My wonderful trio Noyal Muzillac, Muzillac ,and Ambon!

And here we go again with updating older posts and so nice ,this one on a trio of nice inland towns in my beautiful Morbihan breton dept 56 of lovely Bretagne. I have written bits and pieces on them but this one is a bit more on Noyal Muzilla, Muzillac, and Ambon!

Today was a cloudy sunless rainy day but we the road warriors set out to see some areas that seldom do or just passing in the south of our department of the Morbihan Breton or No 56. It is ,also, a special day for the adults as me and my wife celebrated 27 years of marriage !!! It was fun and plenty of memories now!!!

These are not going to show on the tourist main page, or even secondary; these are inland Bretons lands, the very best way to see and get to know the country. We love to travel here. We took the N165 direction Nantes and continue until exit/sortie Muzillac no 20.

And we arrived first at Noyal Muzillac, parked by the Church. This town saw the birth of Julien Daniélo (1802) ,the secretary of François-René de Chateaubriand. It has a Maison du Patrimoine or house of heritage from 1602 ,and today serve souvenirs and ice cream etc to all in season, winter is closed. The Chapelle de Bengué dating from the 17C ,the sacristy is from 1798, destroyed during the French revolution it was rebuilt in 1817. There is a fountain St Martin done in 1839 , and across the street a laundry or lavoirs from about the same period. The house at 6 rue de la Poste with stone blazon’s of noble houses from the 16-17C. The town has several houses some dating back to 1532 in renaissance style showing the wealth of the town from times afar. The town is name “Communes du Patrimoine Rural de Bretagne”  or towns of rural heritage of Brittany preserving the essential traditions of this region.

Noyal-Muzillac is also part of the 12 towns of the intercommunality Arc Sud Bretagne and the district of Vannes. Excavations carried out in the 19C have brought to light prehistoric sites and the Roman period as pathways and elements of a villa. The first time the name is found of Noyal-Muzillac  in the history of the country, was in 1252.  After the fall of the Roman Empire, during the Breton migrations, the first parishes appeared. It is probably at this time that the parish will be born with Patron Saint Martin of Tours. The revolutionary period will lead the Noyalais early enough to support the white party (Royals) and especially the Chouannerie. The troops of Le Batteux will also punish these inhabitants during a bloody punitive expedition in 1793.   

The Church of St. Martin de Tours, which preserves from the Romanesque period some vaults dated from the 11C. The Gothic period of the 15C is also very present with imposing ogive arches and capitals with various motifs. The nave and choir are enriched with remarkable 17C paintings. Its Chapel of the Rosary, in the south, also has an imposing painting of 1819. The Church of St. Martin de Tours, 11-12C , 17C and 20C is dedicated to Saint Martin de Tours. It included a nave with aisles, a transept, on which the rounded apse of the sanctuary was opened directly.  This church was modified in the 14C at transept and choir. At the end of the 13C or at the beginning of the 14C, the cross-braces were transformed into chapels opening onto the square, which became the choir, by large broken arches worn on heavy pillars with engaged balusters, including the capitals adorned with foliage’s and serrations indicate that these pillars were part of the primitive construction. The apse has been preserved but very reworked at various times. The bell tower, which was to be first on the square, had been rebuilt on the south Chapel: it was burned in 1630 and restored in 1639. The nave was completely rebuilt in 1850. The last major works carried out from 1965 to 1970, lead to the decrease of the nave.

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The three Chapels of Saint-Jean-Baptiste, the True Cross and Saint-Yves depending on the lordship.. The Chapel of the Sacred Heart located in the north wing of the transept and threatening ruin is restored in 1898 , and it is now the baptistery. The Church is covered with a frame and on the sand pits are the coats of arms of the families Carné, Boisorhant, Rochefort, Larlan and Rieux. The sprocket dates from 1785. The baptistery, octagonal in shape, dates from the 18C. This church is restored and transformed into 1970. The lateral stained glass windows dates back to 1886. The stained glass of Saint Joseph, dates from 1909. The stained glass of Notre-Dame de Lourdes, dates from 1959. One saw in the Interior of the Church, three paintings such as the Christ on the Cross and which today took the place of the old altarpiece, the Annunciation and the presentation at the temple which are today near the Chapel of the Rosary of the 17C from the Château de Keralio. The painting of the Rosary, in the chapel of the Rosary, is dated 1819,  the Church houses the polychrome statues of a Virgin and Child (or Our Lady of the Blessing), a Madonna and Child, 17C  and located in the Chapel of the Rosary, Saint Sébastien, 18C, Saint Isidore 19C and Saint John the Baptist 16-17C.  The church now houses three bells weighing 600 kg., 450 kg. and 125 kg. and blessed  in 1953.

The city of Noyal Muzillac on religious heritage: https://www.noyal-muzillac.fr/patrimoine-religieux/

The Damgan La Roche Bernard tourist office on Noyal Muzillac: https://www.damgan-larochebernard-tourisme.com/noyal-muzillac-vitrine-de-la-renaissance/

We  went to a different town name similar,,, that is  Muzillac.

