Plumelin: Church of Saint Mélaine!

So here I am on my road warrior days in the Morbihan. My dept 56 doing all kinds of trips all over wearing mask of course but all out. The views on the roads are wonderful and all is very close to home. So let me bring out these beauties in more details and with new pictures. Hope you enjoy my routing on these wonderful monuments of my Bretagne!

I like to tell you more on the Church of Saint Mélaine in Plumelin.

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The town of Plumelin is located west of Locminé, and is bordered by Moustoir-Ac, La Chapelle-Neuve, Évellys and Moréac. Another anecdote of the family is that we first came to the Morbihan and started looking for a house, we felled in love with one here but realise it was in the middle of the woods far from city center or bourg and the bus stop was one km away so we resisted. The house was built in 2010 was superbe!

Plumelin is an old parish, which dates back to the arrival of the Vikings in Brittany, dedicated to Saint Mélaine the bishop of Rennes in the 5C. In 1791, Plumelin found himself in the middle of an insurgent country, and provided many volunteers to the religious and royal cause, under the leadership of René Le Divy. In 1799, they had more than one opportunity to compete with the Blues (French revolutionaries and as France is known today). In 1801, Plumelin was maintained in the canton of Locminé, arrondissement of Pontivy. When the cult was restored in 1802, it lost the Chapelle-Neuve district, but it recovered in 1808, only to lose it again in 1848, as a branch, and in 1867 as a town. It is on its territory that the Daughters of Jesus, leaving Bignan, established their mother house in 1857. Today Kermaria is a considerable establishment, provided with a beautiful structure.

The Breton emigrants, who came to settle here in the 6C, formed a plou or a parish, and put themselves under the protection of Saint Mélaine, bishop of Rennes, who died in 530. This is where the name comes from current of Plumelin or Plou-Melen. In the 10C, the Normans, who ravaged Locminé, did not have to spare the surroundings, and Plumelin had to have his share of suffering. It was only after their departure that the religious and political restoration of the country began.

The Church of Saint Mélaine has a rotunda chapel to the south of the choir, rebuilt between 1744 and 1759. It is a Latin cross-shaped church with a semi-circular choir. Only the southern brace has retained a large flamboyant third-point window. Its bell tower has the particularity of barely exceeding the roof and, to the south, is grafted a rotunda dating from the Renaissance. The confessionals date from the 18C. The altarpiece of the high altar, dates from 1740 (restored in 1896): two 15C statues, Saint Mélaine and Saint Quidy, surround a painting representing a Descent from the Cross.

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One of the chapels, once dedicated to Saint Michael, is today to the Blessed Virgin; the other is under the name of the Trinity. In 1744, during the reconstruction of the nave, the chapel of Saint-Yves and that of the Trinity were demolished, and the chapel of Saint-Louis was transformed into a sacristy. The altar leaning against the wall of the nave was dedicated to Notre Dame and was in front of the Chapel of the Trinity.

The city of Plumelin on heritage: City of Plumelin on heritage

The tourist office of Central Morbihan on PlumelinTourist office of Central Morbihan on Plumelin

And there you go folks, another roundabout of beauties in my neck of the woods. Always something to see in my lovely Bretagne, just need more time!!! Stay tune there is more, oh yes my Morbihan! Hope you enjoy the post and the series.

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

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2 Comments to “Plumelin: Church of Saint Mélaine!”

  1. What a lovely blue sky, it also happens in Brittany 🙂

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