The fortified city of Hennebont,,,lovely past, beautiful present!

And here I go again, amazing the amount of old posts I had which were never updated. Oh well too many things to see in my belle France! Now is the best time to do so as most of the rest are closed by you know what! Here we are still roaming strong as of November 2020.

As it was , my father’s birthday –78 (now 85!); and thanks God still with us. So we went out to eat as he likes to travel too. I have heard about Hennebont as been a fortified city like Port Louis where i had already been, so decided to go there, new city for all. Well just 24 km from my home and is like been in the neighborhood and not crossing the street!!

You can get here on the N165 road Nantes-Brest exit 40 for Hennebont centre by car. By train it has a train station or gare but never use it. You can make it from Paris gare Montparnasse direction Quimper Brest.  There is a bus network of CTRL Lorient serving Hennebont on lines 32, 34, and 137 but never use them either;for info:

You can go from Vannes for instance by train TER to the Lorient train station and there take bus 14 to Hennebont, but again for info only never taken it. The transport site for all of Bretagne here:

Hennebont shows its old side the moment you entered by the viaduc over the port and river, seeing the trains going above you as you enter the town by the river port area. Immediately you see the ramparts of the old castle, still intact. You can even walk it on top all the way from city center to the river facing it. Great views of course. Even my father did it so anyone can lol!!!

The city is all by the river Blavet, that is beautiful when calm but devastating when flooded. All is surrounded by the ramparts of the old fortified town, and the castle now museum. And of course climbing the ramparts is the best way to see the city and the river below.  We found this time crossing the river Blavet on the new bridge (2009) on the other side an old Church Saint Caradec. The story goes that the parish dates from the 13C, created by Henri of Hennebont to satisfied the population living in the old town around the castle seat of Kemenet-Heboe.  The Church was raised in 1732 entirely redesigned in 1895 . In 1901 the latest restructuring added aisles to the chorus and the vaults. Inside, rarely accessible because it is closed for at least 15 years . You could have seen an ex-voto painted wood and a polychrome wooden statue of Saint Isidore dating from the 18C.

There is a name Hennebont from at least the year 1000, from the 13C the castle was done by duke Jean I of Brittany.  From 1857, the haras nationaux  or horse raising training site is created at the old abbaye de la Joye. On august 7 , 1944, a great part of the city is destroyed by Nazi bombardments trench on the pocket of Lorient. The districts the most old were badly destroyed and a period of reconstruction began to what is today.

You must see the basilica of Notre Dame de Paradis, 16C , on the flamboyant gothic style constructed between 1514 and 1524 on the honor of the virgin Mary under Notre Dame de Paradis (see post).

You must see the ramparts, 15C placed at the old fortification of the times of duke Jean 1 13C. Overcoming many wars such as the one of the succession of Brittany and the war of the league in 1590. The towers crown the corners at four cardinal points ,now only 3 remained, Tour St Nicolas (at south side), Tour des Carmes,(north east side), and the fortified porte or door at the east side, built before the 14C (see post).

The Porte Broêrec’h is a defensive work to serve tower to tower the guards of the prison that it was  (Marion du Faouët,  the famouse brigand was held here in 1746), with room for the homeless and finally a museum; one of the richest in the department on the Breton Arts. (see post).

Le Haras National( done in 1857), with its park a la English with 23 hectares and 7 huge stables. Horses and its history are home here, a must to see and watch the show.(see post).

And it is always time to eat for us so we had lunch by choosing the Pizzeria del Castello or The pizzeria du chateau in Italian, very nice, friendly folks,  and were prompt and food well done. The resto is very near the Porte Broêrec’h . We had faux filet grill in sauce poivre 3, pizza primavera with chorizos, Tartiflettes, and Burger à cheval, apertififs from porto to jack daniels, kir, beer, then desserts from banana splits(2) ,poire belle helene, ice cream of different flavors; a bottle of Villa Burghese, Paqua, Bardolino red of Italy, very good. All for less than 24€ per person. Their Facebook page:

The tourist office of Hennebont:

So there you go folks a wonderful town of Hennebont which we have come several times and plenty in my blog. Hope you have enjoy this update with fresh new text as the pictures are in the individual posts. My black and white way!

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

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