Church Saint Bertin at Guillac!!

And here giving you a look of off the beaten paths areas of my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne in my belle France. This is deep Morbihan inland away from the coasts. We road warrior all over but still lots to be seen here! Let me show you a bit of quant Guillac!

Guillac is located in the north of Morbihan between Josselin and Ploërmel . On March 26, 1351, Guillac saw the battle of the Thirty taking place, near the oak of the moor of Mi-Voie or half way (see below).

The parish Church of Saint Bertin of Guillac built between 16-17C, rebuilt in 1860. The Church, as you see today is from the end of the 16C, and originally included only one nave flanked, on each side of the choir, a chapel opening on the sanctuary by a third-point arcade. In 1860, it was added a choir, which gave it the plan of a Latin cross. There are stained glass windows, and the crawly roof are decorated with crosses. The bell tower is covered with slate. The old stained glass disappeared during the construction of the choir. In the northern Chapel, a stained glass window depicts Saint Sosthène and Sainte Herminie ;donated at the end of the 19C by the owners of the Château de Josselin. The table titled “the donation of the Rosary” dates from the 17C, to the right of the Virgin and Child are women including Anne of Austria and St. Catherine of Siena, and on the left are men, including Louis XIII and St. Dominic. The Church housed a wooden statue of Saint Bertin from the 17C.


The parish Church Saint Bertin , dedicated to Saint Bertin, has the form of a Latin cross. It is in medium and small nave with ogival stained glass windows with flaming mullets. there are remnants of stained glass , representing the Apostles, with their names in Gothic letters. These remains of stained glass were replaced by other new stained glass windows, also representing the twelve Apostles, and in addition the child Jesus, the Blessed Virgin and Saint Bertin. In addition, the Church currently owns two other beautiful stained glass windows from 1831, one is at the window of the north Chapel, representing Saint Sosthène and Sainte Herminie ; the other is at the first window of the nave, representing Saint Louis, King of France, and Saint Yves.

Other interesting things to see in Guillac are : The Saint-Bertin fountain built in 1665, following a wish that would have put an end to a plague in the parish. Built in stone, the fountain looks like an aedicule with a molded pediment, in the center of which is engraved the coat of arms of the Saint-Pern family. The abbey of Saint-Jean-des-Prés was founded around 1159 by Eon II viscount of Porhoët. It felled into commendation in 1507, and never succeeded in freeing itself from its commendatory abbots. La Colonne des Trente (the column of thirty) is located at a site called the Pyramid just outside town of Guillac. The first stone was laid on July 11, 1819. Its construction required 4 years of work and the granite obelisk was inaugurated on July 6, 1823. It was erected to salute the memory of the fighters who clashed during the Combat des Trente, (combat or battle of the thirty) March 26, 1351. But only the fighters of Charles de Blois’s party are honored by the monument. The succession crisis of the Duke of Brittany Jean III, in 1341, opposed Jean de Montfort and his English allies to his niece Jeanne de Penthièvre, supported by the crown and Charles de Blois. Following a challenge, thirty Franco-Breton knights and thirty Anglo-Breton knights clash in an endless battle. Brandebourch, the captain of the English was killed as well as eight of his companions. All the other surviving combatants, on both sides, were wounded.

The town of Guillac on the Church Saint Bertin

The Morbihan tourist board on Guillac

Again, another gem in my beautiful Morbihan always something to see and appreciate the architecture and history of Bretagne and France. Hope you enjoy the brief ride thru Guillac!

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

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2 Comments to “Church Saint Bertin at Guillac!!”

  1. So amazing! Thank you. It truly feeds my soul until I can travel again.

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