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August 4, 2021

St Cado, and Portivy in my Morbihan!!

And coming back to my beautiful Morbihan in my lovely Brittany of my belle France, I continue my showcasing of off the beaten path towns of my Morbihan. This time the interesting towns of the coastal Saint Cado in Beltz, and the wild coast of Quiberon with Portivy. This is again an update of an older post that I find nice to do; hope you enjoy it as I.

The small coastal river called the Etel (see posts) once dug a deep valley. Today, with the rise of the waters, the Valley has become an Aber (Celtic word meaning estuary), more commonly called a Ria ( a valley invaded by the sea at rising tide mixing with river water). The Ria of Etel , forms a small bay dotted with isles at its mouth, near Belz (see posts). It is on one of the islands of the bay, according to legend, that came to settle Saint Cado.  The Chapel of Saint-Cado is located in the estuary of Étel, on the island of Saint-Cado  town of Belz  and dates mostly now from the 16C , the nave, the aisles and the choir date from the Romanesque period.

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This is rich in history interesting to my Welsh readers, so bear with me please. Saint Cado (Kado), was born in 522 in Glywysing, former Kingdom of South-East Wales, son of King Saint Gwynllyw, and his wife St. Gladys. The first name would be derived from the Welsh word Cat, the fight , and perhaps this is the explanation of the fact that he became the patron Saint of the wrestlers.

Following the Saxon persecutions, he took refuge in Bretagne with many of his colleagues and settled as a hermit on a small island on the Etel river. A legend says that he hunted all the snakes ;since then there is no longer a single snake in the area of Beltz. He then devoted himself to the evangelization of the country. He built an oratory on this island, where the worshippers, more and more, came to listening. Tired of seeing the frat boats capsizing between the island and the mainland, he decided to build a bridge. Anyway, the mark of his foot on the rock is now called the “slip of Saint Cado“, and the people, in the past, did not pass without bow. The trace was protected by a grid and a cross was erected, which became the Calvary of Pen-er-Pont. near this finishing, St Cado departed to Palestine, and then returned, stopped in Rome where the Pope made him Bishop. He then returned to Wales, in his Abbey of Llancarfan, where he died as a martyr, killed by the Saxons, and Bretagne retained his memories.

The Hermitage of Saint Cado became a monastery, but, despite the gifts of the local lords, it failed to sustained itself.  In 1089, the Duke of Brittany Alain IV puts it under the aegis of the Benedictines of the Abbaye Sainte-Croix. The small monastery then became a simple Priory dependent on the town of Quimperlé. The monks built a priory chapel dedicated to Saint Cado, and immediately a pilgrimage began. The present Chapel, measuring 16 meters long by  over 10 meters wide, and was restored in 1959, however most dates from the 12C. From a classic plan, it consisted of a nave with 3 spans, two aisles and a semicircular apse in the oven-bottom extending the nave. The sacristy and the Chapel were added in 1842. The choir, with its apparent structure, is illuminated by three stained glass windows. Two of them, semicircular, dating from the 12C, were over shaded and reopened during the work of 1959.  The nave is separated from the aisles by semicircular arches resting on square pillars and the choir by a semicircular arch falling on columns engaged, with capitals decorated with foliage and rosettes. In the Chapel there are several interesting statues, including a 15C pedestrian. In the Chapel there is an assemblage of stone blocks called the bed of Saint Cado.  And below the Chapel, some stair steps built in 2004 lead to the devotional fountain dedicated to Saint Cado.

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The city of Belz on Saint Cado: https://www.mairie-belz.fr/saint-cado,311.html

The Bay of Quiberon tourist office on Saint Cadohttps://www.baiedequiberon.co.uk/saint-cado-ria-d-etel

The Bretagne region tourist office on Saint Cado and Ria of Etelhttps://www.brittanytourism.com/destinations/the-10-destinations/southern-brittany-morbihan-gulf/saint-cado-et-la-ria-detel/

Coming right along on the Côte Sauvage or wild coast in the Quiberon peninsula we entered the town of St Pierre de Quiberon and find ourselves in the picturesque fishing village of Portivy. There is something nice here and I will tell you about it.

