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June 20, 2019

The fountain of Saint Guigner, Pluvigner!

Ok I must be on a nostalgia run of my town, but it has lots of things to see and we are not even finish with seeing them all!!! Mention in previous posts on my nice Pluvigner but feels deserves a post on their own so here it goes folks. Why not write about your own town pretty sights here we have them in bunches! Enjoy it as we do!

Let me tell you a bit brief on my favorite fountain and washhouse of Pluvigner. Fontaine Saint-Guigner et lavoir du Tanin  or the Saint-Guigner Fountain and Tanin Washhouse (Laundry).

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The Fountain Saint Guigner dates from 1526. It is located at the crossroads of the rue des Fontaines and rue du Tanin in my  Pluvigner. The town of Pluvigner has about fifteen wash-houses and fountains! often associated with a chapel. They are therefore close to religious buildings. These constructions are very diverse: some slabs materializing a basin, imposing constructions sometimes associating a wash-house.

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Legend has it that it was from his staff that Saint Guigner (and if read my blog is the founder of the town taking its name from him Plu Breton origin for parish and guigner so Pluvigner came out later like the parish of St Guigner) sprang water from where the devotional fountain now stands. On the day of the Pardon of the Holy Martyr, patients with rheumatism had to drink this water and pass under the seven reliquaries. The ogive aedicule of the fountain, formerly surmounted by a small cross, is completed by a wash-house with three basins. The inscription, which has become almost illegible today, confirms dating from the 16C. A source captured in a round and deep basin of about one meter gushes at the level of the pavement.

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The monument has a washhouse with three basins or call the washhouse of Tanin or Lavoir du Tanin.

The city page on fountains and washhouses here: City of Pluvigner on washhouses and fountains, St Guigner

And hope you enjoy the pretty fountain and washhouse that is right in city center on an old street behind the St Guigner Church (see this post). And do come into the Morbihan dept 56 lovely and Unesco renown indeed. Enjoy the fountain of St Guigner and its washhouse of Tanin!

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

June 20, 2019

Chateau de Rimaison at Pluvigner!

I told you my small town is packed with goodies of old and now. Lots of heritage monuments all over and of course castles we have plenty. Even if most are private properties there is still some who are open to the public sort of…

Let me tell you about another gem of Pluvigner right in city center, the Château de Rimaison.  Done some bits elsewhere in my blog but feel deserve a post of their own. Here is my take on it.

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The Château de Rimaison was abandoned in the 18C, the castle, then located in Bieuzy-les-Eaux, was gradually dismantled and its stones were reused in the surrounding villages. In the mid-1950s, the ruins were bought by Mr Xavier Olivier L’Oreal Commercial Manager and transferred to the current site in Pluvigner.

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The castle is rebuilt with three bodies of buildings connected in part by a two-stilt round path. The castle thus has a north wing, or houses of the Guards, from the 14-15C, a south wing, or House of the Dog, a 16C house and two large towers, the Hermine Tower and the Registry Tower.

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The castle was built in the 16C perhaps in 1579, in place of a first manor house of the previous century . The lands of Rimaison belong to the Rimaison family from the 15C to the 18C. They passed on to the Guergolay family in 1749. It was ruined in 1794 during the French revolution, when it was sold as national property. It then served as a stone quarry for the residents; purchased by Patern Le Mouel in 1817, these stones are used for the construction of the Kerdanet farm the Le Sourn. The castle was sold in 1957 to Xavier Ollivier, who transported the stones to rebuild Kergluyar Castle in Pluvigner.

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The remains of the old castle located in Bieuzy-les-Eaux (today called Pluméliau-Bieuzy) included the ruins of a two-level house in shale and granite, where a Renaissance-style turret remains.The entrance was through a large vestibule accessible by two arcades, from which radiated a grand staircase and through which access to the underground the remains of various other bodies of buildings, including a chapel dedicated to St. Remy, were also found. Only the remains of the vestibule remain in place after the sale and removal of the stones to Pluvigner.

Official Château de Rimaison blog in French

Today, the castle hosts an a typical Créperie shop and restaurant run by the descendants of Xavier Olivier. The setting is superb and the welcome is very warm. Indeed we agree. Do you dream of having lunch or dinner in a castle? Look no further, you’re at the right address. Comfortably installed on the veranda to make the most of this picturesque castle, you can then taste one of the house’s cake specialties. And after the meal, there’s nothing like a little walk in the garden where you can discover the beautiful little chapel that accompanies the Château de Rimaison. We love it here. The Créperie du Château blog in French

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There you go another gem in Pluvigner, if  you to eat you can see the castle properties. They do allow into the  Chapel on heritage days or like us we are clients. They do all kinds of festivities here from weddings to birthdays and school parties. Nice property just across the street from our bakery !!! Enjoy the Château/Créperie de Rimaison.

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

 

 

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