Church of Saint Gildas in Gâvres!!!

And here I continue with my updating mood of older posts and come back to the coastal Morbihan. This is a great area found with our local curiosity a while back and since a happening place for the family. The best here is the beach but the city center or bourg is nice too. Let me tell you a bit more on the Church of Saint Gildas in Gâvres!!!

The town of Gâvres is located on a peninsula of the same name facing Port-Louis, at the entrance to the bay of Lorient and to the east of the ïle de Groix island. Gâvres is located at the northern end of Brittany’s largest dune cordon, which stretches from Pointe de Gâvres to Fort de Penthièvre, in the town of Saint-Pierre-Quiberon. Its history is linked to the craft of coastal fishing and offshore fishing with a predilection for sardine, before becoming a strategic military commerce place in the 17-18C, parallel to the development of the ports of Lorient and Port-Louis.

The Church of Saint Gildas b. 1888, in the form of a Latin cross, replaced the old Romanesque chapel which depended on a Priory located in Plouhinec. The former prieural Chapel, largely Romanesque, was demolished around 1880-1891,  and replaced by a Romanesque church. A stained glass windows dates from 1963. There are ex-voto models of the three-masts boats such as  “Saint-Gildas ” and  “Sainte-Anne “, that date from 1900. Gâvres was part of the parish of Riantec until 1868. This small church was rectangular with two aisles. The central arcades rested on pillars. As the population kept growing, it became too small. The solution: to build a larger church. The first stone of the Church was laid in  1887 and the main work was completed in 1988. For lack of money, it was not possible to build a bell tower. A wooden campanile was erected outside the Church on the north wall to hang the primitive bell that was replaced in 1911. The cracked bell was melted and reformed to get the notes. The other two bells, come from a parish in Algeria. The blessing of the bells took place in July 1969. They are called Jeannine-Stanislas, Reine-Maxime and Marthe-Pierre. In 1971, the Church of Saint Gildas finally had a real  bell tower. Above the porch, a statue of St Gildas in granite, welcome visitors.

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Other interesting things to see here other than the beach are the Tumulus de Gâvres, a passage dolmen under a tumulus. The Fort de Porh-Puns located along coast of Pointe de Gâvres, about 400 meters as the crow flies of the Saint-Gildas Church above. The fort is disarmed after WWII and bought in 2007 from the Ministry of Defense by the Syndicat Mixte du Grand Site Gâvres Quiberon.

The town of Gâvres on the Church of Saint Gildas: https://www.gavres.fr/culture-et-patrimoine/eglise-saint-gildas/

The Cape Lorient on Gâvres heritage: http://gavres.caplorient.fr/Patrimoine.6391.0.html

The Lorient South Brittany tourist office on Gâvres: https://www.lorientbretagnesudtourisme.fr/fr/immanquables/gavres/

And there you go folks, another dandy in my beautiful Morbihan, by the coast but many other things to see on its architecture and history of Gâvres. Hope you enjoy the brief introduction to the Church of Saint Gildas!

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

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