Loudéac, a Chapel , and more!!!

This was a short business trip and found another little corner of Bretagne, right in the center of it, and later decided to show the family, a new place such as Loudéac, and nice to be there on your way to the coasts. We headed for Loudéac, along the D778.

The town of Loudéac is located in the Côte d’Armor dept 22 of the region of Bretagne. Loudéac is at about 20 km from Pontivy, 37 km from   Saint-Brieuc, 58 km from Vannes, 80 km from Rennes and 383 km from Paris. The town of Loudéac is located in Gallo country, on the linguistic border which separates the regions where one spoke Breton (in the west) from those where one spoke Gallo (in the east). Gallo is taught in public colleges and high schools in Loudéac. Breton was spoken in the town until the 15C.

Here we visited the nice Church of Saint Nicolas,(see post) , and the Chapelle Notre Dame des Vertus, which I would like to tell you more now but before a bit on the town of Loudeac. A bit on the history that believe not have told you before.

At the beginning of the Middle Ages, the territory that would become Loudéac and its surroundings was used as a hunting rendezvous in the Brocéliande forest. It was not until the mid-11C that the foundation of Loudéac as a city was fully recognized. This city, which was long in the hands of the Dukes of Rohan, was renowned for its fairs and markets. In 1263 Loudéac, at the time still called Lodeiac, obtained the title of parish. In 1591, Jean d’Avaugour’s gangsters attempted to take the Château de Loudéac, but failed. This battle is called the Battle of the Three Crosses and sees the victory of Jean V de Coëtquen, supporter of the King of France. A 20C monument commemorates this battle to this day at the intersection of rue Anatole Le Bratz and rue Docteur Robin.

During the French revolution, at the beginning of the anticlerical persecution, many priests went into exile to escape death. Others were hidden by the inhabitants of Loudéac. Constables deployed to seek and deport priests often closed their eyes instead of arresting them. In 1790, the canton of Loudéac is created and the city of Loudéac is established chief town. It remained so for ten years, until 1800. That year, the city became the capital of the district. On August 25, 1802, the Duke of Rohan was forced to cede the Château de Loudéac to Louis Henri Janzé. Some time later, on the night of September 19 to 20, 1802, the Château de Loudéac was destroyed by fire.

The district of Loudéac was created in 1802 , was abolished in 1926; and then became part of the district of Saint-Brieuc. As the region of Bretagne was far from the western front of the war,in WWI , the region’s industry remains safe from destruction. Almost 600,000 Bretons are incorporated, mainly in the army but also in the navy. Of these soldiers, approximately 140,000 lost their lives during this conflict. This rate of about 22% is higher than the French average (between 16 and 17%).  On July 4, 1944 there was a crime in the place called La Porcherie when seven resitant fighters were ambush andn killed by the nazis .In memory of the seven resistance fighters killed that day, a granite ordeal has been rising since August 1945 at La Porcherie, the scene of the crime.

The Chapelle Notre Dame des Vertus is not far in city center.  At the place there was a religious building dating from 1693 that was demolished due to bad conditions. In 1740, the cementary was done around the Chapel and finally closed out in 1804.  A new chapel is built in 1880 and open to the public in 1885. Many Sisters orders came here over the years, and a procession of the Virgin until 1954. It is a simple chapel full of calm and history. There is this description on a plaque outside of it.


The city page has more which I translate here the main parts:

From 1740 the cemetery was established around the chapel, Place Notre-Dame des Vertus. Indeed, the last burial in the Church dates back to 1737, after a first judgment of the Parliament of Brittany in 1719, prohibiting them inside the buildings of worship. The cemetery was moved in 1804.   In 1878, the town gave up a strip of land for free. The chapel was rebuilt in 1880. It was not until March 1885 that the new chapel was opened.   The first restoration which took place dates from 1949. These are the stained glass windows destroyed in 1944 as well as the interior of the chapel. In 1945, the bells were remelted and the Belfry was electrified. Recently, a new tabernacle was installed thanks to the subscription of the parishioners.


The Notre-Dame des Virtues Chapel was the old gathering place for the Trottine good sisters or good sisters in the open air wearing a special headdress. Tertiary of various orders, they vowed poverty and chastity, gave religious instruction, rendered many services to families, and were the example of perfect Morals. The forgiveness of Our Lady of Virtues, was the Assembly of Loudéac. During the Pardon, the statue of the Virgin was carried in procession in peasant costume. Forgiveness took place on the second Sunday in May at least until 1954. This procession was moved to May 31, after dark, among the illuminated houses, before disappearing. Note the neo-Gothic style of the Notre Dame des Virtues Chapel, the false vaults of warheads in the transept and small low chapels in each wing of the main chapel. This and more in French at the city of Loudéac in French here: City of Loudéac on the Notre Dame des Virtues Chapel

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And there you another dandy place to be in my beloved Bretagne and this time north at dept 22 Côte d’Armor! At only 57 km from my house or about 55 minutes. Hope you enjoy the post on Loudéac , a really off the beaten path dandy of a place.

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

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