Nice Pluneret and the Chapel!!

So here I go , having a great time updating my older posts in my blog as a great past time nowdays I had my surprises. One of these was Pluneret a town passed by every day really, and with many nice things to see. I like to tell you all about this wonderful town in my beloved Morbihan 56. Hope you enjoy it as I.

Pluneret is located in the Morbihan department 56 of the Bretagne region. The town is a town on the Morbihan coast, bounded on the west by the river Auray or Le Loch (see post), and on the east by the Rivière du Bono or Le Sal river, extensions of the Gulf of Morbihan. 15 km from Vannes, capital of the department, and 5 km from Auray.

The old primitive parish of Pluneret formerly included Saint-Anne d’Auray, which was detached from it when the castle parishes were established, probably in the 12C, and of course Sainte-Anne-d’Auray or better Keranna, erected in town after the last war. The foundation of the parish of Pluneret was formalized by a document signed on May 6, 1259.

The expressway or voie express ,N165 / E60, allow rapid connections to Vannes and Lorient. The SNCF Quimper-Paris line (with passage of the TGV which stops at Auray, that is to say 5 minutes from Pluneret). The Sainte-Anne de Pluneret train station was for a long time the arrival station for pilgrims to Sainte-Anne d’Auray, hence the statue that surmounts it . It is served for travelers by the TER Bretagne, line 12 between Lorient and Vannes. The Sainte-Anne train station, whose architecture is unique in Bretagne. It is one of the few train stations in France to be surmounted by a religious statue. The station was built in 1862 .

I have another post on this town and its church, however, the main thing to see here left it out lol. Let me go into it ok

The Chapelle de Sainte-Avoye is located in the village of Sainte-Avoye, part of the town of Pluneret.  The chapel of Sainte-Avoye was raised in the 16C by the Lestrelin family, whose crest overcomes the southern gate, owner of the castle of Kerisper which is close to the village. It is a seigneurial Chapel financed by the Comte de Lestrelin (or Lesterlin). On the lordship armchair are the coats of arms of the family. They represented four ducks that were crudely removed by knives during the French revolution.

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In 1727 the upper parts were replaced by the roof in the current frame, which is topped by an arrow. In 1987, a storm weakened the steeple again; It was rehabilitated in 1988. In 1746, a hurricane breaks the stained glass windows, during the renovation of 2004 to 2006, they will be redone in the same way as the originals. The interior flooring is in clay. It is an almost unique disposition of a mixture of lime and earth. The arch of the nave in the shape of a ship’s hull, reversed is limed to the old four farms for the nave; the three main farms for the choir, engoulants, carved sand pits dating from 1557.

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The Chapel of Sainte Avoye houses a Renaissance rood screen in polychrome oak wood. Executed between 1554 and 1557 by a Carpenter, it separates the choir from the nave and  is carved on both sides. The visible face of the nave presents the twelve apostles, the visible face of the choir presents the seven Catholic (or theological) virtues, and five Saints including Saint Yves. The chancel is made up of four panels including a double leaf door. The chapel also houses a statue of Sainte Avoye  in polychrome wood dating from the 16C.

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The rood screen is a separation between the nave where the faithful stood, and the choir reserved for the Lord of the place and where the religious officiated. It consists of 3 parts:-the fence called chancel,-above the Tribune ,the real pulpit, to which one accessed to preach or sing, by a staircase located sometimes in an outside turret, and the whole being dominated by a group of Crucifixion (Calvary). You will notice that these crucifixion groups often remained in place after dismantling the pulpits in the 19C, thus becoming beams of glory. Sometimes the big cross was hung on a wall. Here, the chancel consists of a double door framed on either side of a fixed panel. At the top, the flanks of the Tribune are carved of 12 characters on each side:-from the nave, one can admire the 12 Apostles,while from the choir one can recognize 7 allegorical statues representing the virtues (the 3 theological virtues that are Faith, Hope and Charity, and the 4 cardinal virtues of Righteousness, Prudence, Strength and Temperance. Saint Fiacre, Saint Laurent and Saint Yves placed between the rich and the poor complete the frieze.

The city of Pluneret on the Chapelle Sainte Avoye in French: https://www.pluneret.fr/culture-tourisme/tourisme/patrimoine/chapelle-de-ste-avoye/

The Bay of Quiberon tourist office on the Chapelle Sainte Avoye in English: https://www.baiedequiberon.co.uk/to-see-to-do/culture-and-heritage/chapels-and-churches/chapelle-sainte-avoye

Other things to see in Pluneret are:  The town of Pluneret saw the birth of Yves Nicolazic, the seer of Sainte-Anne! The castle of Treulan (19C); the castle or manor of Kerzo (1427); the castle of Kermadio (18-19C) transformed into a holiday center; and the manor or castle of Kerisper (15C), located in Kerisper. Modernized at the start of the 20C, it now houses the Théâtre de l’Ecume.

So as often the case in my belle France, this Pluneret is another small town but packing a wallops of nice monuments to spend a day in it. We of course living so close need to come more often and see more, and will do when possible. For now, enjoy Pluneret and its Chapelle Sainte Avoye!

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

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