Down the coast of Morbihan, three beauties!

Ok this older post I am just going to refresh the text and update the links and do in my black and white series with no pictures, plenty of them in my other posts on these three towns! These are down the coast of my department 56 Morbihan and we frequent often, very nice small towns. Let me in a way introduce you to Locmariaquer, Crac’h, and Saint Philibert. Hope you enjoy it as I bringing back the memories of our visits.

The beauties off the coast of my beautiful Morbihan just south of me. Just an update to tell you a bit more on the history and other things to see not shown before. I will be telling you about three beauties of Locmariaquer, Crac’h, and Saint Philibert. These are all coastal towns with good beaches!

Locmariaquer is located at the western mouth of the Gulf of Morbihan and has many beaches overlooking the Bay of Quiberon, western part of Mor Braz which opens access to the Atlantic Ocean. Love to come here for a drink or lunch across from the bridge into the sea.

The town of Locmariaquer was then considered the cradle of the flat oyster. The first concessions in the river of Auray were issued in 1882. But, in 1973-1974, the flat oyster of the Gulf of Morbihan is decimated, even annihilated by two pests. It is then that the culture of the hollow oyster of Japanese origin is introduced. Today, the Oyster farmer Locmariaquérois became a hollow oyster farmer in the Gulf and Rivière de Saint-Philibert. The harvest and rearing of the flat oyster are mainly in Quiberon Bay.

Things to see

Church of Notre-Dame de Kerdro: Romanesque style, built in the 11C and 12C, Chapelle du Moustoir; Chapelle Saint-Pierre, Saint-Michel Chapel; Statue of Our Lady of Kerdro, Pointe de Kerpenhir: High of 2.70 meters, it was carved in granite in 1946, but stayed for 16 years in the Church before being erected in its location in 1962. It replaces a statue erected in 1883 and destroyed by the Germans at the same time as the fort during the occupation, and the Port of Locmariaquer

Locmariaquer is home to a remarkable concentration of megaliths:: Large, shattered menhir of Er Grah, the world’s largest menhir, nearly 20 meters, currently broken into four pieces. Cairn of the Merchant’s Table; Mounds of Er Grah; The flat stones, a long-bent dolmen of nearly 25 meters; Room and tumulus of the Mané-Rutual; Dolmen of Kercadoret;Dolmen of Kerveresse; The Mane-Lud tumulus; Tumulus of Mané et Hroech; this tumulus, 100 meters long and 60 meters wide, 10 meters high, was excavated in 1863. This princely tomb concealed in its center a four-meters long burial chamber in which the researchers found exceptional furnishings, comprising of 106 polished axes in jade, as well as beads and pendulous in variscite, hidden for the most part under the paving of the vault. At the entrance to the room were three fragments of a carved slab. The decoration represents in the center a crest, figuration of the mother goddess, containing a horned sign and two small sticks; above and below, a series of driven axes and finally, at the bottom, a more combusting axe, with a ring at the bottom of the handle.

 Info on the megaliths stones of Locmariaquer:

The City of Locmariaquer on its heritage:

The Bay of Quiberon tourist office on Locmariaquer:

Moving right along to Saint Philibert.

Saint-Philibert was recently created in 1892 on territories that belonged to Locmariaquer.

Things to see here:

The beaches are wonderful here. Notre-Dame-de-Flux-and-Ebb chapel, or Notre-Dame-du-Ster, 17C. Point of Keryondre. Point of Men-er-Basie. Dolmen of Kermané. Dolmen of Kervehennec and  Church of Saint Philibert. 

The City of St Philibert on its beaches:

The Bay of Quiberon tourist office on St Philibert:

And smaller but more to see here at Crac’h, one of my sons worked here!

Crac’h is located in the district of Auray, in the agglomeration or metro area of Lorient, and is part of the community of towns Auray Quiberon Atlantique Terres. The emigrants, who came from current Great Britain in the 5C and the life of this century, colonized the territories of Crac’h to such an extent that all the names of places are borrowed from their language, starting with that of the parish. Crac’h, in all likelihood, is a variant of “Kreac’h, Kreh” which means: Butte, or Hill. The most known things to see here the Saint Thuriau Church, passing by just for shopping fruits or going to the beaches down further.

Things to see in Crac’h:

The Church Saint-Thuriau the parish church dates from 1809. It has been the subject of several restorations. In 1828 the Duchess of Berry granted the municipality of a relief for repair: The steeple located near the coasts would be a useful point of view for navigators. Above the West porch, a stone bears a Latin inscription referring to the altitude. In 1904, the Church received three beautiful new bells from Villedieu-les-Poêles . It is built In the form of a Latin cross, it rises from a square tower to the west and from a porch at middle. The bell tower has three uneven floors and a pyramidal arrow. An oculus adorns the second floor. The same bell tower is open in four bent bays.

Inside the Church Saint Thuriau, the nave is stone-paved. The wings of the transept open with bold arches, which takes place on a circular podium. The bust and the reliquary arm of Saint Thuriau contribute to the richness of the sanctuary. (The relics of this Saint were brought to the Duke of Brittany at the château of Auray and then entrusted to the parish of Crac’h). Descent of the Cross by Jouvenet, whose original of 1700 is located at the Louvre museum in Paris, and separating the statues of Saint-Thuriau and Saint Clair. The side altarpieces include flower falls and wreaths surmounted by cherub faces. It is to the north of the Donation of the Rosary: the character of the left at the foot of the Virgin would be Saint Dominic and the dog, symbol of fidelity, carries in the mouth the torch of the faith. South Side, the other painting The Virgin, St. Anne and Saint Joachim dates from 1882. Other statues enrich the Church: Saint Isidore, Saint Mathurin, Notre-Dame de la Clarity on the left, and right, Saint Thuriau, Saint Appoline and Saint Avertin. At the bottom of the Church, a vast rostrum rests on four columns with Corinthian capitals and its balustrade is adorned with two angels reported from the old altar. The organ comes from Sainte-Anne d’Auray.

The two dolmens of Parc-Guéren, the door of the staircase turret of the Château du Plessis-Kaër, the dolmen of Kerourang, the dolmen of Mané-Rohenezel, the dolmen of the Mare the walkway covered by Luffang Tal er Roch, the Gallo-Roman aqueduct of Rosnarho. The Château de Kérantré is on the right bank of the Auray river. It was built in the late 18C as a replacement for a former manor house destroyed by a fire in 1788. The place served as an asylum for the escaped emigrants following the Quiberon affair in 1795 (plot by Bretons against the French revolution). The house chapel was dedicated to Sainte-Anne. At the Gouvello since 1620, the castle passed, by marriage, in 1871, to the family of D’Aboville, who still owns it. The large rectangular building pierced by windows with mullions opens with a monumental door perched on a porch with balusters and enclosed in a thomas of stone that extends a triangular pediment placed on the roof. Nearby was the bridge called Caesar’s bridge in the countryside, which put in communication the two parts of the Roman way between Vannes and Locmariaquer.

The City of Crac’h on heritage/history:,5.html

The Bay of Quiberon tourist office on Crac’h:

And to know these towns are very easily connected and close to each other so it is possible to see them all in a couple days excluding the dolmens and beaches, for these you will need a week lol! There you go enjoy the coastal towns of my beautiful Morbihan of my lovely Bretagne.

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

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