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March 11, 2021

Church of Saint Martin at Trédion!

So bringing you back to my beautiful Morbihan and its small picturesques towns on the off the beaten path. I have written on Trédion before for its castle resort and now need to tell you about its church, which have not. So much for updating older posts which ,also, allows me to find these missing gems. Hope you enjoy the post on the Church of Saint Martin at Trédion!(picture from castle)


This is one of those small towns which we have plenty but full of nice things to see. The posts will be short but the things to see can last a day. Let me tell you a bit about Trédion.

The town of Trédion attested in the form Treduchum in 1121, Tréduihon in the 12C. Trédion is an ancient truce of the parish of Elven, of which it was detached in 1136.  At this truce was added the one of Aguénéac to create a new parish in 1820.  In 1833, the former trier of Trédion and Aguénéac were separated from the town of Elven to form the new town of Trédion from 1836. The town of Trédion is 7 km from Elven and 23 km from Vannes. And as you can see relatively young for France!

A bit more on the Church Saint Martin!

The Church of St. Martin new church b. 1870-1873. It was entrusted from the year 1000 to the Benedictines of the Mont-Saint-Michel. The Romanesque building was largely rebuilt during the second half of the 16C. The sand pits and pillar of the pulpit bear the dates of 1562, 1573 and 1577. The Church consisted in 1860 of a nave and two collateral in large plains and three Romanesque apses; the main apse was vaulted with stones and illuminated by stained glass windows in loopholes, it was preceded by a triumphal arch. An elegant bell tower built in two bells stood between the nave and the choir. The nave of the 2nd half of the 16C preserves in the south a door and a stained glass window of the 15C. The new bell tower was erected between 1869 and 1872. The current Choir is probably contemporary from the bell tower steeple in 1869. The vault of the new choir, joins that of the nave in 1895. Two additional stained glass windows are installed in 1910. The Church Saint Martin is of an elongated plan with a lateral bell-tower and a bedside with cut-out. The bell tower is in neo-Gothic style built in 1892. The nave is separated from the aisles by four arches resting on octagonal pillars. The choir built in 1860 is in Romanesque style, the tower is raised in the same style with stone Spire and pinnacles. It preserves a beautiful chalice in silver from the 16C.



The city of Trédion on its religious monuments including the church:

The Gulf of Morbihan tourist office on Trédion in French:

And now I feel better showcasing sights from these small towns such as Trédion worth a detour for the curious visitor off the beaten path ways of my beautiful Morbihan. Hope you enjoy the bit of introduction to the Church Saint Martin.

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

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March 11, 2021

Pretty nice Surzur!!!

Again, going over older posts with updates and revisions which have been an enormous uplifting experience for me, there are always some. Yet, some do get away and seldom mention or written on it; this is the case of pretty nice Surzur. I have to admit it has been my oversight as this is the town we came for homeopathic care for my dear late wife Martine. Memories forever. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Surzur is located in the Morbihan department 56 in the region of Bretagne. The town is located between the Rhuys peninsula with the town of Sarzeau; the Pénerf river, with the towns of Tour-du-Parc, Damgan and Ambon; the Gulf of Morbihan with the towns of Saint-Armel, Le Hézo and Theix-Noyalo; finally, La Trinité-Surzur and Lauzach. All very nice and several posts in my blog. The town is  located 16 km from Vannes.

The town of Surzur is crossed from east to west by the D 20, the town’s main road. It divides the town into two distinct parts: The D 195, which links Noyalo to Le Tour-du-Parc via the town of Surzur. The D 183, which connects the expressway from Vannes to Nantes, the N 165, but also the connection with the villages located inland, such as La Trinité-Surzur, Sulniac or Le Gorvello. by Kicéo, Vannes transport company line 22 Vannes Liberation – Surzur centre.

Surzur seems to have come from the Latin Sartor or Sartorius.. Surzur, in Breton is Surhur. It is a former primitive parish which once encomwent the territories of the La Trinité  , Le Hézo and the small parish of Noyalo. The parish of Surzur depended on the temporal fief of the Bishop of Vannes. In the 8C, it was the Bretons’ turn to settle. . In the middle ages, the territory of Surzur had several small Lordships  In 1790, Surzur loses Noyalo, the Le Hézo and the Trinity-Surzur. It is the capital of the canton from 1790 to 1801.  During WWII, the Nazis occupied the manor of Pérénes, owned by the Garaby de Pierrepon family. The Pénerf river has allowed the installation of many oyster farming sites. These are located at the points of Port-Groix and Pentès and face those of Pen Cadénic (town of Tour-du-Parc) and Pénerf.

