Plouhinec in my Morbihan!

And are you following me? well stay tune because there is a lot more in my beautiful Morbihan.  As said the choices are endless and the thrill of visiting them again is always there. Hoping to entice you to come and take a look to my corner of the world and you too will know why I am so enthusiastic about Bretagne. Let me tell you a bit more on Plouhinec in the Morbihan!

I have written several posts on Plouhinec but will concentrate on the church on this post. Hope you enjoy it as I.

The town of Plouhinec is located between the Etel estuary on 17 km long and the small sea of Gâvres on 5 km. To the south the 8 km of beach overlooking the ocean are part of the largest dune cordon of Brittany which stretches from the Pointe de Gâvres to the Fort Penthièvre on the town of Saint-Pierre-Quiberon. Plouhinec is 15 km from Lorient, 35 km from Vannes, the capital of Morbihan, and 147 km from Rennes.  Plouhinec is a former primitive parish which once encompassed the current towns of Plouhinec, Gâvres, Locmiquélic, Merlevenez, Port-Louis, Riantec, Sainte-Hélène, Plouray (see posts) and the former towns of Locoal and Saint-Guénin. The holy founder of the parish of Plouhinec seems to be the Breton Ithinuc or Ethinoc, very quickly supplanted by St. Peter and St. Paul as Patron Saint of the parish.

Some of the things to see here are the  Château de Plouhinec entered the House of Rohan at the death of Pierre de Rostrenen, at the time when his daughter Jeanne, widow of Alain VII since 1352 inherits it. The Castle did not remain long in Rohan hands, because it was ceded by Jean I, in 1371, to Duke Jean IV of Brittany, against a life annuity of one thousand pounds. In 1793, the revolutionary authorities decreing the war effort and conscription to resist the European Nations at the gates of Paris. In Plouhinec, the young men resisted recruiting by the commissioners and parodied the revolution by wearing the white flag (Royal original flag of France) and declaring themselves aristocratic. During the Chouannerie (the wars by local rebels against the French revolution), the local peasants acquired to the cause, were incarcerated at the Citadel of Port-Louis. In 1944, the allies decided to destroy the Pont-Lorois bridge (see post) to cut the pocket of Lorient in two. It consisted of 25 towns that went from the Laita river around Quimperlé to the Quiberon peninsula. At the end of the war, the Armistice talks of the Lorient pocket were done in the “Café de La Barre” at the Magouër.

On a side note which of course have written in other posts on this area, you have the large sandy beach of the Magouëro bordered by the wild grey dunes will delight families and lovers of nautical activities such as surfing, fishing, diving, paddle, etc.

What took me here in city center was to see and show you another gem off the beaten path.  The Church of Notre-Dame de Grâce or Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul was built from 1870 to 1873. It is an imposing church of néo gothic style where the high silhouette dominates the houses of the village. The construction of the present church replaced the ancient church of the 12C and 14C with later additions, the Chapel of St. Avit 16C, and especially the very curious Chapel of Notre-Dame-de-la-Clarity which had been begun in 1511 and completed in 1519. Only the bell tower of the latter, which had been completely rebuilt in 1846, was preserved. The choir, the work of the sculptor Le Brun (Vicomte/Versailles), dates from 1891. The altarpiece and the pulpit are magnificent works of woodwork.  Every year there is a procession here departing from the Pontoir Cross or Croix du Pontoir and the fountain located in a square north of city center/downtown.

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The city of Plouhinec on its heritage including the churchhttps://www.plouhinec.com/decouvrir/visites-activites/patrimoine.html

And there you go folks another nice town, Plouhinec in my beautiful Morbihan. Its a treat and lucky to have found it thanks to my dear late wife Martine decision to cut short my foreign trips away from home for longer periods. So I did and it has been a thrill to be here, only sadden by the fact she is no longer with me due to the mean cancer. One more reason to remember her.

Enjoy the wonderful Plouhinec in my Morbihan. And remember, happy travels, good health,and many cheers to all!!!

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