Chapelle Notre Dame de Béléan of Ploeren!

And another gem found in my blog only briefly mentioning when in fact I passed several times a week by this town and already a post on other monuments. This one for some reason was left out but deserves a post of its own. Therefore, here is my take on the Chapelle Notre Dame de Béléan of Ploeren!

Ploeren is in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne! It runs almost pretty much along the expressway or voie express N165 (Nantes-Brest). Ploeren city center to Vannes city center is about 9 km and it is 21 km (about 13 mi) from our house.  In essence, this is where our hypermarkets are located and many shopping/eating places we do just on the other side of the expressway is Vannes.

The city of Ploeren was a former primitive parish which once enclosed the current territories of Arradon and Ile aux Moines, and is one of the cities of the first beltway of Vannes. It was long before the French revolution when the noble families of Vannes liked to own a farm that had a significant income. Even Nicolas Fouquet, (vaux le vicomte non fame) Superintendent of Finance of Louis XIV, was no exception to the rule. This was happening in 1656. It took the French revolution to divide the inhabitants into Chouans (Royal rebels) and Republicans (revolutionaries). Many of the locals engage with General Georges Cadoudal (Chouans). They risk having their belongings confiscated or even losing their lives. But what does it matter,the list was long of the farmers made prisoner here. During WWII, two military planes, one ally, the other enemy, crashed on the town: on August 12, 1941, a Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4 killed its pilot; on May 29, 1943, a B-17, the Concho Clipper serial 42-29838 of the 8th US Army Air Force ,351th bombardment group, 509th bomb Squadron (RQ) collapsed causing 4 fatalities among the crew members.

The Chapelle Notre Dame de Béléan or the chapel of Our Lady of Béléan is located at the village named Béléan, in Ploeren. The original chapel was built by Jean du Garo in gratitude for surviving with his squire, during the seventh crusade preached by Saint Louis in 1248, in order to liberate Palestine. They had been locked up by the Turks in a crate and loaded on a ship. The ruined chapel was restored in the 15C. Today, the Chapel is rectangular in shape, in large and medium size, it measures about 18 by 7 meters. In 2016, the Chapel is still the subject of an important devotion, as evidenced by the numerous candles constantly lit and the book where pilgrims write their requests and thanks. The chapel of Our Lady of Béléan is also called Notre-Dame de Bethléem (Our Lady of Bethlehem). The furniture and interior décor are very simple. Two large paintings on wood, represent “Jean du Garo” and “Saint Michel d’Auray”. An interior stone bench girt the walls. The stained glass window dates from the 16C. In the bay of the south half-mouthful fragments of stained glass bearing the coats of arms of the Kermeno of Garo are remarkable.

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The city of Ploeren on its history in French: http://www.ploeren.fr/decouvrir-ploeren/histoire-et-patrimoine

The Diocese of Arradon on the Chapelle Notre Dame de Béléan in French: http://www.doyenne-arradon.fr/autour-de-nos-paroisses/lieu/30/chapelle-notre-dame-de-belean-de-ploeren

There you go folks, now this is close to home and familiar territory. Ploeren is a nice suburb of Vannes and worth the detour for the Chapelle Notre Dame de Béléan. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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