My new home of Pluvigner in the Morbihan Breton XXX

Well I guess I have overlooked this series telling you about my town. Many things happened lately you know, like the virus and we still trying to get out of it. However, we are behaving well in Bretagne and have some movement and hopefully by mid May we will be fully out. I like to tell you about some curiosities of Pluvigner, my town in the Morbihan breton dept 56 of Bretagne and my belle France! Pluvigner comes from the Breton “Ploe” (parish) and “Guigner”, a Breton saint. In the Breton language is written Pleuwigner. 

I have written plenty on our main Church Saint Guigner so will try to minimize this with new pictures not in other posts. And for the record, not too many dare to write about their town but of far away lands; I guess I am lucky.

pluvi ch st guigner front belltower apr21

pluvi ch st guigner organ nave apr21

Most of the church dates back to the 16C. The tower and bell tower, built in 1781 were restored in the 19C. In 1842, the construction of the transept arms gave the church its Latin cross shape.  The parish church is dedicated to St Guigner whose relics are carried in procession. The Saint is accompanied by an angel wearing an ermine coat of arms. 
The stained-glass windows done 1932-1933, relate the events in the life of famous figures of the parish, such as St Guénaël, the penitent Kériolet or St Guigner.  The lintel of the south door shows a group of Crucifixions, made up of Christ surrounded by the Virgin and Saint John.  The church contains the relics of Saint Guigner and houses a statue of Saint Guigner.  

pluvi ch st guigner altar apr21

pluvi ch st guigner baptismal font apr21The city of Pluvigner on the Church Saint Guignerhttp://www.pluvigner.fr/eglise-paroissiale-saint-guigner/

Next door to the above church and connecting to it we have the  Chapelle Notre-Dame des Orties or Our Lady of the Nettles was invoked against rheumatism. It stood next to the parish Church Saint Guigner , and even communicated with it, at the level of the sacristy. These are called double churches.  From this old chapel, there remains the crossing of the transept dating from the first quarter of the 15C. That is to say, a triple arcade on the nave side, three other simple ones that overlooked the choir and the wings in a pointed arch, with a double roller. These arches rest on columns with capitals which are engaged in piles. On the south side, there is a base, supporting a column, which contains a sculpted mask and a bust figure. The walls of the chancel contained the remains of an 11C Romanesque church. The chapel was demolished in the early 1960s for lack of sufficient funds to restore it but also because of significant risk of collapse. The chapel was shaped like a Latin cross. It consisted of a nave, a transept and a flat apse. A sand pit bearing the date of 1426 was in the choir. We also know that four shields decorated the east gable. Previously, an ossuary took place between the chapel and the parish church.

pluvi chapel next to ch apr21

Located between the parish Church Saint-Guigner and the remains of the Notre Dame des Nettles Chapel, this massive Calvary has a plinth with several degrees. Its long column ends with a two-sided sculpted panel. It shows the Christ, and Sainte Anne left and Saint Guigner rigtht.  It has been recently renovated to look like new.

pluvi ch st guigner calvary apr21

The Monument to the Fallen or Monument aux Morts has an obelisk on plinth with war cross at the top and numerous plaques with names of the dead for France (about.336 local boys) The Bas-relief on bronze plaque representing a Hairy or Poilus as combatant in WWI were called in France,it shows it shows a weapon at his feet. The monument is in granite and the slabs are in white marble. It was started and in 1906 and finished after the Great war, and renovated in 2018. It is right next to the above church as well.

pluvi ch st guigner mem aux morts apr21

Last but not least we had to take some home as it was across the street ! The La Fondue de Chocolat.  3 rue de l’église, diagonally in front of the Church Saint Guigner. This is a great shop and one we certainly visit often. The store is smallish, but packed with all kinds and shapes of chocolate items, wines, liquors, pates, miel ;coffees, cookies, jellies and snacks from many leading producers even as far as Provence. However, the main thing is the chocolaten and they are maître chocolatiers! We carry a box or botin with 45 pieces of an assortments of chocolates!!! Yummy!! The webpage in French :https://www.lafonduedechocolat.fr/

pluvi la fondue de chocolat front apr21

And the section on the city of Pluvigner webpage on heritage and history: http://www.pluvigner.fr/listes/patrimoine/

The Bay of Quiberon tourist board on Pluvigner: https://www.baiedequiberon.co.uk/pluvigner

And there you go folks ,show you a bit more of my hole on earth Pluvigner, for the last 8 years! It is really , the longest I have stay in one home domicile! Sometimes , I ask myself why;hard to tell but here we are for the long run! Many family memories lived in this house already ,that will not be forgotten. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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