Plumelec, Plumergat,Pluneret,Plumelin, in the Morbihan!

And don’t mind me I am having fun in the Morbihan breton dept 56 of Brittany in my belle France. I have done a previous 4P and it seems this one fits the billing but there is a why so many P’s here. Well let me explain;

Plu is the root word of Plou in Breton, your French will get you to Paroisse and your English to Parish, so therefore all the Plu are parishes and the join word afterward usually or always is the Saint that found the first one there. For example, Plumelec is the parish of St Melec; etc etc.

Now , let me give you some more 4 P’s in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56! And these towns are all around me !!!

The Church of Saint-Maurice is located at the village of Saint-Aubin in the town of Plumelec. The  Church is located in the center of the village Saint-Aubin, on the on the road D174, 5 km from the city center.

The Church of Saint-Maurice was built in 1513 replacing the old chapel of Saint-Aubin founded by the Lords of Callac. The nave does not have an aisle and the transept is characterized by overflowing crosses. The choir is higher than the rest of the church and the bedside is flat. The baptismal font Chapel replaced the old ossuary dated 1690. The bell tower is a 17C square tower. The framing, worked as laces, is remarkable and rare. The beams and the sand pits represent countryside scenes and the Passion. They are finished with gargoyles yelling at a dragon throwing up a dragon who vomits a dragon. Or would it be the reverse a dragon swallows a dragon that swallows a dragon…. Outside, under the south porch, there is a stele on the ground and, embedded in the wall, a cowl.

Tourist office of Central Morbihan on the Church

Plumelec

The town of Plumelin is small and not much info on it but here is a nice monument church in town when passing by.

The Church of Sainte Melaine dates back to the end of the 15C and  is marked by renovations of different eras. The Interior is home to a beautiful 18C altarpiece. A fountain of 1850 is adjacent to the Church, which is of course attributed to curative values.

City of Plumelin on heritage

Tourist office of Central Morbihan on Plumelin heritage

plumelin

The town of Plumergat is only about 10 km from Auray and 25 km from Vannes. The main thing here is the wonderful church.

The Church of Saint-Thuriau  is dedicated to Saint Turiau, Bishop of Dol-de-Bretagne in the 7C. The Church of Saint Thuriau forms with the two neighboring Gothic chapels (St. Servais, from the 17C, and the Trinity, from the 15-17C, side by side on each side of the rue Donias, in the axis of the choir), a picturesque ensemble that has earned Plumergat the nickname of the town of the three steeples. The Church is located on a former druidic site. The church, built from the 11C, has undergone many readjustments to the present day. The bell tower-porch is built in the 14C. The exterior walls were redone in the 17C, retaining provisions close enough to the Romanesque edifice. The interior was restored in 1834, the porch tower in 1859, and the entire church between 1939 and 1948. There are 12C capitals of the Church.

The Church of Saint Thuriau  is shaped like a Latin cross with a blind flat bedside. The 14C porch tower, massive and flanked by two thick buttresses in biases, is crowned with a bulbous Bell Tower. The Romanesque nave with three four-span naves overlooks the aisles with double-roller full-hanger arches. They fall back on single-imposed square stacks of two columns engaged in capitals. These are engraved with stylized vegetal motifs, masks, heads of nails, cables, palmettos.etc..  The nave and the aisle were originally covered with a frame. They were vaulted in the later readjustments of a cradle with double arches resting on consoles atop the wall, more classical than Romanesque. At the back of the choir stands a polychrome wooden altarpiece topped with a Madonna and Child of the 14-15C.

City of Plumergat on heritage

plumergat ch st thuriau side apr13

The former primitive parish of Pluneret formerly included Saint-Goustan d’Auray, who was detached from it during the constitution of the central parishes, presumably in the 12C, and of course Sainte Anne d’Auray or better Keranna, erected in common after the last war. The founding of the parish of Pluneret is formalised by a document signed in 1259.

The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul ,19C at  rue des Tilleuls, built on the site of an ancient Church of the 11C. The ancient Church of Pluneret, whose nave dates back to the early years of the 11C, and whose other parts date from the 14-15C, was demolished in 1876, to make way for a modern, Gothic-style church, completed in 1885 by the construction of a square bell tower of the same style crowned with a beautiful arrow. The modern stained glass windows are with scenes of the old Church.

City of Pluneret on heritage

pluneret

The Chapelle de Sainte-Avoye is located in the village of Sainte-Avoye, in the town of Pluneret.  The chapel of Sainte-Avoye was raised in the 16C by the Lestrelin family, whose crest overcomes the southern gate, owner of the castle of Kerisper which is close to the village. It is a seigneurial Chapel financed by the Comte de Lestrelin (or Lesterlin). On the seigneurial armchair are the coats of arms of the family. They represented four ducks that were crudely removed by knives during the French revolution.

Pluneret

In 1727 the upper parts were replaced by the roof in the current frame, which is topped by an arrow. In 1987, a storm weakened the steeple again; It will be rehabilitated in 1988. In 1746, a hurricane breaks the stained glass windows, during the renovation of 2004 to 2006, they will be redone in the same way as the originals. The interior flooring is in clay. It is an almost unique disposition of a mixture of lime and earth. The arch of the nave in the shape of a ship’s hull, reversed is limed to the old four farms for the nave; the three main farms for the choir, engoulants, carved sand pits dating from 1557.

The Chapel of Saint Avoye houses a Renaissance rood screen in polychrome oak wood. Executed between 1554 and 1557 by a Carpenter, it separates the choir from the nave and  is carved on both sides. The visible face of the nave presents the twelve apostles, the visible face of the choir presents the seven Catholic (or theological) virtues, and five Saints including Saint Yves. The chancel is made up of four panels including a double leaf door. The chapel also houses a statue of Saint Avoye  in polychrome wood dating from the 16C.

Pluneret

The rood screen is a separation between the nave where the faithful stood, and the choir reserved for the Lord of the place and where the religious officiated. It consists of 3 parts:-the fence called chancel,-above the Tribune ,the real pulpit, to which one accessed to preach or sing, by a staircase located sometimes in an outside turret, and the whole being dominated by a group of Crucifixion (Calvary). You will notice that these crucifixion groups often remained in place after dismantling the pulpits in the 19C, thus becoming beams of glory. Sometimes the big cross was hung on a wall. Here, the chancel consists of a double door framed on either side of a fixed panel. At the top, the flanks of the Tribune are carved of 12 characters on each side:-from the nave, one can admire the 12 Apostles,while from the choir one can recognize 7 allegorical statues representing the virtues (the 3 theological virtues that are Faith, Hope and Charity, and the 4 cardinal virtues of Righteousness, Prudence, Strength and Temperance. Saint Fiacre, Saint Laurent and Saint Yves placed between the rich and the poor complete the frieze.

City of Pluneret on the Chapelle

Tourist office of Auray Pluneret on the Chapelle

Pluneret chapelle St Avoye side mars12

There you go another magical ride into in land Morbihan, the real deal, the real Brittany in my belle France. And lots more off the beaten paths things to see here, there is no limits. Hope you have enjoy the short introduction above.

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

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