The curiosities of Guer!!!

And coming back at you with another off the beaten path gem of my beautiful Morbihan. This Guer has lots of architecture and history in it, and will let you know, but mostly we came to walked its inner center and the wonderful church. Therefore, let me give you a brief introduction to Guer!

The town of Guer is located in the Morbihan department 56, in the region of Bretagne. Guer includes four subdivisions such as Guer-Coëtquidan, Saint-Raoul, La Telhaie and Bellevue-Coëtquidan where you will find the military schools of Saint-Cyr-Coëtquidan, located straddling the neighboring town of Saint-Malo-de –Beignon (see post). The town, also, borders on the forest of Brocéliande, where the legend of Merlin the magician, the fairy Morgane and the fairy Viviane is woven.

The town of Guer is in the Gallo (romanesque latin) country; whose language is to be differentiated from the Breton (celtic), spoken in lower Brittany. The town of Guer owes its origin to Saint Malo, the first bishop of Aleth. In the 7C he built a Hermitage at the very place where the Church of Saint Gurval is today.

Another important element here for the military history buffs is the military camp famous since after the Franco-Prussian war of 1870.  The national military camp of St-Cyr Coëtquidan is located south of the forest of Brocéliande. With an area of 5253 hectares, it covers 6 towns: Campénéac (1 945 ha), Beignon (1 597 ha), Augan (568 ha), Porcaro (491 ha), Guer (358 ha) and Saint-Malo de Beignon (75 ha). The camp currently is hosting 3 military schools, official webpage:

What we did do is walked the quaint streets of Guer, pl de la gare, the pl de l’hippodrome with its nice horse race track, and the wonderful Church of St Gurval, there was a church here since the 9C when it was mentioned of the arrival of St Gurval as ermite in the 7C and gave its name. The actual church is built from 1807 to 1847,in the form of a Latin cross, with new renovations done in 1870. It is a wonderful church.


The creation of the choir furniture and side altars dates from 1899. In 1923, the paving with a path in mosaic was created. You can see a reliquary of St Gurval from the 15C and a half relief in alabaster from the 15C. Statues, stained glass windows, a banner from the 18C restored, and a full-size Christ nature.


Guer ch st Gurval chap st anne dec12

Guer ch st Gurval stained glass dec12

Other things to see in Guer are: The castle of Ville-Huë with parts built in the 13C, 18C, 19C and 20C. The castle of Coëtbo, manor since the 15C The chapel of Saint-Étienne, built in the Carolingian period with materials and perhaps part of the base dating from the Gallo-Roman period .

The town of Guer and its history:

The Guer-Coetquidan Broceliande tourist office on the Church of Saint Gurval:

The Morbihan dept 56 tourist office on the Church of Saint Gurval

Again, another gem and an off the beaten path site of my beautiful Morbihan! As said, plenty to see here and all wonderful architecture and history of my lovely Bretagne and belle France. Hope you enjoy this brief introduction to magical Guer!

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

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