Plouay, Plouhinec, Port Louis in the Morbihan!

And are you following me? well stay tune because there is a lot more in my beautiful Morbihan.  As said the choices are endless and the thrill of visiting them again is always there. Hoping to entice you to come and take a look to my corner of the world and you too will know why I am so enthusiastic about Brittany. Let me tell you a bit more on three beauties such as Plouay, Plouhinec, and Port Louis in the Morbihan!

The name of the town of Plouay comes from the Breton “Plou” (Parish) and “Zoe” (Saint Ouen for St. Plouay) It was erected as a town in 1790 and passed to the district of Lorient in 1800. Plouay is limited to the north and west by the Scorff river, which separates it from Berné, Guilligomarch and Arzano; It borders to the south at Cléguer and Calan, to the east to Lanvaudan and to Inguiniel. It is a very famous town here for the its bike and car rallies of Brittany!

The Church of Saint-Ouen built circa 1400 was restored in 1876. The Church was done in the Latin Cross style and had originally has a main nave and two aisles. The present Church comprises a nave of four bays with aisles, a transept and a collated choir completed by a flat bedside. The Interior of the Church, it seems, dates from the 14C. The nave communicates with the aisles by large, broken, double arches resting on square pillars flanked by columns engaged in frost capitals. The nave and structure of the 16C are preserved. The Choir, more recent, communicates with the collateral by arcades in third-points penetrating in cylindrical piles. The Church was extended about fifteen meters to the east in 1717. The reconstruction of the porch was decided in 1790. The exterior aisles and vaults were completely redone in 1876 and the bell tower on the western porch was built in 1925. The Altarpiece of the high altar, in marble and tuffeau, dates from the 16-17C. There is a painting on the center titled “the lamentation of Christ” and dates from the 17C. The organ gallery dates from the 19C. The grid of communion, wrought iron, dates from 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 town of Plouay on Religious heritage

Tourist office of Lorient South Brittany on Plouay



The town of Plouhinec is located between the Etel estuary in the east on 17 km long   and the small sea of Gâvres on 5 km to the west. To the south the 8 km of beach overlooking the ocean are part of the largest dune cordon of Brittany which stretches from the Pointe de Gâvres to the Fort Penthièvre on the town of Saint-Pierre-Quiberon. Plouhinec is 15 km from Lorient, 35 km from Vannes, the capital of Morbihan, and 147 km from Rennes.  Plouhinec is a former primitive parish which once encompassed the current towns of Plouhinec, Gâvres, Locmiquélic, Merlevenez, Port-Louis, Riantec, Sainte-Hélène, Plouray and the former towns of Locoal and Saint-Guénin. The holy founder of the parish of Plouhinec seems to be the Breton Ithinuc or Ethinoc, very quickly supplanted by St. Peter and St. Paul as Patron Saint of the parish.

The Château de Plouhinec entered the House of Rohan at the death of Pierre de Rostrenen, at the time when his daughter Jeanne, widow of Alain VII since 1352 inherits it. The Castle did not remain long in Rohan hands, because the lordship was ceded by Jeanne’s son, Viscount Jean I, in 1371, to Duke Jean IV of Brittany, against a life annuity of one thousand pounds. Plouhinec was erected a town in 1790. In 1793, the revolutionary authorities decreing the war effort and conscription to resist the European Nations at the gates of Paris. In Plouhinec, the young men resisted recruiting by the commissioners and parodied the revolution by wearing the white flag (Royal original flag of France) and declaring themselves aristocratic. During the Chouannerie (the wars by local rebels against the French revolution), the local plouhinécois peasants acquired to the cause, were incarcerated at the Citadel of Port-Louis. In 1944, the allies decided to destroy the Pont-Lorois to cut the pocket of Lorient in two. It consisted of 25 towns that went from the Laita river around Quimperlé to the Quiberon peninsula. At the end of the war, the Armistice talks of the Lorient pocket were done in the “Café de La Barre” at the Magouër.