Muzillac is part of the 12 towns of the intercommunality Arc Sud Bretagne and the district  of Vannes. It is located 30 km from Vannes, and 90 km from Nantes.  The town of Muzillac is placed under the Ducal power in the 13C and regularly receives the Chamber of Accounts of Brittany , from the 13C to the 15C. In the 16C, an edict of Charles IX unites the Royal Court of the borough at the siege of Vannes. At the time of the French revolution, the territory of Muzillac was the mark of the Chouans under the command of the Count of Silz, then of the General of Sol de Grisolles. On June 10, 1815, at Pen Mur, the Royalists (chouans) took over the imperial troops ,this is known as the battle of the schoolboys. Because , the battle of Pen Mur  between the bonapartists and the chouannerie clashed. The latter is awaiting a landing of arms by the British. Alerted, the Imperials, in the number of 570 and commanded by General Rousseau, exit from Vannes and attack the chouans in Muzillac where they had placed under the command of General Louis de Sol de Grisolles. The confrontation turns to the advantage of the chouans in this battle where they are carried out on the ground by Rohu and Joseph de Cadoudal and where the pupils of the Collège Saint-Yves of Vannes are distinguished ( that is why also the battle of schoolboys)  and having joined the Catholic and Royal Army of Brittany that are pushing back the imperial troops.

The two main things to see here are the Old Convent of the Ursulines done in 1678; later under the French revolution in 1792 to get them out of their convent and send them to Vannes. The convent was sold as national property (confiscated); in 1982 they were purchased by the city and made a cultural center that opened in 1990. And the Church Sainte Thérése done after fire took away the older one in 1934 in a Latin Cross style, and neo roman architecture. It has crosses, portraits and calices from the 17C onward, and a nice Nativity scene in the right front corner.

Further from the parish bishop place translate into English at best as such: After a fire in 1929 that destroyed the bell tower of the old Romanesque Church of Bourg-Pol, a new one was built in 1934 closer to city center. It was dedicated to Ste Teresa de Lisieux even if the parish keeps St Pol de Léon as patron Saint. We can see inside a statue of the Virgin in exotic wood, and another of St Joseph (in oak wood). The one on St Joseph is an auto portrait of the sculptor. The stained glass windows represent the life and spirituality of Ste Teresa. The Church is inspired in the Romanesque architecture of the old one and in art deco of the year 1925. Sainte-Thérèse Church is the new Church done in 1930 . The new Church, without steeple and in the form of a Latin cross, is consecrated in 1934 and dedicated to Sainte-Thérèse of the Child Jesus. The two-story nave has six spans on each side. In addition to the high altar, there are two lateral altars: the altar located in the west houses the statues of Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus and of St. Anthony of Padua; the other altar located opposite houses the statues of Sainte Anne, the Virgin and St. Joseph. Stained glass windows are from 1948;  this church was restored following a arson offence dated November 13, 1983 .

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The city of Muzillac on its heritage: https://www.muzillac.fr/category/decouvrir/histoire/les-circuits-patrimoine/

The Damgan La Roche Bernard tourist office on Muzillac: https://www.damgan-larochebernard-tourisme.com/lieux-incontournables/muzillac-quand-la-pose-simpose/

We saw the weather turns worse but we continue our cruising along the waters of the Gulf of Morbihan into the town of Ambon, here we saw a nice picturesque Crêperie restaurant typical of the Bretons and decided to stop in for late lunch. Briefly ,the town has of course a Church Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte is the name. Here the basement is from the 9C! most is built in the 12C with some 15C and 17C renovations. After some excavations done it was found a choir and a transept were updates of a Roman temple of the 3C, a paleochretian sanctuary of the 6C showing a façade and a Roman nerf, sculpture chapters and altar from the 17C. The Church as enlarged with the addition of a sacristy from 1636-1649.(see post).

And now the créperie Le Fournil, so much good things here you are bound never to make a mistake. They are feature in the dept tourist office and their site is under construction but believe me they are alive and kicking and very very good local stuff. We were warmly welcome and sitted right away. We had front window seating facing the Church. We started with 100 Cl of Cider Brut Nicol from nearby Surzur, this is more than a bottle (75)::) We then ordered our galettes. I had a duo of bacon and Emmental cheese; others had complete bacon with soft eggs, super complete, montagnarde, twice. Then we had desserts, and I had the coupe antillaise with rum raisins ice cream and caramel sauce. WE left as it is for 17.20€ per person. Delicious and a nice find, we will be back. Webpage: https://www.lefournil-creperie.fr/creperie-ambon-muzillac/

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And the city of Ambon on its heritage: https://www.ambon.fr/patrimoine

And there you a nice road warrior tour of my beautiful Morbihan with three jewels to see and enjoy any time. Hope you enjoy the tour as I and see you around!

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

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