Ploeren: Church of Saint-Martin!

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 Martin in Ploeren.

Ploeren Ch of Saint Martin ent side aug20


The town of Ploeren sits on the edge of the RN 165 Nantes − Brest expressway, a few minutes from Vannes, surrounded by Plescop, Plougoumelen, Baden, Arradon and Vannes. It is service by the same bus network as Vannes ,the Kiceo on bus lines 10 and 11. Which of course never taken, come here by car always. It is a major crossroad of shopping area which we enjoy coming.

A bit of history I like

Ploeren was long before the French revolution when the noble families of Vannes liked to own a farm which brought in a significant income. Even Nicolas Fouquet, Louis XIV’s superintendent of finances, (Vaux-le-Vicomte non fame) was no exception to the rule. This happened in 1656. In the overhaul after 1789 revolution, Vannes incorporated part of the parish of Ploeren, but to rebalance the territory, Tréoguer and Le Lain ,formerly on the parish of Plougoumelen were integrated into the town. Many local folks engage with Georges Cadoudal (Chouan general who fought the French revolution ,see posts). They risk having their property confiscated or even losing their lives. But whatever ! The list is long of the cultivators taken prisoner. The First Empire saw the state of the town stabilize; of course, as everywhere, everyone is reluctant to conscription. But peace sets in and the town becomes prosperous, although it is rather shabby in appearance with its rutted roads.

During WWII, two military planes, one allied, the other enemy, crashed in the town: on August 12, 1941, a Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4 crashed, killing its pilot; on May 29, 1943, a B-17, the Concho Clipper serial 42-29838 of the 8th US Army Air force 351th Bombardment Group, 509th Bomb Squadron (RQ) crashed causing 4 deaths among the crew members. A ceremony common to the two crashes took place on November 18, 2006 in the presence of Charles B. Woehrle, the last survivor of the crew, and the mayor of Dorum, a town twinned with Ploeren, representing the German pilot.

The one thing to see here is the Church of Saint-Martin from the 15C, enlarged in 1753 and 1776. The church was then modified by successive restorations: by the construction of the North transept in 1834, the South transept in 1838 and the sacristy in 1869. Its bell tower was restored in 1855, 1927 and 1957-1959. The paneling and the choir stalls date from 1831. The church houses the statues of Saint Martin, Saint Joseph and a Virgin of the Congregation (work of Le Brun, 1871). The sculpted Crucifix, located at the end of the choir, seems to date back to the 17C.



The Church of Saint-Martin is under the invocation of Saint Martin, bishop of Tours, whose feast arrives on November 11. It is a church, in the shape of a Latin cross, to which a semblance of a low side towards the north has recently been added. The side chapels are dedicated, one to the Rosary, the other to Saint John the Baptist. The doors are pointed; but the general plan is of the Renaissance, with additions made in 1753. The square tower, is surmounted by a slate spire. The northern chapel, known as the Garo, has two shields painted on glass in its window, namely a silver with two sand fess known as Le Garo; and party to the 1st in green, a fess in silver, and a chief in silver charged with a mallet Gules. In the pavement , you see a tombstone, presenting a large cross, with a sword on one side, and on the other a dagger and a grislier.


The city of  Ploeren on history and heritage: City of Ploeren on its heritage and history

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 Martin in Ploeren.

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

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