Pluvigner, my St Guigner Church!!!

There, again, this is a must for us in town, we have been inside several times and past by it zillions times yet only briefly mentioned in previous posts in my blog. Therefore, after some exchanges with a fellow blogger , its time for me to tell you more about the St Guigner Church and Saint Guigner in Pluvigner.

First, my town of Pluvigner (French) is Breton language by the name of Pleuwigner.  The name comes from the Breton PLOE meaning Parish and GUIGNER , the Saint; therefore, the Parish of St Guigner or PLEUWIGNER or PLUVIGNER! Get it ! We do more than French here!!! A bit more,the parish of Pluvigner is known as of 1259 under the name of PLE GUINNER , in 1325 under PLEU VIGNER,  in 1387 as PLOEVIGNEr ; in 1405 as PLOUIGNER ; in 1428 as PLUVIGNER;  in 1453 as PLEVIGNER ; in 1516 as PLOEGNER ;in 1636 as PLEVIGNER!!!

The story of Pluvigner begins in the 5C with the installation at a place called “Le Moustoir” of Guigner, son of an Irish king named Clyton. Saint Patrick converts him to Christianity despite opposition from his parents. Driven by his father, Guigner he left for Armorica (now Brittany) where King Audren offered him a site to establish his hermitage. On the death of his father, King of Ireland, he went to his native country. Guigner, still nicknamed Prince Fingar, had his head cut off in the year 455 by a man named Hengist, king of the Angles on orders of Prince Théodoric.

Pluvigner had its patron saint as Saint Guigner, under whose name was placed its parish church. Hibernois of origin and son of a small king still peasant, this saint had embraced the Christian religion. To escape the persecution of his own father, he came with several new converts to spend a few years in  the Armorican Cornwall (Cornouaille). Back in his homeland, he renounced the throne left vacant by the death of his father he went to Great Britain, to work there for the conversion of the Saxons who had invaded this country: Barely landed, circa 455 , he was put to death, with all his companions as above. Fleeing the Saxons, a band of Christians who lived in the neighborhood where these martyrs had plucked their palms; and taking with it the body of Saint Guigner, crossed the sea, and came to settle, in the territory of the ancient Vénètes (Celtic tribe who gave the name to our capital city Vannes) in an almost deserted canton, and was distinguished from other similar bands, by taking the name of Plou de Guigner or parish of Guigner, from which came naturally, later, that of Pluvigner, given to the parish formed, by these emigrants.

The highlight of the town of Pluvigner, is the Church of Saint Guigner in city center, our main Church. There was a chapel next door called the Notre Dame des Oties b 1426, touches the parish church and communicates with her through the sacristy. It has the form of a Latin cross; The transepts are shallow and seem older than the rest of the monument. The choir is square; On each side, two arched arcades, now clogged, imply the primitive existence of two collateral. The square of the transept is separated from the nave by three arches, one large and two small, in warhead, worn on polygonal pillars. The windows are ogival, and the fire and tri lobed mullions. It is now ruins of arches left of the main Church of Saint Guigner. The Saint-Guigner parish church is a central element in the rich religious and cultural landscape of the town. The organ of the Church of Saint Guigner is a masterful work of 9 meters high and 15 meters wide made up of no less than 3,000 pipes!

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The parish church is dedicated to St Guigner whose relics are carried in procession. The Saint is accompanied by an angel wearing an ermine coat of arms. The lintel of the south door shows a group of Crucifixions, made up of Christ surrounded by the Virgin and Saint John. The St Guigner Church contains the relics of Saint Guigner and houses a statue of Saint Guigner. The painting entitled “Assumption”, dates from 1770. The painting “Donation of the Rosary”; dates from the very beginning of the 20C.

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Vast church dating from 1545, retouched in 1781 on the bell tower, and restored in 1883. On the north side remains a Gothic door with the usual accolade, and on the south side a lintel with door frame. The windows are pointed, but their mullions have disappeared. A modern porch, a rectangular opening whose lintel is relieved by corbelets, shelters the south door. The carved lintel represents Christ on the Cross between Saint John and the Virgin. At both ends there is an interlacing around a circle. On each side of the column it has capitals. The Church of Saint Guigner houses the statues of Saint-Guigner, Saint-Michel, Saint-Vincent Ferrier and Notre-Dame de Bon Secours.

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The tower and the bell tower which were built in 1781, were restored in the 19C. The frame and the sacristy cracked by lightning in 1841 were also restored at this time. In 1842, the construction of the transept arms gave the church its Latin cross shape.This church had stained glass windows from the 16C and it was done the same in the 19C. Some current elements come from the old window of the bedside: the oculus of the braces and the last windows of the nave shine with a vegetal carpet in shimmering colors borrowed from the main window of the church. The stained-glass windows of the 20C tell episodes from the lives of the holy figures honored by the parish with the apse bay presents a Crucifixion; in the choir, and reads the vocation of Saint Guenaël, and the preaching of Saint Goal; in the transept, the subject is the piety and charity of the penitent Kériolet; the nave presents the landing of Saint Guigner and his establishment at Moustoir.

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More in French or Breton in our city page of Pluvigner here : http://www.pluvigner.fr/eglise-paroissiale-saint-guigner/

And our city/town hall (Ti Kêr in breton) of Pluvigner in Breton language: http://www.pluvigner.fr/degemer-mat-e-pleuwigner/

The Bay of Quiberon tourist office only has it in French on Pluvignerhttps://www.baiedequiberon.bzh/pluvigner

So, there you go my main church in town. It has been renovated several times over the years and the townfolks have given money to do so, the last was the Organ for 320K euros with private funds! Just enjoy it as we have come to do in our newer little corner of our world. This is the Saint Guigner Church in Pluvigner, in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne, and my belle France!

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

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2 Comments to “Pluvigner, my St Guigner Church!!!”

  1. His father wasn’t the only one who abandoned him – Doubt many Irish ever heard of him! You’re our only link to this Irish Saint so well done!! Was he thrown into a pit of reptiles????

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