La Trinité Porhoët and a chapel!

And here I am still on my road warrior trips of my lovely Bretagne and going to in land places never before seen as if there is plenty to see here, will take me more than my lifetime! I come to La Trinité-Porhoët!

La Trinité-Porhoët is located in my Morbihan department no. 56, in the region of Bretagne. The Trinity of the Holy Trinity representing the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Villa de Trinitate was known from 1251 recalls that this place can be linked to the existence of a Gallo-Roman villa. It is 52 kms from Vannes, and 16 km from Josselin. About an hour from my house!

La Trinité-Porhoët takes its name from the priory dedicated to the Holy Trinity and the lordship of Porhoët. “Por oët” is, it seems, a contraction of the Celtic “Poutre-Coët” or country beyond the woods. Porhoët can also come from the Celtic words “Porh” or courtyard,in a castle and “Coët” or wood, forest. The land of Porhoët was first part of the domain of the kings of Brittany, who owned it until 874. On the death of King Solomon, this domain was shared, and the land of Porhoët was included in the county of Rennes until   the end of the 10C, when it appears to have been dismembered. In 1241, during the second division of the goods of the house of Porhoët, the city was baptized “La Villa de Trinitate“. In 1603, La Trinité-Porhoët became one of the seats of the Duchy of the Rohan family. La Trinité-Porhoët was established as a town and the capital of the canton in 1790.

The Chapelle Saint Yves dates from the 15C, built by the Lords of Cambout the chapel is dedicated to Saint Yves, defender of the poor and orphans and who became the patron saint of lawyers. As early as 1581, the inhabitants decided to make major repairs to part of the chapel. However, due to lack of funds, the stained glass window at the back of the altar was not replaced and the opening was walled up. In his will in 1719, Vicar Yves Lusse asked that part of his inheritance be used to feed the sick and the needy. The other part of his inheritance is to be used to install a hospital in the chapel. this chapel served as a hospice until the French revolution. To see inside if open as only on heritage days or special ceremonies, you see its pretty frame in the shape of an overturned boat hull. Following the stairs behind the chapel, the town pond or lake appears, a magnificent site of more than 3 ha. A true haven of peace for fishermen and hikers, but also for mallards, moorhens, etc to see. Pristine beauty deep in the woods of La Trinité-Porhoët.

la trinite Porhoet chapelle st yves front sep20

la trinite Porhoet chapelle st yves side sep20

la trinite Porhoet chapelle st yves back sep20

We came in and parked easily free by Place du Martray. This is a nice architecture and historical spot we like. At the top of the Place du Martray, in front of the houses, stood a covered market on the high sidewalks, while opposite, in place of the current city/town hall or Mairie, were the covered markets. These existed until 1898.  Several half-timbered houses date from the 16C. One of them, destroyed today, would have belonged to the Marquise Madame de Sévigné. She would have inherited this house, following her marriage to Henri de Sévigné.

la trinite porhoet mairie front sep20

The city of La Trinité-Porhoët on the chapelle and the mairie! in French:

I was pleasantly surprise by this small town as it was our first time here! Yes and you can see only one hour from my house, the choices are endless in my beautiful Morbihan alone! Hope you have enjoy this off the beaten path trip to La Trinité-Porhoët, and there is more.

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

Tags: ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: