Let me bring you back north of the Morbihan to another off the beaten path place and really worth the stop especially for its gastronomic fame and the architecture of its monuments. This is a bit of an introduction to Guémené sur Scorff. 

Guémené-sur-Scorff is located in the Morbihan department 56 , in the region of Bretagne. Located in Argoat, it is considered the capital of the Pourlet Country. Today it owes its fame above all to its gastronomic specialty: andouille de Guémené.

The history of Guémené is largely linked to that of its castle. The city owes its development to the presence of the latter. Guémené, at the beginning, was only a simple truce dependent on the parish of Locmalo. The stronghold of Kemenet-Guegant was absorbed at the beginning of the 12C by Alain Ier de Rohan, a member of the Rohan family. It was at this time that the feudal motte was replaced by a stone castle, including keep and dwelling. The castle gradually falls into ruins, even serving as a quarry for building houses; the keep was demolished in 1693. In 1843 the castle was acquired by the de Launay family, who in 1860 built a private residence, in neoclassical style ,currently the city/town hall, in the very heart of the old castle. Some other interesting things to see here me think are the Hôtel des Princes (16C), and the Seneschal’s house (17C).

Guemene sur Scorff old chateau de rohan jun13

guemene sur scorff hotel de ville side to chteau jun13

Guémené-sur-Scorff is quoted in Aragon’s poem, The Conscript of the Hundred Villages, written as an act of intellectual Resistance in a clandestine manner in the spring of 1943, during WWII.

And now the feature presentation on the Church Notre Dame de la Fosse!

At Guémené sur Scorff, we saw the wonderful small Church of Notre Dame de la Fosse, from the 19C and  rebuilt around 1820. The bell tower dates from the 18C and stood near the present Church, housing the four bells. The former bell tower collapsed in 1757. This church’s is square and surmounted by a dome, whose construction was decided by the Guémené-sur-Scorff factory in 1761, and replaced a former collegiate church of the 14C who disappeared during the French revolution. A college of canons was founded in 1529 by Mary and Louis IV de Rohan, the Lords of Guémené. The choir of the Church is enlarged in the 16C to accommodate the chapter (six canons) and stalls are installed. Stalls are reworked in 1932 and only remain today the sculpted panels. These sculpted panels now adorn the side altars and are the only remnants of the former collegiate church.


Guemene sur Scorff eg notre dame de la fosse interiors nave jun13

Guemene sur Scorff eg notre dame de la fosse along the moats jun13

The city of Guémené sur Scorff on its history/heritage:

The local tourist office of the Pays du Roi Morvan on the church:

And there you go folks, another dandy in my beautiful Morbihan and in my lovely Bretagne and in my belle France..Sights and stories to always amaze you. Hope you enjoy the post on the wonderful Guémené sur Scorff.

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

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