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September 2, 2020

La Gacilly: Marché des Halles!!

So will be around La Gacilly for the next few posts as this is a sentimental town we finally came back. Not wanting to repeat from previous posts will let you do the reading.

I like to tell you a bit more on La Gacilly, Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne in my belle France. The town of La Gacilly is the home of the famous cosmetic firm Yves Rocher labs La Gacilly is 13 km from Redon, 49 km from Vannes, 51 km from Rennes and 75 km from Nantes.

This, me think, will be a good spot to tell you a bit about the history I like

The history of the town resumes the characteristics of that of the three former towns of La Gacilly ; La Chapelle-Gaceline and Glénac. With the two towns of La Chapelle-Gaceline and Glénac, it gave birth to the new town of La Gacilly created with the administrative status of new town on January 1, 2017.

La Chapelle-Gaceline comes from the first name Waceline, (first name from the Middle Ages) that one of the lords of La Gacilly adds to the name of La Chapelle, in memory of his wife Gaceline de Montfort. The town of Glénac is surrounded by the towns of Bains-sur-Oust in Ille-et-Vilaine (dept35) , Saint-Vincent-sur-Oust, Peillac, La Gacilly, and Cournon, and Les Fougerêts in Morbihan (dept56). Duke François Ier in 1442 married to Isabelle Stuart here.

At the reformation of 1427 under the name “Les Alleux”, the manor and accommodation of La Forêt Neuve belonging to the Lord of Rieux . In May 1570, owned by the Calvinist Paul Coligny de Rieux, it welcomed King Charles IX and Queen Catherine de Medici, his mother. The Maréchal de Rieux, guardian of the Duchess Anne de Bretagne ( twice queen of France), had this castle built in 1625 on the edge of the forest on the ruins of a former hunting resort built by the de Rieux family in the 15C. The castle was ruined during the French revolutionary unrest. He emigrated in 1789 to England. After his death, his cousin the Duke of Sauls-Tavannes claimed on July 29, 1816, the castle of Forêt Neuve, the site of the old castle of Rieux The castle was rebuilt in 1826 by the count Auguste de Foucher de Careil, owner since 1825, married to Caroline Surcouf daughter of the famous Saint Malo privateer corsair.This castle has a frontage of 42 meters and a depth of 21 meters and is located at the edge of the forest from which it bears the name, and in a dominant position over the whole countryside.

There is a wonderful covered market here or Halles and a nice looking restaurant, never tried it ,the Brasserie des Halles next to the Church, 20 place Yves Rocher. However, the main thing here is on the back there is the covered market or Halles of La Gacilly! It present market gardeners (fruits and vegetables), cheese makers, fishmongers, delicatessens and butchers, crepe makers, oyster farmers, producers of chickens and roast chickens, prepared Senegalese meals, etc. It is officially open only on Saturdays from 8h to 13h , however, this Sunday was open perhaps due to the photo festival (more later post).

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Due to the virus it was closed for a long time but now for the last month or so it has been open again for the delight of all like me! This time there was only some fruits and vegetable stands but small portion of it usually is.

What was all around it was a plant and flower market! Gorgeous ambiance we love and my dear late wife Martine was a passionate about these, memories now seeing it.. I am sure we would had purchase a plant or two,,but with poor farmer me we left empty handed. It was great thus recommended.

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The tourist office of Broceliande on La Gacilly: https://www.broceliande-vacances.com/decouvrir/incontournables/villes-villages/la-gacilly/

And there you go folks, a wonderful walk in a lovely old town of La Gacilly, with lots of Arts and ambiance good for the whole family. Hope you enjoy the post

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

September 2, 2020

La Garcilly: Church Saint Nicolas de Myre!!

As said in previous posts, been here several times as it was the favorite cosmetic firm of my dear late wife Martine. Due to circumtances we have been away from it for a while, but it was time to come to La Gacilly. The church is difficult to realise it is once facing it and have written before , however, this is new text and photos.

I like to tell you a bit more on La Gacilly in my Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne in my belle France. The town of La Gacilly is the home of the famous cosmetic firm Yves Rocher labs!! La Gacilly is 13 km from Redon, 49 km from Vannes, 51 km from Rennes and 75 km from Nantes.

The Church Saint Nicolas de Myre is from the 17C of neo greek style sitting right just outside the inner core of the city by the covered market on rue Antoine Monteil.

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The Church of Saint-Nicolas-de-Myre or Saint-Jean-de-Myre from 1845. This church replaces the old chapel of the castle which once served as parish worship and dated from the 14C and was restored or enlarged in 1626 and 1628. The Church first trivial then parochial of la Gacilly was under the invocation of St. Nicholas. In 1745, the truce of La Gacilly was erected in the parish. The present Church is executed according to the rules of Greek architecture, with portico columns and rich triangular pediment. The church stood on a height, between the city and the old road of Glénac.The first stone of a chapel to the south in 1626, and another to the north in 1628; they were blessed in 1631, and dedicated, that of the north to the Blessed Virgin, and that of the south to St. Nicholas.

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The Church Saint Nicolas de Myre was initially only the chapel of the castle; the original castle is dated, it seems, from the 6C. It then bore the name of Arcilla, then of Garcillé. In 1884, there was no trace of the castle above the mound; its foundations were hidden under the agglomerated earth. It rose on a height, between the town and the old road to Glénac. The Saint-Nicolas Church was equipped with a modern organ of the electroacoustic type in 2017.

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The tourist office of Broceliande on La Gacillyhttps://www.broceliande-vacances.com/decouvrir/incontournables/villes-villages/la-gacilly/

The tourist office of Bretagne on La Gacilly: https://www.visitsouthbrittany.com/node/3041/PCUBRE0560000143/detail/la-gacilly/la-gacilly

The parish Church Saint Nicolas de Myre at La Gacillyhttp://paroisse.gacilly.free.fr/

So now feel better to give credit to this wonderful monument in city center just before the old town section of La Gacilly. The Church Saint Nicolas de Myre is worth coming back for the interior. Hope you enjoy the primer on perhaps an off the beaten path place in town!

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

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