The Notre-Dame-de-Lotivy Chapel , 11C, built on the site of a former oratory dedicated to Dewi (David), Saint of Wales. It is the chapel of a former Priory (Lotivy) of Sainte-Croix-de-Quimperlé abandoned from the 17C. Duke Hoel  and his wife Havoise donated their estate to the Abbaye Sainte-Croix in Quimperlé in 1069. The chapel was looted and burned by the English in 1746. It was rebuilt by Françoise Sonic around 1840-1844 (read below). The stalls, placed in the choir around the altar, date from the 19C. There is an ex-voto replica of a three-masted boat le Pierre Déarné dating from the 19C.

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On November 6, 1844, a humble and pious young girl, Marie-Françoise Sonic, who cared for her sick mother in Kerhostin (a district annex to St Pierre de Quiberon), decided one evening to go and say a prayer before a statue of the Virgin sheltered in an angle of the ruins of the old Chapel of Lotivy (neighborhood of Portivy). During her prayer she hears very distinctly a voice saying to her in Breton:  “my daughter, go and say to rebuild this Chapel in my name “. Very moved, returning to the village, she tells her adventure. At the same time, Abbé Pascal Le Toullec, a native of Quiberon, has, during a prayer, the haunting thought of rebuilding the Chapel of Lotivy. His project raises enthusiasm. He will take him to good since on September 8, 1845, the first pardon can be held in the reconstructed Chapel. The Chapel is dedicated to the Virgin but it preserves the small statue of St. Ivy. The Chapel is located on the route du Moulin in Portivy.

The Bay of Quiberon tourist office on St Pierre de Quiberon in general: https://www.baiedequiberon.bzh/saint-pierre-quiberon

There you go folks ,another gems in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56! You are better off with a car ,especially on Saint Cado and Portivy but all worth it I can assure you. Hope you enjoy the tour of St Cado at Belz, and Portivy at the Quiberon peninsula.

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

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August 4, 2021

Church Saint-Houardon of Landerneau!

And why not sticking around the wonderful Finistére dept 29 of the region of Bretagne. And take you to see the real countryside in the so called off the beaten path ways. Follow me in my blog to see it and do search for almost anything. Let me update this older post for you and me.

The Church of Saint-Houardon located in Landerneau,  was the seat of the parish of Saint-Houardon in Landerneau until 2017, the date on which the deanery which stretches from Saint-Thonan to Rosnoën and from Logonna-Daoulas to Loc-Eguiner, twenty-two active steeples, not to mention Beuzit-Conogan, is erected in a single parish. A first Saint Houardon Church stood on the shore of the Élorn river . It was rebuilt in the 16C. In 1604, it is enlarged from a southern porch. In 1858, the Church was dismantled and reassembled in the city center, where it is seen today. The operation was financed by emperor Napoleon III.

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On either side of the Elorn river, a church was built. This river was indeed the natural boundary between the two former counties, Léon and Cornouaille, which had their own diocese. Right bank side Leon, the Church St. Houardon was completely moved in the 19C. Closer to the river initially, it could no longer accommodate all the parishioners. Reconstruction and expansion work lasted 3 years, from 1848 to 1861. The porch was raised in finely worked kersantite stone and its slender Bell Tower accompanied by a turret staircase.

