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December 25, 2019

Church of St Thurien in Plogonnec!

Ok here I am in my road warrior days in my lovely Bretagne in my belle France and finally got to see it close. I cannot count the times passed by it , always curious for its spire tower looking at it from the road D63 in the dept 29 of Finistére, and finally got in the town!

I was coming back home and saw the spire, did a quick turn and went for the town of Plogonnec , finally. So much to see and want to see it all!!! Unfortunately again, there was a service going on so could not and won’t take pictures of the inside, so I guess it will be another time because from the city page it looks gorgeous inside.

I like to tell you a bit about the town of Plogonnec and its Church of Saint Thurien.

Plogonnec is located in the department 29 of Finistère, in the region of Bretagne. It is located 13 km from Quimper and 13 km from Douarnenez and 4 km from Locronan (I was coming from here more later). Plogonnec comes from Breton ploe (parish) and from Saint-Connec or Conec . In Breton it is name Plogoneg.

The first act which signals its existence is found in the cartulary of Quimperlé Abbey. This is a donation made to Saint Ronan on April 12, 1203. In this cartulaire the name of the parish is written “Plue Gunuc”, then “Ploegonohc” and “Ploe Gonoc. The parish of Plogonnec falls under the old regime direct fiefs of the Névet (western and eastern part of the parish) and the princes of Rohan (central part), all under the direct authority of the Bishops of Cornouaille.

The translated description from the city of Plogonnec by yours truly.

The current Church of Saint Thurien , started in the 15C, is distinguished by the opposition of its eastern and western parts. The set includes a nave and two side walls of six spans, a flat chevet decorated with three windows and a false transept. The large, dark aspect of the nave is matched by the large windows of the false transept and the choir. The church presents some remains of the 15C, but dates mainly from the 16C, with the exception of the bell tower, started in 1657, which was deeply altered in the 18C. The sacristy was built in 1864.


The bell tower, rectangular, leans on powerful buttresses. It is accosted by two octagonal turrets, each capped with a ribbed dome and bulbous, crowned with a lantern. It has many inscriptions, including that of the western tympanum, under the statue of Saint Thurien. Here is the translation: “O Saint Thurien, keep your tower and your church, so that the features of Jupiter’s trident will not damage it”.


The north facade has fewer units, due to the staggering of its construction and its alterations.  The apse (east side) is flat, with three large windows framed by buttresses.  The forecourt is decorated to the east with a Gothic triumphal arch from the 16C, enhanced with a coronation and a pediment from 1730. From the old cemetery, which until the 1920s occupied the north and east of the wall, there remain two betyls (sacred stones), one with grooves, the other surmounted by a cross and embedded in the enclosure wall. The south facade has a portion of the 15C wall at the base of the bell tower. The porch dates from 1581. Its semicircular opening is framed by two Gothic niches containing statues of Saint Catherine and Saint Anne. It has retained its interior carved wooden door. The rest of the facade is made up of three large bays surmounted by gables with creepers with hooks.

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The statues in polychrome stone are Saint Thurien (18C), Saint Etienne (18C), Saint Claude (16C), Saint Maudez (16C), Saint Herbot (17C). and In polychrome wood are Christ on the Cross, Madonna and Child known as Our Lady of the Rosary, and San Sebastian.

The furniture inside has on the central altarpiece, with its painted woodwork from the beginning of the 18C and its two niches with golden pilasters and garlands. The side altars of the 17C and the woodwork of the 19C (restored in 1996). Against the walls, the stalls. In the choir, used for worship, the tracery altar with sculptures from 1990.

The pulpit to preach from 1780 with the Doctors of the West on the panels of the tank. Two half-domed confessionals dating from the 18C. The ancient granite baptismal font. On the wall, near the south door, a 17C painted panel: it contains nine scenes from the life of Saint Maudez and probably comes from an altarpiece dedicated to an altar dedicated to the same saint. The whole was restored in 1994.

The city of Plogonnec on the Church of Saint Thurien in French: City of Plogonnec on Church St Thurien

Other things to see in French ,and map location of Plogonnec here: City of Plogonnec on heritage


And there you go another wonderful architecturally stunning building or Church of Saint Thurien in off the beaten path town of the Finistére breton! You just need a car but the possibilities are endless in this region of Bretagne. Enjoy Plogonnec

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



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December 25, 2019

Again Christmas at Locronan!

And once again I came to this wonderful town during Christmas market period, we missed it but we are getting back into our lives after the passing of a very dear person, my wife Martine.

Locronan was special because it is traditional and respected by all here. The Christmas market is small as the town is with less than 1K inhabitants but the dimensions of its fame are huge. We have come here every year since we were here and have a couple of entries on it, we skip 2018 and are back this year 2019.

I will put those previous posts here and then add the new photos. Hope you enjoy it as we do and Merry Christmas! At Locronan it seems more real!!



A day after the hectic Christmas we decided to go out, I went with the Young men in the family on a car ride into Finistére, about 1h30 from our house is Locronan. This is a famous town here, only about 800 inhabitants but famous for its Grande Tromédie (second sunday of July) a religious and historical procession of 12 kms. Post: Locronan in the Finistere of Bretagne

And of course, we look at the Christmas chalets even if in the afternoon they were not light up yet. It is nice quaint but a bit smallish and we have other town as favorite here for that …..see my posts. We are only about over an hour from our house so another wonderful backyard town to stop by, Locronan. Post: Locronan back again at Christmas season

Before anything else, here is the city of Locronan and 2019 Christmas lights feast! City of Locronan and Christmas lights 2019

And the tourist office of Locronan on the Christmas lights : Tourist office of Locronan on the Christmas LIghts 2019

This year 2019, there will be plenty again in wonderful little Locronan!

More than 5 km of garlands and light curtains will illuminate the Little City of Character with the magic of Christmas. On the program: concert of sacred gypsy songs, street shows and Breton dances, fairground rides and Santa Claus on a pony! Christmas magic works every time in the wonderful little city of character, it’s magic and free!



In all the streets and all the squares of the historic heart, the light decorations will compete in beauty in the purest and most traditional Christmas spirit! Spicy and gourmet scents will guide you throughout your journey, for a ride that promises to be enchanting. Traders and art craftsmen will welcome you on the Christmas market made up of 25 chalets and in their shop or workshop to find magnificent gifts.



A wonderful youtube video from last year’s Christmas celebration, wonderful!

Some additional webpages to help you plan your trip here and it is a must I say!

the dept 29 Finistére: Dept 29 Finistére on Locronan

The region of Bretagne: Tourist office of Brittany on Locronan and Christmas

There you go a whole package for you to try it and be glad you did. Locronan in the Finistére of my lovely Bretagne in my belle France!

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




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