Saint Martin sur Oust, Saint Gravé, Saint Malo de Beignon, Saint Nolff, and Trédion in my Morbihan!

And back at you with more of my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of the region of Brittany in my belle France. So many wonderful towns indeed in France, and I am just starting, needless to say will take a lifetime or more to see them all but each one is an enjoyment of life. I like to share with you this time, the towns of Saint Martin sur Oust, Saint Gravé, Saint Malo de Beignon, Saint Nolff, and Trédion in my Morbihan! The end of the line but not done yet, more will be coming later on my Morbihan!!!

Saint-Martin-sur-Oust is apparently a dismemberment of the Gallo-Roman parish of Glénac. In feudal times, the territory depends on the Rieux family . Saint-Martin-sur-Oust is erected in town  in the French revolutionary period of 1790. Saint-Martin, also known as Saint-Martin-sur-Oust, because of the river that bound it to the south, is contiguous to Saint-Laurent, Ruffiac, Saint-Nicolas-du-Tertre, Les Fougerêts, Peillac, Saint-Gravé and Saint-Gongard. The town is located close to the Canal, 10 km La Gacilly and 54 km from Vannes.

The Church of St. Martin built from the 15C to 1959, renovated in 1853 for the bell tower and transept, then finally rebuilt in 1959. From the 15C Church, there was only one third-point door at the beginning of the 20C and a stained glass window with a radiant lattice. The nave and the choir had been rearranged in the 18C. The cross-braces and the bell tower were also redone in 1853. The bell tower has three broken hanger openings. On the façade, the fenestration is underlined by clear stones. The pinion, backed by two buttresses, is pierced by two oculi. The door and the cowl date back to the 15C. The altarpiece dates from the 17C,  it presents in its center a painting appearing a crucifixion and the lateral niches house the statues of St. John the Baptist and Saint Michael. There are some old wooden statues including a statue of St. Martin with his sword and his coat to give to the poor. A simple ogive door, and a window of the same style with clover and triodes mullets. The lateral altars were dedicated one to the Rosary, the other to Saint Blaise and St. William, a 3rd to St. Julien and St. Margaret, a 4th, removed since then, to St. Barbara, they are today under the words of the Blessed Virgin, the Sacred Heart and St. Peter.

City of Saint Martin sur Oust on heritage


The town of Saint-Gravé, it seems, is a dismemberment of the primitive parish of Pleucadeuc. In 837, the cartulary of the Abbey of Redon reported the presence of the monks in the territory of Saint-Gravé.  The parish is mentioned in the 11C. It seems probable that Saint Gravé, Sancta Gravida, is the name of the Virgin responding to the Angel who announced that she was going to be the mother of the Redeemer. Created as a town under the French revolution in 1790, Saint-Gravé was attached to the canton of Rochefort-sur-Terre in 1801. The territory is naturally bounded to the north by the Oust river and to the south by that of Arz river; to the east it borders to Peillac and to the west to Pluherlin and to Saint-Congard. The town is located to the east, 6 km from Rochefort and 40 km from Vannes.

The Church of Saint-Denis b. 1900 replaces an old church destroyed in the late 19C. The old church remains only part of the Sainte-Anne Chapel, dated 1864. The Church houses a polychrome wooden statue of Santa Gravida or Our Lady of Advent. It retains a processional cross in silver of 1664. The parish church, under the term of Saint Denis the Areopagita, preserves some remnants of an ancient church south of the nave. There are also two ogival stained glass windows with flaming mullets, impellers and four leaf clover . The chapels once wore the names of Cancoet, the Brossais and the Saulaye. Today they are dedicated to the Rosary, to St. Anne and to the Sacred Heart.

City of Saint Gravé on heritage

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The Church of Saint-Malo is located in Saint-Malo-de-Beignon.  From 1396, Saint-Malo-de-Beignon is an ecclesiastical court of the Bishop of Saint-Malo, whose manor house is adjacent to the Church. The construction began in the 11C. The portal seems to date from the 13C. Subsequently, the church was renovated several times. The residence of the bishops was burned in 1958 and in large part demolished in 1977. The west façade is Romanesque, stands out by its polychrome apparatus. It is partly hidden in the north by what remains of the residence of the bishops, which also hides a large part of the north wall of the Church. Framed by two powerful buttresses, it presents in its center a portal consisting of a massive masonry in advance whose top in build extends through a flat counterfort to the top of the gable. In the center of the massif, the door is framed by three broken arch arches falling on. Two full-hanger stained glass windows are  on both sides of the church. The south wall in return, pierced by three small full-sized stained glass windows, is of the same time. At the choir level, two large full-scale stained glass windows date back to the 18C. A polychrome altarpiece of the 17C occupies the background of the choir.