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The façade is divided into three floors: on the ground floor, a large arch, open between two corintian columns fluted, above an entablature in the antique, carrying a floor in the shape of attic adorned with three beautiful niches with shells and ten balusters and cushioned by a triangular pediment; on the second floor a sort of attic lower than the previous one and supporting a spoil whose concave curved crawlies are lined by a gusseted railing. Finally, crowning the whole, rises to the top a lantern with domes and balusters. At the corners of the Church Saint Houardon , two thick buttresses, placed obliquely and subdivided into four floors by strong moldings offer an abundant adornment of niches, small arcades, modillions, pilasters and skylights

Some webpages to help you plan your trip and understand this area are:

The city of Landerneau on its heritagehttps://www.landerneau.bzh/un-peu-dhistoire-2/

The Landerneau Daoulas tourist office on Landerneau heritagehttps://www.tourisme-landerneau-daoulas.fr/sortir-bouger/activites-culturelles-et-patrimoine/visites-guidees/landerneau-ville-historique-7370

The Bretagne region tourist office on Landerneau in English: https://www.brittanytourism.com/destinations/the-10-destinations/brest-terres-oceanes/landerneau/

There you go folks, enjoy it fully, wonderful town indeed glad I visited Landerneau in wonderful Finistére in my lovely Bretagne and in my belle France. This is part of the history of Landerneau.

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

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August 4, 2021

Church St.Thomas of Landerneau!

And why not sticking around the wonderful Finistére dept 29 of the lovely region of Bretagne. And take you to see the real countryside in the so called off the beaten path ways. Follow me in my blog to see it and do search for almost anything.

Let me update this post for you and me of a wonderful monument in deep country Finistére. We have on the left bank on the Cornwall side, the Church of St. Thomas of Landerneau was also rebuilt in the 19C. Inside, the sand pits are a beautiful sight and distinguish by various motifs. Closer to the altar, an old wooden statue of the Virgin in an elongated position is interesting because of its original representation.

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The Holy Bishop was almost immediately placed on the altars, and you have, in 1231, a church dedicated to the Holy Martyr, in Bénodet, a church that the Bishop of Quimper Rainaud gave, at that time, to the Abbey of Daoulas. It is, probably, this donation which was the occasion, for the Lords of Leon, founders of the Abbey and owners of Landerneau, to build, at the gate of this city, a church in honor of St. Thomas, which they also gave to the Abbey, and which became the Priory-curie of St. Thomas, from the first half of the 13C.  The primitive Church was rebuilt towards the end of the 16C, and the Tower built on the Sunday of Trinity of 1607.

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The origin of the parish of St. Thomas, whose name refers to Saint Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, murdered in 1170, would be a Priory belonging to the Abbey of Daoulas and installed from 1218. The early St. Thomas Church of Canterbury dates from the 13C. It was rebuilt in the 16C and restored in 1849.  It was transformed  into a decadary Temple in 1798. during the French revolutionary period.

It has a large nave with aisles and a flat bedside. What strikes is its belltower-porch with 3 galleries and finished in a dome. It was erected between 1607 and 1630, the date of completion. Threatening to collapse, it had to be dropped and reassembled in 1849. The façade of the Bell Tower and the porch are decorated with stone statues of St Francis of Assisi, St Eloi and a Virgin at the Calvary above the entrance. To see inside a cowl with gadroons of 1701, the altarpiece of the master altar carved in 1711 , and a rare wooden statue of the  Virgin mother lying of the 15C. The Church of St Thomas is located at the place St Thomas.

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Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and its worth the detour are:

The SPREV safeguard of heritage association tells more of the church: http://www.sprev.org/centre-sprev/landerneau-eglise-saint-thomas-de-cantorbery/

The city of Landerneau on its heritagehttps://www.landerneau.bzh/un-peu-dhistoire-2/

The Landerneau Daoulas tourist office on its heritage: https://www.tourisme-landerneau-daoulas.fr/sortir-bouger/activites-culturelles-et-patrimoine/visites-guidees/landerneau-ville-historique-7370

The Bretagne region tourist office on Landerneau in English: https://www.brittanytourism.com/destinations/the-10-destinations/brest-terres-oceanes/landerneau/

There you go folks, enjoy it fully, wonderful town indeed  in wonderful  Finistére in my lovely Bretagne and in my belle France. This is part of the history of Landerneau.

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

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