Pluneret: Church St Pierre et St Paul!

And continue my tour of traditional Bretagne in my belle France. I am on my road warrior trips in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56. I have written bits and pieces but feels deserves more so here is my new update and photos on the Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Pluneret.

Pluneret

Pluneret is close to the coast bounded in the west by the Auray river (le Loch), and to the east by the Riviére du Bono (le Sal) an extention of the Gulf of Morbihan. It is only 15 km from Vannes and 5 km from Sainte Anne d’Auray. The territory is bordered by the towns of Sainte-Anne-d’Auray and Plumergat, as well as Crac’h, Auray and Brech, also, Plescop and Plougoumelen, and finally Le Bono. The village of Sainte-Anne or Keranna, which has long been part of the town of Pluneret, was established as a town apart on February 26, 1950 under the name of Sainte-Anne-d’Auray. It is in what is now Pluneret that Yves Nicolazic was born , the seer of Sainte-Anne of which later a Basilica was built (see post).

Pluneret is very central and we passed by it several times as it comes very near Auray, even if admit not much in city center lately. It is bounded by the expressway N165 / E60, allowing rapid connections to Nantes , Vannes and Lorient and further to Brest. The SNCF Quimper-Paris line ,with passage of the TGV which stops at Auray (and have taken it here), that is to say 5 minutes from Pluneret. The traditional Sainte-Anne de Pluneret train station has long been the arrival station for pilgrims to Sainte-Anne d’Auray, hence the statue that surmounts it. It is served for travelers by the TER Bretagne, line 12 between Lorient and Vannes. The architecture is unique in Brittany. It is one of the few stations in France to be surmounted by a religious statue! The station was built in 1862.

You have a bit of history I like

Pluneret was part of the territory of Vannes and the Senechaussee of Auray. In 1790, it was set up as a town and even as the county seat of the district of Auray, and had in its constituency Plougoumelen and Plumergat. Pluneret, like all the neighboring towns, took part in the Royalist movement. Pluneret passed, in 1800, in the district of Lorient, and lost in 1801 its title of canton, to be part of that of Auray. In 1815, on May 25, the Royalists, gathered at Sainte-Anne, put to flight a column of federates and soldiers from Lorient.

What I came to see is the Church of Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul from the 19C, built on the site of a former 11C church. The old church of Pluneret, whose nave dates back to the first years of the 11C, and the other parts of which date from the 14-15C, was demolished in 1876, to make way for a modern building, in Gothic style, completed in 1885 by the construction of a square bell tower in the same style crowned with a beautiful spire, and also, modern stained glass windows.

Pluneret

Pluneret

The old Church of Saint Pierre and Saint Paul was shaped like a Latin cross and belonged to various eras. The oldest part was the nave, separated from the aisles by five heavy semicircular arches, supported on massive square pillars, without any ornament: it was of primitive Romanesque architecture, probably dating from the 10C, after the expulsion of the Normans. On the four pillars of the intertransept rose a square turret, surmounted by a slate spire. The rest of the building had been retouched in the 15C.

Pluneret

The city of Pluneret on its history: City of Pluneret on its history

The tourist office of the Bay of Quiberon on Pluneret :Tourist office of the Bay of Quiberon on Pluneret

And there you go folks, now i feel better to fully showcase this agglomation town of Auray county which is full of history and pleasant city center enough for a rest stop and see the church monument of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Pluneret.

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

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