On a side note which of course have written in other posts on this area, you have the large sandy beach of the Magouëro bordered by the wild grey dunes will delight families and lovers of nautical activities such as surfing, fishing, diving, paddle, etc. It is our favorite more here!

I like to show you another gem off the beaten path here.  The Church of Notre-Dame de Grâce or Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul was built from 1870 to 1873. It is an imposing building of   néo gothic style where the high silhouette dominates the houses of the village. The construction of the present church replaced the ancient church of the 12C and 14C with later additions, the Chapel of St. Avit 16C, and especially the very curious Chapel of Notre-Dame-de-la-Clarity which had been begun in 1511 and completed in 1519. Only the bell tower of the latter, which had been completely rebuilt in 1846, was preserved. The choir, the work of the sculptor Le Brun (Vicomte/Versailles), dates from 1891. The altarpiece and the pulpit are magnificent works of woodwork.  Every year there is a procession here departing from the Pontoir Cross or Croix du Pontoir and the fountain located in a square north of city center/downtown.

City of Plouhinec on heritage



One place we love to go is the city of Port-Louis better known thanks to its citadel, but it has a lot more. The city which was formerly called Blavet and its citadel are renamed Port Louis in 1618 on a the Royal decision. Port-Louis, or Porzh Loeiz in Breton, recalls the name of the Kings of France and thus marks their suzerainty on this port which was long a Spanish fortress. The city is occupied by the Spaniards from 1590, the Duke of Mercœur, in a first time his alliance with king Felipe II (Philip II) , having delivered them thereafter, Don Juan del Aguila defended her and built fortifications there. The name of the new stronghold is given to him as Fuerte del Aguila (Fort de L’Aigle or Fort of the Eagle). The Citadel was half dismantled at the beginning of the 17C, the Spaniards having evacuated the territory. The current name of Port-Louis, dating from 1618, is given in honor of King Louis XIII who wanted to make it a fortified city completed in 1642, the Citadel of Port-Louis is the key element of the defence of the harbour. Under the French revolution, the town provisionally carries the names of Port-de-l’Égalité and Port-Liberté…

The Church  Notre Dame de l’Assomption, done between 1660-1670, was designed as a Latin cross style, very ample: long over 40 meters, wide of 12 meters in the nave and 30 meters in the transept. Outside, this church remained very austere. The frame was simply panelled, and on the cross of the transept stood a steeple covered with slate, 15-16 meters high. The church was renovated in 1835. The Church was burned by the wild crowds in 1918 and rebuilt later. The reconstruction work of the present Church were undertaken as early as 1921 From the old Church you can see the facade from the renaissance pseudo classic , it has a square belltower pierce by bays decorated with pilasters. The bell dates from 1853. To prevent a new fire, it was decided to cover the Church with a frame and a reinforced cement vault, the double sides of which fell on columns leaning against the walls. The choice of this material explains to a large extent the poor acoustics of the Church. The three altars marry the white stone with the colour marble elements and mosaics. On the wall of the bedside is shown a large portrait of the Assumption by Titian. Another composition was highlighted in the north wing of the transept. It is a triptyque, model after Rubens, with in the middle a descent of the Cross and on the sides, the Visitation and the presentation to the temple. On the other hand, the Annunciation modelled after Leonardo da Vinci, hardly noticeable, at the bottom of the nave, under the rostrum. In this Church, furnished with rich marble altars and decorated with painted stained glass, works of art attract particularly the attention of the many foreigners who visit it during the summer season.

City of Port Louis on heritage

Tourist office of Lorient South Brittany on Port Louis heritage

Tourist office of Brittany on Port Louis

Port Louis

And there you go another trio of dandies to enjoy my beautiful Morbihan. Its a treat and lucky to have found it thanks to my dear late wife Martine decision to cut short my foreign trips away from home for longer periods. So I did and it has been a thrill to be here, only sadden by the fact she is no longer with me due to the mean cancer. One more reason to remember her.

Enjoy the wonderful trio of Plouay, Plouhinec, and Port Louis in my Morbihan. And remember, happy travels, good health,and many cheers to all!!!

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