Saint Nolff and its heritage!

And been on the neighborhood , why not take you to the picturesque small town of Saint Nolff. Now did said, work near Vannes, well this is as close as it gets from me folks. This village really know it very well indeed.

It is an old town as well and will spare you of the repeated history already done in previous posts. For now let me tell you of its heritage and a bit of nostalgia from me ok. Oh yes of course, St Nolff is in the Morbihan dept 56 and about 11 km from Vannes. The Vannes local kiceo bus network no 8 line takes you here!

The Church of Saint-Mayeul b. 15-16C, renovated in the 17-19C. A cross-shaped Church, the two transept arms are formed by two juxtaposed bays having each gable and window with mullets on the sides.The bedside is square and pierced by a canopy. It originally included a nave without a aisle, a transept and a flat bedside choir. From this old church there remains only the choir whose bedside is pierced by a window with flamboyant lattice and a door of the south brace. The north cross brace dates from 1677.  At the end of the 19C the two cross-braces were extended to the western façade to form aisles and the Church was vaulted, which made a carved sand-pit structure disappear. The bell tower dates from 1783. A small side door dates from the 16C. The pulpit and the confessional date back to the 19C. The stained glass windows of the choir and transepts are in a broken arch with flamboyant filling and the stained glass is from 1882 to 1886. The confessional and the pulpit date from the 19C. A statue of Saint Mayeul, patron Saint of St. Nolff, is visible in the Church. The bell tower houses a colony of protected bats, the large murines. The church once kept the tomb of Jean de Gourvinec, who died on December 12, 1423.



The Chapelle of Sainte-Anne was built in 1493 is next door literally. You can see a statue of St. Anne of the 16C preserved in the presbytery and the unusual presence of lily flowers in the mullions windows and stained glass, at a time when Brittany was still independent (union of Brittany with France was in 1532). The chapel was built by Olivier de Gourvinec, lord of Bézit, whose vaired escutcheon is located above the brace which surmounts the door molded into a basket handle.  It is a rectangular chapel with flamboyant decoration, surrounded on the outside by a stone bench. Oblique buttresses, surmounted by pinnacles, support the facade. The original bell tower dates from 1493, it was rebuilt in 1884 and surmounts the gable. The bedside window is adorned with a network drawing fleur-de-lis. At this window are fragments of stained glass representing various figures, saints, angels carrying the instruments of the Passion, and coats of arms. The chapel is covered with a paneled frame whose sandpits bear the shield of Gourvinec.


The Moulin du Gourvinec, this mill was built by the family of Gourvinec, lords of Bézit. The first mention of this mill dates from 1503. Three wheels are driven by the Condat River, in order to turn wheat into flour. In 1930, it will be transformed into a sawmill, activity that will end in 1951. A time used as breeding poultry, it will be bought by the town in 1989, which ensured the restoration.



The city of Saint Nolff on its heritage:

The tourist office of the Gulf of Morbihan on St Nolff

And this is about Saint Nolff, very quant, secluded with lots going on including a popular rock concert festival, and lots of architecture and history in one small place. I like to get nostalgic and put up two photos otherwise missing, one the place where I started forming (founder/coach/captain and player!) a indoor soccer/ football  corporate team using the gym Jean Humbersat of the city of St Nolff; as well as the place where several times came for a quick meal or a drink with a collegue in the Mustang. Memories forever now that retirement is near next year and already on pre retirement work load!



Enjoy Saint Nolff, and my lovely Morbihan as we have done for the last 9 years! This is it!!  And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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