Campénéac and Trécesson!

And here I am in my road warrior mode going all over my beautiful department 56 of Morbihan in my lovely Bretagne and my belle France. I was able to have a couple days and amongst other things decided to drive out towards Rennes with the boys. We reach Campénéac and its Castle of Trécesson.

Let me give you a bit of history I like first , promise one time only

Campénéac is located 9 km from Ploërmel , approximately between Vannes and Rennes, not far from the Brocéliande forest. Here the old language is Gallo, a Romance language (unlike Breton which is a Celtic language), spoken in Haute-Bretagne (Upper Brittany).

Campénéac is a Gallo-Roman fundus and can therefore be considered as a primitive parish. It is cited as a parish from the 9C. The town is the birthplace of Armelle Nicolas known as the good Armelle, a servant whose piety, charity and mystical ecstasies aroused a cult that lasted in Brittany until at least the beginning of the 20C. The skull of the good Armelle is kept as a relic in the sacristy of the Church of the Nativity-of-the-Most-Holy Virgin of Campénéac with the rest of the body kept at the bishopric of Vannes.

For info, other things to see here and will have plenty in my hands are the Chapel of Saint John ;Château de La Touche-Larcher , and Mound of Tiot ,a tumulus burial stone.

And now the main feature of the day lol!

The Château de Trécesson, which has retained its medieval appearance, is one of the most impressive castles in Brittany. Its towering reddish shale walls are reflected in the waters of the surrounding pond. A bridge that spans the moat accesses the castle. The entrance is commanded by a large châtelet flanked by two narrow corbelled towers joined by an old machicolated gallery. On the right a long, almost blind facade, topped by a slate roof with long sides, ends in a hexagonal corner tower. Around the trapezoidal interior courtyard we find on the right a main building of more recent construction, undoubtedly at the end of the 18C, and on the left are domestic buildings and a small seigneurial chapel.

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The Château de Trécesson is already mentioned as the residence of the lords of Ploërmel and Campénéac, from the 8C, it is more likely that the castle, in its current state, dates from the end of the 14C or the beginning of the 15C. Jean de Trécesson ,chamberlain of the Duke Jean IV of Brittany would have built it. The Prunelé family still lives in the castle. This castle is private, no admission you can only see the exterior, but worth the view!

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Several legends are linked to the castle. The best known is that of the white lady, but there is also that of the Headless Curé, a ghost who would prowl in the meadows around the castle near the Calvary which borders the road D312, that of the Phantom Players’ and that of the Manoir du Pied d’ânes . During the reign of terror, in June 1793, the Girondin deputy Jacques Defermon   who signed a protest against the exclusion of the Girondins was forced to flee and took refuge in the castle. He remained in hiding there for over a year.

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The city of Campénéac on heritage in French: http://www.campeneac.fr/fr/information/80802/destination-broceliande

The tourist office of Broceliande on the castle in French: https://www.broceliande-vacances.com/offres/chateau-de-trecesson-campeneac-fr-2279516/

And there you go a nice ride on the road D312 into this castle was worth it me think. One of the gems of Bretagne and the Morbihan, if only they can open a bit of it…! Hope you enjoy the story and photos of the Castle at Trécesson in Campénéac.

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

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