Tourist office of Quer Coetquidan Broceliande on St Malo de Beignon heritage

Tourist office of dept 56 Morbihan on the Church in French

St Malo de Beignon

The town of Saint-Nolff comes from Saint Mayeul, Abbot of Cluny. The oldest document concerning Saint-Nolff dates from 1375, evoking a fact dating back to the second quarter of the 13C. It is unclear whether the parish actually existed before 1230. In the middle ages, the lordship of Gourvinec was one of the most powerful in Saint-Nolff. In 1790, the parish of Saint-Nolff was erected in town during the French revolution. The territory of Saint-Nolff, with an irregular contour, is surrounded by the towns of Elven, Treffléan, Theix, Saint-Patern, Saint-Avé and Monterblanc. The town, located at the bottom of a valley, where flows the Condat brook and where the railroad passes, is 6 km from Elven and 19 km from Vannes.

The Church of Saint-Mayeul b. 15-16C, renovated in the 17-19C. A cross-shaped Church, the two transept arms are formed by two juxtaposed bays having each gable and window with mullets on the sides.The bedside is square and pierced by a canopy. It originally included a nave without a aisle, a transept and a flat bedside choir. From this old church there remains only the choir whose bedside is pierced by a window with flamboyant lattice and a door of the south brace. The north cross brace dates from 1677.  At the end of the 19C the two cross-braces were extended to the western façade to form aisles and the Church was vaulted, which made a carved sand-pit structure disappear. The bell tower dates from 1783. A small side door dates from the 16C. The pulpit and the confessional date back to the 19C. The stained glass windows of the choir and transepts are in a broken arch with flamboyant filling and the stained glass is from 1882 to 1886. The confessional and the pulpit date from the 19C. A statue of Saint Mayeul, patron Saint of St. Nolff, is visible in the Church.

The city of St Nolff on heritage

Tourist office of the Gulf of Morbihan on Saint Nolff

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The town of Trédion attested in the form Treduchum in 1121, Tréduihon in the 12C. Trédion is an ancient truce of the parish of Elven, of which it was detached in 1136.  At this truce was added the one of Aguénéac to create a new parish in 1820.  In 1833, the former trier of Trédion and Aguénéac were separated from the town of Elven to form the new town of Trédion from 1836. The town of Trédion is 7 km from Elven and 23 km from Vannes.

The Church of St. Martin new church b. 1870-1873. The Church of Saint-Martin was entrusted from the year 1000 to the Benedictines of the Mont-Saint-Michel. The Romanesque building was largely rebuilt during the second half of the 16C. The sand pits and pillar of the pulpit bear the dates of 1562, 1573 and 1577. The Church consisted in 1860 of a nave and two collateral in large plains and three Romanesque apses; the main apse was vaulted with stones and illuminated by stained glass windows in loopholes, it was preceded by a triumphal arch. An elegant bell tower built in two bells stood between the nave and the choir. The nave of the 2nd half of the 16C preserves in the south a door and a stained glass window of the 15C. The new bell tower was erected between 1869 and 1872. The current Choir is probably contemporary from the bell tower steeple in 1869. The vault of the new choir, joins that of the nave in 1895. Two additional stained glass windows are installed in 1910. The Church is of an elongated plan with a lateral bell-tower and a bedside with cut-out. The bell tower is in neo-Gothic style built in 1892. The nave is separated from the aisles by four arches resting on octagonal pillars. The choir built in 1860 is in Romanesque style, the tower is raised in the same style with stone Spire and pinnacles. It preserves a beautiful chalice in silver from the 16C.



City of Tredion on the Religious heritage

The tourist office of the Gulf of Morbihan on Trédion

There you go the lineup , my last towns to show you, hope you have enjoyed the tour of my beautiful Morbihan dept 56, region of Brittany or Bretagne or Breizh in my belle France. These towns are many like St Nolff very much frequented by me on my rounds here others less on architecture and history visits to them;all wonderful. Do come for the off the beaten path towns of Saint Martin sur Oust, Saint Gravé, Saint Malo de Beignon, Saint Nolff, and Trédion.

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

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