Church Saint-Denis at Saint Gravé!!

So bringing you back to my beautiful Morbihan and its small picturesques towns on the off the beaten path. I will give you a brief instroduction to Saint Gravé. So much for updating older posts which ,also, allows me to find these missing gems. Hope you enjoy the post on the Church Saint Denis at  Saint Gravé. 

Indeed ,Saint Gravé is a nice little town in the woodlands of my beautiful Morbihan pretty close 4 km to St Martin sur Oust (see post), and we love it in the countryside!

The town of Saint-Gravé, it seems, is a dismemberment of the primitive parish of Pleucadeuc. In 837, the cartulary of the Abbey of Redon reported the presence of the monks in the territory of Saint-Gravé.  The parish is mentioned in the 11C. It seems probable that Saint Gravé, Sancta Gravida, is the name of the Virgin responding to the Angel who announced that she was going to be the mother of the Redeemer. Created as a town under the French revolution in 1790, Saint-Gravé was attached to the canton of Rochefort-sur-Terre in 1801. The territory is naturally bounded to the north by the Oust river and to the south by that of Arz river; to the east it borders to Peillac and to the west to Pluherlin and to Saint-Congard. The town is located to the east, 6 km from Rochefort en Terre and 40 km from Vannes ,and just 20 minutes from Redon.

The Church Saint-Denis b. 1900 replaces an old church destroyed in the late 19C. The old church remains only part of the Sainte-Anne Chapel, dated 1864. The Church houses a polychrome wooden statue of Santa Gravida or Our Lady of Advent. It retains a processional cross in silver of 1664. The parish church, under the term of Saint Denis the Areopagita, preserves some remnants of an ancient church south of the nave. There are also two ogival stained glass windows with flaming mullets, impellers and four leaf clover . The chapels once wore the names of Cancoet, the Brossais and the Saulaye. Today they are dedicated to the Rosary, to St. Anne and to the Sacred Heart.


Other things to see are: the Dolmen des Follets (around 3000 years BC), the Saint-Sixte chapel (16C), the former 18C presbytery, former hunting meeting point for the lords of Rochefort, the residence of Kerdrel (1882), former house of nuns (the Daughters of the Holy Spirit) donated in 1882 by the family of Kerdrel. Chapel of La Bogerais (16C). Also, the private monuments such as the Château du Brossais (19C). The first manor house existed in 1383. The current castle was built around 1600 and enlarged in 1780. The castle of Cancouët (15C), seat of a former lordship. The buildings are surrounded by a wall dated 1643. You will see there a dovecote.

The city of Saint Gravé on its heritage:

The Rochefort en Terre tourist office on Saint Gravé

And now I feel better telling you about these small gems in my beautiful countryside of Morbihan in my lovely Bretagne. Little Saint Gravé is quant, pretty and if combine with a visit to the above towns a perfect getaway by car of course. Hope you enjoy the tour as I.

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

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