Church of Saint-Maudez at Lanvaudan!

So, here I am again telling you about a little town of my beautiful Morbihan not far from me and briefly mentioned before in my blog. I figure deserves a post of its own to showcase these wonderful off the beaten path towns of mine; all full of architecture and history. Hope you enjoy Landauvan as much as I.

Lanvaudan is located in the Morbihan department 56 , in the region of Bretagne. The town is best known for its old rural habitat which has been largely preserved with its low freestone houses and thatched roofs.  There is no city / town hall as the town is less than 1K folks, the office locally is at 1, Place de la Mairie. The Breton name of the Lanvaudan combines the terms lann designating a consecrated place and the name of a saint: Modan. The town is watered by the Blavet river.

The town, historically, is part of the Vannes country. The primitive parish of Lanvaudan depended on the lordship of Kemenet-Heboé but in 1238, the lordship was dismembered by the Duke of Brittany, Jean Ier Le Roux, who confiscated the lands of Olivier de Lanvaux. Jehan Jegado was ennobled by the Duke of Brittany, François Ier, in 1447. He distinguished himself at the battle of Montlhéry in 1465. There are only two pillars of the main portal, a semicircular building, the old stable and some remains of the chapel. The castle would have been razed by the Vicomte de Saint-Georges, mayor of Pluvigner, at the end of the 19C.

The town of Lanvaudan is made up of several old typical thatched roof houses. A granite lion located in front of one of them is remarkable. The old houses have been restored and the electricity network has been buried underground.  A skirmish between Chouans (against French revolution) and Republicans (French revolutionaries) took place on April 15, 1796 in the presbytery. The presbytery is separated from the parish enclosure by a wall pierced with a door. The Saint-Maudez devotional fountain is located at the bottom of the town at rue de la Fontaine. It also served as a domestic fountain, which perhaps explains its shape, circular and covered, comparable to a well. The aedicule houses a statue of Saint Maudez, a copy of the original preserved in the church.

The feature presentation of Lanvaudan is the Church of Saint Maudez

The Church of Saint-Maudez or Church of Saint-Mandé is at place Saint-Maudé. The parish church was built in 1642 and dedicated to Saint Maudez, a monk of the 5-6C. The first church was mentioned in the 14C. The first was destroyed and a second church was built in 1642. The Church is constructed in a refined way, formed of simples lines, on the basis of a Latin cross plane to a nave and flat bedside walls are built of granite and stone and the roof is covered with slate.


The Interior of the church, albeit very little decorated, contains, in addition to the main altar dedicated to the Saint, two secondary altars dedicated to the Virgin Mary and Saint Roch . It bears the mark of various stylistic elements borrowed as well from the Greek Antiqué such as in the west gate, and spans of the nave in force between the 15C and the 17C. The continuation at a late date mid-19C of the Breton formula with the porch tower with lateral turrets and open bell tower is perhaps one of the ultimate examples of the genre. In addition, the interior of the church is to be noted, especially for its false vault with starry celestial blue and the preservation of all its furniture from the old sanctuary. It testifies to the wealth of its donors; the Lords under the old regime and the rich farmers in the 19C.

The town of Lanvaudan on its heritage

The Lorient south Brittany tourist office on Lanvaudan:

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