Pluvigner and two chapels!

So let’s stay in my lovely Morbihan dept 56 of my beautiful Bretagne and tell you about two country chapels that endure the tradition of these Breton lands. All very near me  ,in fact its my town!

A bit of instroduction: Pluvigner is located between Pontivy and Auray to mention the bigger towns in the department of Morbihan , closer to Auray. The name of the town is of Breton origin ,and comes from the toponymic name Ploe, and from the anthroponym Guigner, referring to Saint Guigner, patron saint of the town. The name of the town in Breton is Pleuwigner.

Some historical anecdotes of the town. The Pluvigner treasury contained hidden coins at the end of the War of Succession of Brittany (de Blois vs Montfort) between 1360 and 1364; it contained in particular 259 Flemish currencies, which constituted 84% of the whole of this monetary treasury. On January 23, 1943, an American B-17 bomber, damaged during a mission and chased by two Nazi planes, crashed in woods of Kéronic. Seven airmen were killed and three survived. Two stelae were inaugurated on November 5, 1994 in the presence of Charles Roth survivor and Mel Schulstad, usual pilot but absent the day of the mission. The steale stone still here!

And the event that put us in the map at least in Europe happened on September 19, 2019 a F-16 fighter plane of the Belgian Air Force, departing from the base of Florennes and having to refuel at Lann-Bihoué, crashed at a place called Le Poteau up the D16 road towards Landaul. The cause told was engine  failure, partially destroying a house during the crash; the two pilots were able to eject in time, one of them remaining suspended by his parachute for two hours on a high voltage line. And we later found out, the planes were armed, and it took military personnel all over to “clear the area” of you know what….We were in TV’s all over!!!

Now, let me tell you about the chapels ok. First the one closest to me literally behind my house road. Oh yes just translating the page from the city of Pluvigner on both ok.

The Chapelle de St. Guénaël, rebuilt at the end of the 19C in an isolated place and mentioned in 1930, nearest to me. The name in Breton language is Chapel Sant Wenael.


In 1888, the Chapel of St Guénaël was in ruins. A farmer from the Parc farm then took the initiative to sell one of his seven farms so that he could rebuild the chapel elsewhere. Originally, the chapel was located on the edge of the Le Pratello estate. As Saint Guénaël removed the cataclysms.  The exterior can said to have a pinnacle rising at the top of the west gable. It consists of three parts: a square stump, a chamber of bells delimited by two cornices and a short conical arrow. Inside, it can be said that the chapel is made up of six spans. The windows represent different saints: Saint Guénaël is represented on the north side and on the south side, Saint Guigner. In addition to the statues, including that of the saint celebrated here (and town main church see post), the chapel contains a rough stone altar.


City of Pluvigner on St Guénaël in French : City of Pluvigner on chapel of St Guenael

The Chapelle de Notre-Dame-de-la-Miséricorde , 17C. The name in Breton language is Chapel Itron Varia Miserikord. The chapel was built by the lord of Grand Ville in 1600, then bought by the Le Gouvello family from Pierre de Kériolet, living in the nearby Kerlois castle (see post). This chapel would have been the place of prayer of Pierre de Kériolet, nicknamed the “devil of Kerlois”, who led a life of debauchery before converting and being ordained priest in 1637. The chapel, marked by its seigniorial origins, presents an architecture between two stylistic eras: flamboyant gothic and renaissance.


The exterior offers four buttresses to support the angles. On the south side, there is a wall bench and a drip tray decorated with four masks. There is also a sundial with the date 1600. The two doors of the chapel are in the Renaissance style. One is semi-circular and the second is a basket handle. The windows keep on the contrary a Gothic style with their broken arch and their wide rectilinear splayings. Near the imposing chestnut tree which adjoins the building is a cross.  In the interior you will be able to discover the furniture of the chapel as well as sculpted sand pits, 14 heads and vine branches. There is also an inscription which shows that the chapel was wooded in 1603. The chapel houses an altarpiece dated from the 18C, where the statues of Notre-Dame-de-la-Miséricorde (Our Lady of Mercy ) and Saint Isidore, saint of farmers are placed . A rood screen with tribune also adorns the chapel. It dates from 1623. Moved to the 18C, the twelve sculpted apostles are presented in this gallery. One of the chapel’s other attractions is the remains of the mural on the north wall.


The city of Pluvigner on Our Lady of Mercy in French: City of Pluvigner on the Chapel of Our Lady of Mercy

So there you have it, two chapels of my dear  Pluvigner (the smallest town I have lived since my birthplace!). There are so many, almost on every farm! These two are the closest to me and just took a nice ride into the farming area not far from my house. Hope you enjoy this off the beaten path tour and do come for nature’s beauty with car..

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


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