Locmariaquer and Kerdro!!

So here we are moving right along in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 in my lovely Bretagne and my belle France. Let me show you about my nearby neighbor Locmariaquer. Hope you enjoy it as I do

I like to tell you a bit more with new text and photos on the Church Notre-Dame de Kerdro , a Roman style church built in the 11-12C. . Kerdro is Breton language meaning in French ” Bon Voyage et Bon Retour” or in English means have a good trip and safe return.

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The Church Notre-Dame-de-Kerdro was built between 1082 and 1120 by the monks of Quimperlé, the transept and the choir are the surviving elements. It was altered in the 17-18C with the construction of the nave, and the modification of the Romanesque parts. The bell tower was built in 1817, and the doors were built in 1835.

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The Church Notre-Dame-Kerdro is in the form of a Latin cross, the cross of which bears a square tower done in 1817; topped with a frame and slate bell tower. The bell tower, placed on the ridge of the roof at the level of the crossing of the false transept, has a square structure, its roof is composed of a polygonal base surmounted by a sharp spire. The roof of the building has a double slope. The side walls are pierced with windows. Four buttresses support the Romanesque apse. The exterior walls of the Romanesque part such as the choir and transept, mounted in a small archaic structure with a cubic rubble, scattered bricks and rows of re-used Roman bricks, are older 11C than the interior structure.

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The Church Notre-Dame-de-Kerdro is covered with a frame. It consists of a nave with three aisles 18C, separated by semicircular arches supported by square piers, a Romanesque transept and choir 11-12C. It is covered with a wooden ceiling. The choir of two bays separated by a double arch falling on engaged columns with carved capitals is barrel vaulted. It ends in a dead end.

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The holy water font included in the wall near the entrance dates from the 15C. It is decorated with foliage and grapes . Each of the two braces has an altarpiece surmounted by a painting, dating from the 17C. The painting on the Cross represents the Annunciation, that of the other Cross the Visitation. The twelve windows of the church are fitted with contemporary stained glass, produced in 1960.   The five stained glass windows of the choir represent images linked to the region: boat and fish for fishing, ears of wheat for agriculture, the letters NDK for Notre-Dame- de-Kerdro, bouquet of tiles for oyster farming, dolmen and menhirs for the megaliths.

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A bit of older history goes like in 1082, Harscoet and Teuthael, along with all members of their family, donated to the Abbey Church Sainte-Croix de Quimperlé (see post)  “all that belonged to them from the offerings made at the altar, with a third of the tithes of wheat and other things owed to the church, and this for the salvation of their souls and those of their parents “, in the presence of   Duke Hoël II of Brittany, in the Auray castrum. There was already a first sanctuary, dating back to 856 of which Erispoë, king of Brittany, donated the land of Kaër to the monks of Saint-Sauveur de Redon to establish a priory there that was ravaged by the Normans during the 10C.

From the end of the 11C, the monks of Quimperlé then undertook the construction of a new Romanesque church serving as both priory and parish. In 1120, the works of the Romanesque church were completed. The bell tower, placed on the ridge of the roof at the level of the crossing of the false transept, has a square structure, its roof is composed of a polygonal base surmounted by a sharp spire. The roof of the building has a double slope. The side walls are pierced with windows.

Locmariaquer webpage on the history of the Church Notre Dame de Kerdro in French: http://locmariaquer.info/f58-E-NDKERDRO2.htm

Private site on the Church Notre Dame de Kerdro in French: http://locker56740.free.fr/nd_de_kerdro.htm

The city of Locmariaquer on the religious heritage such as the Church Notre Dame de Kerdrohttp://www.locmariaquer.fr/patrimoine-religieux-page-74-rub-2.html

The tourist office of the Bay of Quiberon on Locmariaquer : https://www.baiedequiberon.bzh/locmariaquer

This is a wonderful church right facing the port of Locmariaquer,(see post) the walks the ambiance of the neighborhood and places to eat and cruises makes it worth the detour. Hope you enjoy as we do the Church Notre Dame de Kerdro.

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

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