Church Notre Dame de Kerdro of Locmariaquer!

And let me continue my journey of past posts enjoying every minute of it; and thank you for following me along. I take you back to my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne. This is a place we go often but as usual cannot write everyday on it! and sometimes pictures are not taken… Nevertheless, I did on the wonderful coastal Church Notre Dame de Kerdro of Locmariaquer! Let me tell you a bit about it.

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We are still in Spring but sunny just nice Breton weather!  Again passages of it but feel need to tell you a bit more in depth on these beauties.  Locmariaquer is a town located at the western mouth of the Gulf of Morbihan and has many beaches overlooking the Bay of Quiberon, western part of Mor Braz  (sort of like the Breton sea area just outside the gulf of Morbihan) which opens access to the Atlantic Ocean.

One nice monument to see here and its just by the harbor,nice, is the Church Notre-Dame de Kerdro , a Romanesque style church, built between 1082 and 1120 by the monks of Quimperlé, the transept and the choir are the surviving elements. In 1548, Locmariaquer was attacked by the English fleet and largely destroyed. The Church suffers damage. It is re renovated new in the 17-18C as the construction of the nave, modification of the Romanesque parts; the Bell Tower is built in 1817. The west, north and south gates are built in 1835.  The Church of Notre Dame de Kerdro is done in a Latin cross, the intersection of which is a square tower of 1817 with a Bell Tower and a slate. The Romanesque apse is backed by four buttresses.. At the location of the southern one, a sacristy was built. The exterior walls of the Romanesque part, choir and transept, mounted in small archaic apparatus like cubic rubble, scattered bricks and rows of Roman bricks in re-use, are older 11C than the interior structure. The façade bears the Latin inscription “HIC Domus dei” or”here is the House of God“. The south gate is protected by a porch in advance; It is topped by a crest bearing the words “Haec Porta Coelli” or “this is the gate of heaven”.

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The Church Notre Dame de Kerdro is covered with framing. It consists of a nave with three smaller naves 18C separated by full-arches worn by square piles, a transept and a Romanesque Choir 11-12C. The Cross of the transept opens with large double-roll arched arches worn by complex piles with engaged columns whose capitals are carved. It is covered with a wooden ceiling. The choir of two bays separated by a double arch falling on columns engaged in carved capitals is vaulted into a cradle. It ends in a cul-de-furnace the beautiful series of Romanesque capitals is adorned with stylised geometric and vegetal motifs. A marquee is carved from opposing Rams ‘ heads in angles.

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The ornamention inside the Church Notre Dame de Kerdro includes a Blessed cowl included in the wall near the south entrance would date from the 15C. It is adorned with foliage and grapes. Each of the two crosses has an altarpiece topped by a painting, dating from the 17C. The table of the north brace represents the Annunciation, the one of the south the crosillon the Visitation. The twelve stained windows of the Church Notre Dame de Kerdro are equipped with contemporary stained glass, made in 1960.The motifs of the seven stained glass windows of the nave and the transept are abstract. The five stained glass windows of the choir represent images related to the region such as boats and fishing, ears of wheat (agriculture), letters NDK (Notre-Dame-de-Kerdro), bouquet of oyster-culture tiles, dolmen and menhirs (megaliths /stones).

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Very nice Church Notre Dame de Kerdro, and just around the port area with great seafood and views of the boats, nice indeed. Some webpages to help you plan your visit here are:

The town of Locmariaquer on religious monuments such as the Churchhttp://www.locmariaquer.fr/patrimoine-religieux-page-74-rub-2.html

The Bay of Quiberon tourist office on Locmariaquerhttps://www.baiedequiberon.co.uk/locmariaquer

A private webpage in French locker56470 with lots of history on the Church: http://locker56740.free.fr/nd_de_kerdro.htm

So there you go folks, another gem indeed me think. And only 34 km from my house or about 21 miles. Enjoy Locmariaquer and the Church Notre Dame de Kerdro!

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

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