Guerlédan and the Chapel of Saint Suzanne!

In my continuing saga of road warrior trips and lately updating my older posts in my blog , I take you to a real off the beaten path spot in my lovely Bretagne. As I rode more into deep Bretagne, more beautiful spots emerge each with a story of its own, rather nice. I like to take you back to Guerlédan and the Chapel of Saint Suzanne or Chapelle de Sainte Suzanne!

There is so much to see in Bretagne, imagine France, no wonder is visited by so many and leading. I have criss cross this region and I am amazed of the beauty here. I like to tell you about a small Chapel with a lot history in off the beaten path area of my Bretagne.   Guerlédan is a town in the Côtes-d’Armor Dept 22 of the region of Brittany/Bretagne. The town was born from the consolidation of the towns of Mur-de-Bretagne and Saint-Guen, which became delegated towns in January 2017. Its capital is located in Mur-de-Bretagne. From Paris to make it easier for most visitors, you can come here by car on the A13/A84 and at Rennes take the N164 direction Brest; never done it but do not think there is train service here. The estimated car travel from Paris is 4h30. I must add this town is famous for hosting the Tour de France bicycle race. From my area you go up from Vannes on the road D767 direction Pontivy/St Brieuc.

I have driven by here several times but hardly ever stop as it is a cross road town. However, there is a nice place call the Sainte-Suzanne Chapel of now Guerlédan before in Mur-de-Bretagne. It was built from the end of the 15C with the help of Rohan who were the Lords and pre-eminent family. It bears the name of Suzanne, an Israelite Princess who lived in the 6-7C BC. The book of Daniel, incorporated in the Old Testament, refers to her life in the chapter.

Guerledan

The local story tells that the parishioners were hostile to the move of the Chapel to the village, and the day the statue of Sainte Suzanne was to be transferred; only the sacristan was there. The statue was laid on a cart harnessed by young oxen. As the loading was over, the oxen were packed in the descent and the statue was thrown ashore. She was found standing at the foot of an oak tree not far from the present Chapel. The faithful saw a sign and accepted the new place of worship!

The Chapelle de Sainte Suzanne is notable for the motifs of its paneling and other 18C paintings. The Bell Tower was built between 1757 and 1764, thanks to the generosity of the parishioners. Elegant without a doubt, the double arcade of its porch, its two galleries with molded balusters, its slender and serrated arrow, the pinnacles, the numerous skylights and gargoyles are beautifully combined with the building. One will notice a wrought iron grate in one of the shutters of the great portal that allowed the Lepers to follow mass, without going into the Chapel. The size and shape in the Latin Cross, would have allowed her to play the role of Church, which she did on two occasions: during the reconstruction of the Church, at the end of the last century, then after the storm of October 1987.

The Oaks surrounding the Chapel of Sainte Suzanne were planted around 1700 by the Lords of Rohan; they were immortalized by the painter Jean-Baptiste Corot, he is considered one of the greatest master painter of the 19C, for both his landscapes and his figures, his style is simple, sensitive and pure. He came several times to Mur de Bretagne between 1829 and 1854, greeted with his friend Alfred Le Cerf (at the Castle) he has strangely painted the fountain Sainte Marguerite, which is found on the paintings titled, the fire of Sodom, the destruction of Sodom and Bretons at the fountain.

Inside, the paintings adoring the vault at this Chapel Sainte Suzanne were made in the 18C thanks to Delaporte. They were restored in 1878, then in 1975 by the Beaux-Arts. There is also an altarpiece of the 17C and 18C, as well as a low relief that comes from the old rood screen of the Church. The statues that can be admired are those of Ste. Suzanne, St. Catherine, Saint Roch, Saint Yves, and Saint Anthony. Also, the paintings represent St. Suzanne defended by Daniel, St. Suzanne in prayer, the encounter of Jesus with his cousin John the Baptist, the Holy Trinity; Anne and Joachim, the grandparents of Jesus, as well as Mary and Joseph. Only the choir today has stained glass windows, the other were stolen over time.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are:

The official webpage of the Chapelle Sainte Suzannehttps://www.chapelle-guerledan.fr/

The local Lake of Guerlédan on the Chapel of Sainte Suzannehttp://www.lacdeguerledan.com/fiche/detail/6924/Decouvrir~Le-patrimoine~Sites-et-visites/chapelle-sainte-suzanne

The city of Guerlédan on the Chapel Sainte Suzanne: https://www.mairieguerledan.bzh/histoire-et-patrimoine/la-chapelle-sainte-suzanne/

Hope you enjoy this nice Chapelle Sainte Suzanne, off the beaten path monument of the many to see in my lovely Bretagne and my belle France!

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

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