Loudéac and a chapel!!!

Yes, continuing my road warrior trips I come back to a familiar place. Have been here first on a business get together with collègues from work and then took the family over. Its been a while and I am glad back to Loudéac.

Loudéac is located in the Côtes-d’Armor department, 22 in the region of Bretagne. Loudéac has a name in Gallo, the local language: Loudia. It is located 20 km from Pontivy, 37 km from Saint-Brieuc, 58 km from Vannes, 80 km from Rennes and 383 km from Paris. It is about an hour from my house. The road axis is very good with the east west N164 road and the south north D700  Saint-Brieuc-Vannes; my way. There is no train station but SNCF buses take care of you to Saint-Brieuc, Rennes, Pontivy, Lorient and Vannes.  The city of Loudéac was from 1801 to 1926 the capital of the district of Loudéac  in the former Côtes-du-Nord. Since that date, it has been part of the district of Saint-Brieuc.

I have written couple of posts on the main things to see here and now came back with newer text and photos. Last time wrote on the wonderful Chapelle Notre Dame des Vertus was in July 13 2020 with interior photos; this time it was closed.

Loudéac seems to be mentioned for the first time in the Redon cartulary in 1075, during a donation from Viscount Josselin de Porhoët in favor of the abbey. Loudéac is cited in the charters of the abbey of Lantenac from its foundation in 1149. Loudéac has the title of parish since 1263. The lands of Loudéac belong to the Rohan family from the 14C. The land of Loudéac is then unified by forming a member of the Duchy of Rohan, peerage of France, erected in April 1603. Raised in town in 1790, the parish of Loudéac loses the territories of Grâce-Uzel, La Motte, Saint-Barnabé and Saint-Hervé. It was increased in 1792 by the territory of the former parish of Cadélac which was once a primitive parish and which originally included the territories of Loudéac, Saint-Maudan, Trévé, Saint-Thélo and Uzel.

The Notre-Dame des Vertus Chapel b1880 , includes a rectangular nave terminated by a polygonal apse. On each side, a small low chapel in the form of a wing and itself bears a small apse. From 1740 the cemetery was established around the chapel at Place Notre-Dame des Vertus. Indeed, the last burial in the church dates back to 1737, after a first judgment by the Parliament of Brittany on August 16, 1719, banning them inside religious buildings. The cemetery was moved in 1804. On August 11, 1878, the town ceded a strip of land for free. The chapel was rebuilt in 1880. It was not until March 1885 that the new chapel was opened.

loudeac chapelle ND de Vertus front service sep20

The first restoration that took place dates from 1949. It concerns the stained glass windows destroyed in 1944 as well as the interior of the chapel. In 1945, the bells were overhauled and the Belfry was electrified. Recently, a new tabernacle was installed thanks to the subscription of the parishioners. The Notre-Dame des Vertus chapel was the old gathering place for “good sisters trottines” or “good sisters in the open air” wearing a particular headdress. Tertiaries of various orders, they took vows of poverty and chastity, gave religious instruction, rendered many services to families, and exemplified perfect Morality. The forgiveness of Our Lady of the Virtues, was the Assembly of Loudéac. During Pardon, the statue of the Virgin was carried in procession in peasant costume. Forgiveness took place on the second Sunday of May at least until 1954. This procession was moved to May 31, after dark, among the illuminated houses, before disappearing.

loudeac chapelle ND de Vertus side right sep20

loudeac chapelle ND de Vertus side left sep20

The city of Loudéac on the Chapel Notre Dame des Vertus of which most of the above have been translated : https://www.ville-loudeac.fr/la-chapelle-notre-dame-des-vertus/

The tourist office of Central Brittany on Loudéac in French: http://www.centrebretagne.com/office-de-tourisme/decouvrir/cap-sur-kalon-breizh-coeur-de-bretagne.html

I let you browse the previous post for photos of the interior, the post today from the exterior as the chapel was ongoing a private service so decided not to take photos. Hope you enjoy the Chapelle Notre Dame des Vertus at Loudéac!

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

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