful Morbihan dept 56. Enjoy Maletroit, Muzillac ,and Noyal-Muzillac in my Morbihan!

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

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