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.

rochefort et ch notre-dame de la tronchaye mai12

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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