Damgan, Penerf and the St Peter’s Church!

And here I continue with a new post and pictures on a wonderful coastal area of my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of the lovely region of Bretagne and in my belle France. I went out again in my road warrior trips with the boys in my gorgeous area and pick up something new to tell from an old town already with posts in my blog. Hope you enjoy the tour of Damgan and its village of Pénerf with its wonderfully cute St Peter’s Church (St Pierre)!

Let me tell you a bit more on the village of Pénerf ok.

Pénerf is a village belonging to the town of Damgan . The first mention of which dates from 1261 during the reign of Duke Jean I of Bretagne, probably means in Breton “the point of the furrow”, in the sense of a coastal barrier or tombolo between Damgan and Penerf. The Penerf oyster is one of the six crus of southern Brittany, along with “Aven Belon”, “Ria d´Étel”, “Quiberon”, “Golfe du Morbihan” and “Croisicaise”. Simply awesome sublime!

The bus line 8 of the Vannes network on Breizhgo takes you to Damgan from Vannes. It has 3 stops but does not reach Pénerf. We come by car of course. Take the N165 from Vannes direction Nantes and get off at exit 21 Damgan, get on the D140 direction Ambon, and then Damgan all the way to the port of Pénerf! In about 50 min from my house.

A bit on the history I like

The 15C and especially the 16C was the golden age for Pénerf, which was then the fourth Breton port. The sailors of the river are specialized in cabotage and have very few fishermen. The name of the port appears on all nautical charts, even those covering the whole of Europe, under various spellings (Pennerff, Penerph, Penhers and even Pencore), the small “bay” being sometimes drawn as big as the Gulf of Morbihan! In the 18C, the salt works in the Penerf river developed, but the abolition of the salt tax in 1848 and the authorization to import mark the beginning of the decline, the exploitation of the salt marshes, however continuing. until around 1930. Today it is the fishermen, the oyster farmers and the birds who share the calm and preserved stalls.Yes very laid back beach village quiet peaceful and nice homes.

And now the main plate of this post on nice quant Pénerf

The Saint-Pierre Church construction dates back to the 17C and probably replaces an older construction. The place having already been inhabited for a long time and formed its own entity, Pénerf obtained the status of parish in 1843 in Damgan. It is enlarged by the addition of a chapel dedicated to the Virgin and a remodeled bell tower. The north and south wings were added in 1853 and 1848 then the church was restored in the 19C. This is an old Friars chapel that belonged to the parish of Ambon in the 16C, and was rebuilt in the 17C. It was unfortunately disfigured in the 19C, when Pénerf became a branch in 1843. A small chapel dedicated to the Virgin was added in 1843. There are stained glass windows offered by families sailors.



Saint Peter is the patron Saint of the fishermen. It preserves ex-votos of models of traditional boats and an ex-voto on paper. The choir was enriched with a mosaic made in 1936 by Louis Barillet thanks to donations from parishioners illustrating the inhabitants praying “Maris Stella”, the star of the sea. Inside, we see two large scale models of boats suspended in the nave .The “Saint-Pierre” is a ship with two masts whose sails can be seen lowered or rolled up. The “Saint-Paul” is a three-masted boat. . It also includes a Stations of the Cross on wood, and a very naive ex-voto painted in 1850. Its original stained-glass windows were destroyed in 1944 by the explosion caused by the explosion of the ammunition stockpile occupant blew up on leaving the country. They are replaced by stained glass, donated by the families of captains to the Long Cours.




The city of Damgan on its history/heritage: https://www.damgan.fr/decouvrir-damgan/histoire-patrimoine.html

The local Damgan La Roche Bernard tourist office on the St Peter’s Churchhttps://www.damgan-larochebernard-tourisme.com/patrimoine-culturel/eglise-de-penerf-damgan/

The Morbihan dept 56 tourist board on the St Peter’s Churchhttps://www.morbihan.com/damgan/eglise-de-penerf/tabid/12562/offreid/a4aec076-ecae-4728-9da5-387b4c2bd2a1

There you go folks another dandy in a wonderful beach resort village on the Gulf of Morbihan, this is Pénerf in peaceful Damgan. Hope you enjoy the tour and thanks for reading me all these years since 2010.

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

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