The General Count Henri du Fresne de Virel, a Châtelain in Surzur at the Château du Grégo, is a hero of the resistance. Born in 1897, he was decorated with the Croix de Guerre 1914-1918 and that of 1939-1945. He undertook in 1940 to the ORA under the orders of General Frére. Tortured in August 1944, he died on 5 March 1945 and was buried in Surzur cemetery. A section of the road D 183 bears his name. Xavier de Langlais , owner-and restorer in 1962 of the Kohanno Kozh Manor, was a painter, church decorator, writer, Breton and regionalist. He is best known today for the technique of oil painting, which is still authoritative today in this field. If he is buried in Sarzeau, he lived in Surzur and realized in the Church of Saint Symphorien several paintings including a stained glass in honor of General Count Henri du Fresne de Virel. A square of the town bears his name.

The Church of Saint-Symphorien ,11-12C, redesigned in the 16C on the sacristy,and 19C the stained glass windows, doors, stands and paneling, and in the 20C. It is in the shape of a Latin cross. It comprises a nave of four bays with aisles, a transept and a flat bedside choir flanked by a chapel in the south. The nave and the square of the transept are Romanesque: the nave communicates with the aisles by large arched arches laid on cylindrical piles. Above the large arcades are small semicircular windows. The triumphal arched arch is carried by columns committed to capitals decorated with stylized foliage, oven and volutes. The choir and the cross-braces, redone in the 16C, have again been retouched since. The southern Chapel of the Choir presents a beautiful flamboyant decoration. The western gate, consisting of a simple arched arch between two high flat buttresses, is from the 12C. The Romanesque tower which stood on the square was demolished at the end of the 19C and replaced by a large Romanesque-style bell tower that rises on a porch at the southern entrance of the south cross brace. The bell tower, dates from 1904-1905. The altarpiece of the bedside, dates from 1751, it sees Saint Symphorien, Saint Isidore and the Virgin in the central niche. The painting depicting the Virgin of the Harvest and located in the lateral Chapel of the Rosary closed by a grid of 1821 dates from 1937. The lateral chapels are under the vocations of the Sacred Heart, the Holy Virgin and Ste. Anne. One of them, located on the north side, belonged to the Lord of Grégo.



The city of Surzur on the church:

The Chapel of St. Helena , 17C, located in the village of Brarun, town of Surzur. Its façade is pierced by a door in a semicircular, dating from the 17C, and surmounted by a stone steeple. It was restored between 1992 and 1995. The stained glass windows evoke the Gothic era with the use of elements of the 15C.  The Chapel houses the statues of Saint Helena, the Virgin, Saint Margaret, St Teresa and Saint Mathurin.



The city of Surzur on its chapels including the above:

Other things to see in Surzur are :

Chapel of Notre-Dame de Recouvrance. Also called Notre-Dame du Bas-bourg, it has lost its northern chapel. There are superb stained glass windows by Laumonier in the apse. The chapel dates back to the 14C, but only the foundations remain from this period, the whole dating back to the 16C. The steeple is from the 19C. From 1874 to the post-war period, it was the seat of the “Congregation of the Blessed Virgin”. It is being restored. Chapelle Sainte-Anne-Grappon ‘(or Graz au Pont): 17C altarpiece and painting, unique in Brittany. It was rebuilt in 1690. Blue paneled vault studded with stars. Very beautiful fountain, from 1690, decorated with two rows of three balls with enigmatic significance. Manoir de Cohanno This estate dates from 1427 and was originally owned by the Francheville family before being purchased by the Lord of Kerguisé. In particular, it subsequently belonged to Xavier de Langlais. Private domain. The artist’s paintings on the mansion’s ceiling were restored in 2006.  Castle of Grégo: it was also occupied by the Nazi army which seized the paintings which were there. Private property. The origin dates back to the 15C, but the current castle was rebuilt for the du Bot around 1750. Pembulzo manor or castle: dating back to the Middle Ages, rebuilt in the 19C following a fire. Chapel 1777 and old outbuildings. It was blessed on November 4, 1777: it was Nicolas Charles Huchet de la Bédoyère, viscount de la Benneraye, knight of Saint-Louis, who had it built. Only the chapel therefore remains old today. Property of the Kermel family.

