Languidic and ND des Fleurs!

Ok so let’s give it a breather to the restaurants post even if I really enjoy nostalgia. I was wandering with my father in tow to take him out for his 84th birthday and I past by this town again. Again! it is only 14 km or about 9 miles from my house but darn it ,so much to see and do here, I could not find a post on it in my blog!!! So this is it, I need to tell you about Languidic, in the Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne/Brittany/Breizh!

Languidic , by its area, is the largest town of the Morbihan and since 1 January 2016, the fourth largest in Brittany. Established on the left bank of the Blavet river, the town is bordered by a towpath of 18 km, the main tourist activity. In addition, fourteen chapels, housing rich liturgical furniture, are scattered throughout the territory. The most remarkable remains the Chapel Notre-Dame-des-Fleurs (see below). It   is located 35 km from Vannes, 30 km from Pontivy and 18.5 km from Lorient, 10 km from Hennebont , and   14 km from my town!. The expressway N 24, connecting Rennes to Lorient, crosses Languidic for about 15 km and from my town the road D 102, takes yo there easily.

A bit of history I like

The parish of Languidic seems to exist at least as early as the 9C. The War of Succession of Brittany; initially supporters of Jeanne de Penthièvre, Henry de Spinefort, captain of the city of Rennes, and his brother Olivier, captain of the city of Hennebont, rally shortly after Jean de Montfort (keep Brittany independent). They defend the city of Hennebont during the siege of Charles de Blois (bring Brittany to France) ; the Languidic campaigns are then plundered by the Breton and French soldiers. During the eighth war of religion (1585-1598), the governor of Brittany, the duke of Mercœur, put himself at the head of the Breton league. Philip II (Felipe II)  of Spain, who supports and finances the League, sends him troops. From 1590, the cities of Blavet (former name of Port-Louis) and Hennebont are fiercely disputed; the soldiers do not hesitate to loot the villagers of Languidic. The Chouannerie (local rebels vs the French revolution) was gaining more and more supporters, especially in the countryside, and threatens communal power. With the fall of the First Empire, the municipal council affirms its attachment to the Royalist regime. In 1820, Languidic participates in the national subscription of the castle of Chambord; it votes in 1822 subsidies for the erection of a monument to the dead of the Quiberon expedition (Breton immigrants coming from England to fight vs the French revolution )and a monument to Georges Cadoudal (chouan general fought vs the French revolution buried in Auray).

Other things to see I like here

The megalithic alignments and tumuli of the Grand Resto or Lann-Venet (Neolithic period), also called menhirs of Kersolan or soldiers of Saint Cornély, are composed of three alignments of menhirs of 29, 69 and 43 stones each. The St. Peter’s (St Pierre) Church was built between 1876 and 1879 and replaces two older churches. The first was erected around 1329, about the same location The second was built in the 15C, perhaps in 1453 or 1433. Today, the church is home to one of rarest bells in the region prior to the Revolution. “Kolas” (or Nicolas) dates from 1783 and was not melted because it was used for civil ring tones. The silver chalice and the ciborium pewter, respectively of the 17C and 18C. In 1933, a Calvary is built on the Place General-de-Gaulle. The Chapel of Saint-Jacques (St James) 17-18C, in the heart of the hamlet of Kergohanne, replaces an older construction and was part of stage of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.   The Chapel houses the polychrome wooden statue of Saint Isidore, dating from the 19C. A Calvary of 1745 greets visitors at the entrance while the devotional fountain is not far, arranged near a large pool, probably a laundry. There are numerous castles but these are worth the detour ;  the castle of Kerrous   19C, the castle of Quellenec 15-18C, and the castle of La Forêt 17-19C. At the cemetery, there is the tomb of Marie-Thérèse-Perrine-Josephine Hersart de la Villemarqué, daughter of the philologist Théodore Hersart de La Villemarqué.

And to me what is worth coming here is the Chapel of Notre Dame des Fleurs! worth a detour.

Languidic

In town, the Chapel of Notre-Dame-des-Fleurs, flamboyant Gothic style, was built in the 15C (begun in 1451 and restored in the 18-19C) . A Calvary, dating from the 17C, stands at the entrance. It is located at the corner of the Rue des Fleurs and rue Saint-Aubin, and a few meters from the presbytery.

The construction of the Chapel of Notre Dame des Fleurs was in devotion to the Virgin Mary. The chapel was restored once in 1741. At the French revolution, the cult of reason and the Supreme Being is intended to replace Catholic religion; St. Peter’s Church is considered too large, the temple of the reason of Languidic was installed in the Chapel. When not in service, the rest of the time, the Chapel was used as a school. In 1794, the constitutional priest refused to deliver his priesthood letters to the authorities. Arrested and locked up at the Notre-Dame-de-Joye abbey, he resigned himself to questioning the documents. However, to punish him for his attitude, he is forbidden to officiate at the church. For nearly two years he gives the sacraments in the chapel. In the 19C, the chapel was once again restored to repair the damage suffered during the French revolution, and on this occasion, the chapel is equipped with a new bell. The Chapel undergoes a third restoration from 1892. It had some further restoration lastly in 1993.

Languidic

Done in Flamboyant Gothic style, the Chapel of Notre Dame des Fleurs (flowers) was built on a Latin cross-shaped plan comprising of a single nave, a transept and a flat chevet choir. It is 25 meters long and 6.5 meters wide. Large windows with flamboyant lattices light the chapel. The gate of the southern cross is composed of two bays in a basket form under a large brace with perforated tympanum. The tower, built on a cornice projecting from the western gable, is flanked to the north by a turret in the style of the 15C. A stone tribune, composed of four decorated panels, on small vaults of ogives and three square pillars, topped with pinnacles with hooks, occupies, in the west, the whole width of the bottom of the nave. You can, also note the stone lecterns, worn on columns with capitals carved with foliage, the nave and the north cross. The interior is organized in four bays: two for the nave and two for the transept.

Languidic

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

City of Languidic on its history in French

Local tourist office of Lorient south Brittany on Languidic

City of Languidic on the Chapel Notre Dame des Fleurs in French

Another nice gem of my beautiful Morbihan that does not stop to amaze me for its beauty whether by the coast or inland. Languidic is easy on and off the N24 direct from Rennes or the N165 coming from Vannes. Worth a detour town indeed ,enjoy it.

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

 

 

3 Comments to “Languidic and ND des Fleurs!”

  1. Hope you had a lovely day with your father. Nice place too!

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