Belz: Church Saint Saturnin!

And continuing with my road warrior trips around coastal Morbihan dept 56 of Bretagne in my belle France. These areas are very close to me and do spent quite a bit of time around them. However, for do not know why pictures and stopping were short to say the least. I am redoing them now with new text and photos. Hope you enjoy it as I did.

One of the quant towns in coastal (south) Morbihan is Belz. It is less than 19 km from my house! Belz is located on the edge of the Etel estuary inland sea, about 20 km from Lorient, 15 km from Auray and 35 km from Vannes. The territory of Belz is bounded to the north and west by the ria of Etel, to the south by Erdeven and to the east by Locoal-Mendon. It also includes île Saint-Cado island (see posts), located on the Etel estuary, which owes its name to Saint Cadou, who lived there as a hermit in the 6C. It was also from the end of the 19C that the oyster farming gradually replaced the dredge of the natural benches which were exhausted. The Etel river and especially the shores of Belz, including its islets, become an important oyster production center across the Morbihan.



The town of Belz is bounded by the Etel estuary, by towns of Erdeven and Locoal-Mendon. It also includes the Saint-Cado island, located on the Etel estuary(see post). One of the nicest one in the bourg or city center is the Church Saint Saturnin. Let me tell you a bit more on it.

In 1888, 66 bronze axes as well as gold bracelets were discovered in Belz. These objects are exhibited in the museums of Carnac, Vannes and Saint-Germain-en-Laye (Yvelines 78). The town is now proud of a prestigious prehistoric site. Following a fire which incidentally freed the landier present in an artisanal area, a field of menhirs was discovered in July 2006 on the site of Kerdruellan, near the estuary of Étel.

The city of Belz on its menhirs and dolmens,318.html



The Church of Saint-Saturnin was built in 1914. In the past there was a Saint-Saturnin church in Belz, of Romanesque origin, but the last major restoration of which dated from 1678. This church, due to lack of maintenance and necessary restoration work, was unsuccessful. In a state of disrepair, it was destroyed in 1913. The new Church Saint Saturnin in Neo-Gothic style was built immediately after. The work began in May 1914 . Despite the declaration of war,(WWI) , it continued until the end of the year. For lack of money, the bell tower was not built. The church is dedicated to Saint Saturnin, bishop martyred in Toulouse (known here as Saint Sernin, see post on basilica) around 250. Divided into four bays, the nave has superimposed broken arched windows. The choir is formed by two straight bays and with two lean-to sacristies. There is a wooden ex-voto ,a votive tuna boat that bears the name of “Sainte Anne d’Auray”.



belz ch saint saturnin prayer chapel jul15

The city of Belz on heritage including the Church Saint Saturnin,317.html

The tourist office of the Bay of Quiberon on Belz

And there you go folks, doing justice to the wonderful architecture and history of my region dept 56 Morbihan in my lovely Bretagne. You will do well to stop by Belz if anything for its delicacies of the sea. Hope you enjoy the post as I did.

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

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