The Gulf of Morbihan tourist board on Surzur:

And there you go folks, indeed a nice pretty Surzur off the beaten path but as many times in my lovely Bretagne and my belle France gems are everywhere waiting to be found. You will be wonderful here in Surzur; hope you enjoy the post.

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

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March 11, 2021

Church of Notre-Dame-de-la-Tronchaye at Rochefort en Terre!

This a memorable spot for us in our lovely Bretagne and several posts on the town in my blog. However, need to do justice to its main church in a single post, updated. Hope you enjoy this whimsical town and its Church of Notre-Dame-de-la-Tronchaye at Rochefort en Terre!

Often buildings tells the story of its people and how preserved they are, it is no surprise that in France, they are respected and much effort to preserve them is done by all including our benevolent visitors who falls in love with them. I have come to medieval wonderful beautiful Rochefort en Terre in my dept 56 of Morbihan several times and it is our favorite Christmas market (see posts) each year we are home. Therefore, it is time to tell you a bit more on the wonderful nice Church of Notre-Dame-de-la-Tronchaye ! Enjoy it as we do, and again thanks for stopping by. The Church of Notre-Dame-de-la-Tronchaye is located in Rochefort-en-TerreMorbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne.

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A bit of history I like,

The fortified bell tower of the transept junction dates from the Romanesque chapel built in 1125. In 1533, the north façade was rebuilt in flamboyant Gothic style, as evidenced by the inscription of the front of the Portal. In 1610, a large polychrome stone altarpiece which is now at the bottom of the choir. In 1865, the south side is restored. In 1887, the north façade is also restored. In 1898, the west gable was repaired and the grandstand was built. In 1922, the stone altarpiece found its present place whereas before it replaced the old rood screen separating the nave from the choir. The stained glass of the sacred heart is set up on the east gable, and the stained-glass window of the statue’s discovery is installed on the south side.


According to the legend, the Church Notre Dame de la Tronchaye was built on the site where a statue of the Virgin, breastfeeding the infant Jesus, was discovered in the 12C . It is claimed that the statue was hidden in the trunk of a tree two centuries before, while the Vikings attacked the area. A stained glass of 1927 recalls this legend. Therefore, Notre-Dame de la Tronchaye is the name of an ancient and venerable wooden statue of the most Blessed Virgin, preserved in the church. This name of Tronchaye seems to say that the statue was originally exposed or found in the trunk of a tree.


In the 15-16C, under the authority of the family of Rieux, it was erected as a collegiate church and, thereafter, experienced some beautification works. Under the French revolution the Church Notre Dame de la Tronchaye serves as depot and store. Then in the 19C, other transformations altered the Church and its surroundings. It does not have its present appearance until 1924. It was naturally done in Roman style and had the form of a Latin cross, with a square turret on the middle of the inter-transept. This plan is still that of the Church of the beginning of the 20C, because the substitution of the new Church to the former was only gradually made.


Besides the beautiful mansions of the 16-17-18C perfectly preserved, Rochefort-en-Terre has one of the most beautiful churches in the region, dedicated to Notre-Dame-de-la-Tronchaye. From the Romanesque period only the steeple with fortified towers remains, while the main façade reveals the delicacy of a flamboyant Gothic. As for the Calvary, it presents three magnificent stages of sculptures illustrating scenes from the life of Christ.

You will do well coming here at least in Christmas time!!!. The Church Notre Dame de la Tronchaye should a hightligh of the visit! And as usual some webpages to help you plan your trip here are:

The city of Rochefort en Terre tourist office on the Church:

The Rochefort en Terre tourist office on Christmas time:

The Morbihan dept 56 tourist board on the Church:

The Bretagne region tourist board on Rochefort en Terre:

Do enjoy the town, the Church Notre Dame de la Tronchaye, everything here is magical. Of course best by car but come from Paris Montparnasse to Vannes pl de la Liberation bus terminal (gare routiére) and there get the Maury transports bus line 9 to Rochefort en Terre!

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

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