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August 4, 2020

Erdeven: Chapelle de la Vraie Croix!

Moving right along in my road warrior tendencies and using my local area for input to expand on previous posts where credit was not done me think. I have come again to Erdeven, a beach resort with many nice monuments, of which, one is the Chapelle de la Vrai Croix or Chapel of the True Cross.

Erdeven is in my dept 56 Morbihan just south of me on the coast. The name of Erdeven comes from the Breton “ar en tewen” or on the dune.

Just across the Church St Pierre et St Paul (see post) is the Chapelle of Lann Groez or the True Cross, Vrai Croix in French. There are other 7 chapels in the area !!! The Chapelle de la Vraie Croix (or True Cross) in Breton Langroës. It is also called the chapel of the True Cross, Notre-Dame de Pitié or Chapel of the Congregation. The south door is built in basket handle. It is adorned with a cabbage brace topped with a floret. Two pilasters decorated with circles and diamonds surround it. Above: a shield and a phylactery carried by two angels.

Erdeven

The Chapel of the True Cross dates from the middle of the 16C such as the south door. Its founders are not identified so the chapel stays pretty much undocumented. As the cadastral plan of 1811 indicates, its corner almost touched the apse of the parish Church St Pierre et St Paul, while an alley allowed to bypass it. In 1826, the city council decided to abandon the chapel of the Virgin located at the bottom of the town and to restore that of the True Cross which is now dedicated to Notre Dame de Pitié or Our Lady of Pity and is used for Congregation meetings. It was probably at this time that the chapel was first shortened on the side gable for traffic reasons. However, in 1957, the western facade was further set back 5 meters. Currently disused, the chapel has lost a large part of its furniture.

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Today, the Chapel of the True Cross has a short rectangular plan, with a polygonal apse. The chapel is constructed of medium-sized freestone, with slate wedges. It is covered with a long pan roof, with a gable and croups on the cut sides . It has a small sacristy hidden in the northeast corner. Trace of a door and a rectangular bay with a large interior opening now permanently closed. The south facade has a door, in place, adorned with Renaissance decor. The western facade with its steeple supported by a slightly protruding massif, is a reassembly of that built in the 19C. An exterior bench is partially preserved on the south side. Inside, there is a vestige of a holy water baptismal font, the decoration of which is broken, of a columned credenza, the upper part of which is also truncated by the boring of a window. A recent paneled cradle hides the old roofing devices.

A bit of info from the Bay of Quiberon tourist office not really worth it than for the directions; I have my information from brochures in the Chapel as text above. Bay of Quiberon tourist office on the Chapel

The city of Erdeven with tourist office practical information: City of Erdeven with tourism practical information

And there you go a brief note in my blog for another nice monument in my lovely Morbihan of my beautiful Bretagne and my belle France. A never ending travelogue of exquisite things to see.Hope you have enjoy the brief tour of Erdeven and the chapel and do see my other posts on Erdeven, on the dune!

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

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August 4, 2020

Little Elven, big heritage!!!

Let me bring back some memories of my work. A while back, hard to remember dates, a collegue working in my dept told me he was from Elven? huh? He show me the map and told me there was nice things to see and a very good restaurant. Needless to say we as a family went and true to local knowledge it was nice. Later our CFO decided to have a party for the group and voilà the restaurant was chosen again, and again it was wonderful. But enough of the restaurant let me tell you a bit more on little Elven, big heritage!!!

We went looking for the fortress tower of Largoët, built in the 13-16C and residence of the Lords of Largoët,and most notable here lived  Jean IV de Rieux, tutor of the duchess Anne de Bretagne ( and queen of France twice!). The fortress was mentioned first in 1020! Here between 1474 and 1476 , this Jean IV lord of Rieux held prisioner Henri Tudor duke of Richmond and future king Henry VII of England. In 1490, king Charles VIII demolished the castle but it was later restored under Anne de Bretagne. Nicolas Fouquet (vaux le vicomte unfame) purchased the castle in 1656 and after his death it is sold to Michel de Trémeurec and since the castle was never sold and remains in the family that hold it today. On November 30 1799 there was a big battle here during the war of the west against the revolution by the local Chouans known as the battle of the Tour d’Elven.

Elven

Elven

The official site of the Forteresse de Largoët in French here: Forteresse de Largoet Elven

You have a beautiful simple Church of  Saint-Alban, rebuilt in the 17C and again in the 19C, it still hold the roman choir of the original Church, see the mechanical clock and replica in wood of the Church. The Church of Saint-Alban, is dedicated to Alban de Verulamium, the patron Saint of the city. The Normans destroyed by fire the first wooden church. In 1121, a Romanesque church was rebuilt, again destroyed by a fire in 1525. A church of Gothic style was elevated, of which only today the Romanesque Choir remains. In 1536 is built a neo-Gothic nave and then, in 1642, a bell tower. In the 19C, the work suffering from the time was renovated, the nave and the transept were rebuilt. The bell tower is completed in 1877 and the Church will be consecrated in 1879.

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Elven ch St Alban side ent apr16

Elven

Elven

The new modern Church of Saint Alban having kept the apse of the old building. Inside, very ornate sandpits with leaves and figures. Two floors of sculptures in high reliefs separated by a moulding. On the lower floor, chimeras supporting ecus; foliage with human heads; garlands of foliage and fruit; birds. On the upper floor, and advancing like on a balcony, curly hair Angels seen from the front and half-body, holding unarmoured ecus; various characters, half-body, in Renaissance costumes, in various attitudes, forming as a gallery of French Renaissance portraits. The Church of St. Alban, rebuilt in the 17C and 19C.

Elven

Elven

And the pretty  Chapelle of Sainte Anne built in 1902. Located 200 meters from St Alban’s Church. Built in neo-Gothic style, its remarkable gable dominates the Ker Anna district. The door is surmounted by an accolade with finial resting on pilasters with flowered pinnacles.  A Cornish bell tower soars into the sky, extended by an arrow confined to small gables and gargoyles. Inside, the stained-glass windows retrace the history of Sainte-Anne. The one in the choir presents the donors, in particular Monsieur de Charette as a pontifical zouave.

Elven

Elven

This is the city of Elven on its heritage with the above church and chapel in French: City of Elven on its religious heritage

Just briefly as had it on another post. The  Le Lion d’Or Hotel et Restaurant at 5 place Adrien le Franc, Elven, just across from the place de l’église and the Church of St Alban. Their Facebook page is here: Facebook page of Le Lion d’Or restaurant Elven

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And this time we got our baguettes here! At the Boulangerie Le Texier , place de l’église just around from above resto and church. Very nice good breads even some with chorizos Inside yummy!!!  And their Facebook page is here: Facebook page of Boulangerie Le Texier Elven

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And voilà, wanted to update this one as carries memorable moments for me that just wanted to keep that memories and some photos. Hope you enjoy it. Oh by the way Elven is on the road N166 coming from Rennes so if heading for the beaches of Morbihan, direction Vannes or Lorient ,this should be an excellent rest stop and why not the restaurant and bakery come in handy me think. Enjoy it

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

August 4, 2020

Damgan oh yes Morbihan!

A bit weird posted this entry and it first show 28 july when is not a date per se now reposting as original intented. Hope you enjoy it. via Damgan oh yes Morbihan!

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