Ploemel, a church and a chapel!

Again, this is another find looking at older post realise only briefly mentioned this monument in a combine post so therefore ,I have taken it out singlely as they deserve a post of their own. This is the story of the Church Saint André and the Chapelle ND de la Recouvrance of Ploëmel in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne.

Ploëmel in the heart of a triangle between Auray, La Trinité-sur-Mer and Étel. Ploemel is 137 km from Rennes, 138 km from Nantes and 105 km from Quimper.  Ploemel comes from the Breton “ploe ” (Parish) and “Emel ” or “Meir “, leader of the Breton emigrants who came in the 7C. The wave that brought the Bretons from present day UK. The main lordship was that of Locmaria, formerly owned by the Broérec in the 13C, a younger branch of the ancient Counts of Vannes, and by the family of Trévegat in the 15C. In 1790, Ploëmel was erected as a town under the French revolution, and capital city of the District of Auray, with Erdeven for sole dependence. During the revolutionary torment, the Rector refuses to take the civil constitutional oath and exile himself in Spain. The Royalists (Chouans), many in Ploemel, then supplied vigorous supporters to GenGeorges Cadoudal. In 1801, the town loses its title of Canton capital and is attached to that of Belz.

At Ploëmel a small town furthest from the ocean ,you have wonderful small city center with a fountain laundry of Recouvrance and the nice Church of Saint André and the better Chapelle Notre Dame de la Recouvrance next to each other. The bus 18  passes by here from Auray so not even need a car!  The Chapelle was done between 1560 to 1563 and a pilgrimage site for the fisherman and seamen in the area ,and there is a big pardon on August 15 each year.




The Saint-André Church (St Andrews) done from 1835-1847. It is a church, shaped like a Latin cross, with semicircular windows. This church replaces a 17C church damaged during the French revolution. The current church was extended to the east by a sacristy. The nave comprises of four bays, with a bell tower-porch which dates only from 1847. The retable-lambris (wooden panels) dates from the 19C and the central painting which represented a Resurrection, done in 1859, was recently replaced itself surmounted by a representation of the eternal Father, and the lateral niches houses statues of St. Andrew and St. Isidore.



The city of Ploëmel on the Church in French:

The city of Ploëmel on the Chapel in French:

The Bay of Quiberon tourist office on Ploëmel

There you go folks, now I feel better telling about this small town  of Ploëmel  very close to the coast and the Atlantic ocean .Hope you have enjoy this brief introduction and the main monument St Andrews Church!

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

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