Port Louis 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 Port Louis in the Morbihan!

One place we love to go is the city of Port-Louis better known thanks to its citadel, but it has a lot more. The city which was formerly called Blavet and its citadel are renamed Port Louis in 1618 on a the Royal decision. Port-Louis, or Porzh Loeiz in Breton, recalls the name of the Kings of France and thus marks their suzerainty on this port which was long a Spanish fortress. The city is occupied by the Spaniards from 1590, the Duke of Mercœur, in a first time his alliance with king Felipe II (Philip II) , having delivered them thereafter, Don Juan del Aguila defended it and built fortifications there. The name of the new stronghold is given to him as Fuerte del Aguila (Fort de L’Aigle or Fort of the Eagle). The Citadel was half dismantled at the beginning of the 17C, the Spaniards having evacuated the territory. The current name of Port-Louis, dating from 1618, is given in honor of King Louis XIII who wanted to make it a fortified city completed in 1642, the Citadel of Port-Louis (see post) is the key element of the defence of the harbour. Under the French revolution, the town provisionally carries the names of Port-de-l’Égalité and Port-Liberté.

However, other monument I like to see here and do each time in town is the church. I like to use this post to tell you more about it .Hope you enjoy the post as I

The Church  Notre Dame de l’Assomption, done between 1660-1670, was designed as a Latin cross style, very ample: long over 40 meters, wide of 12 meters in the nave and 30 meters in the transept. Outside, this church remained very austere. The frame was simply panelled, and on the cross of the transept stood a steeple covered with slate, 15-16 meters high. The church was renovated in 1835. The Church was burned by the wild crowds in 1918 and rebuilt later. The reconstruction work of the present Church were undertaken as early as 1921 From the old Church you can see the facade from the renaissance pseudo classic , it has a square belltower pierce by bays decorated with pilasters. The bell dates from 1853. To prevent a new fire, it was decided to cover the Church with a frame and a reinforced cement vault, the double sides of which fell on columns leaning against the walls. The choice of this material explains to a large extent the poor acoustics of the Church. The three altars marry the white stone with the colour marble elements and mosaics. On the wall of the bedside is shown a large portrait of the Assumption by Titian. Another composition was highlighted in the north wing of the transept. It is a triptyque, model after Rubens, with in the middle a descent of the Cross and on the sides, the Visitation and the presentation to the temple. On the other hand, the Annunciation model after Leonardo da Vinci, hardly noticeable, at the bottom of the nave, under the rostrum. In this Church, furnished with rich marble altars and decorated with painted stained glass, works of art attract particularly the attention of the many foreigners who visit it during the summer season. And off season is calmer as this is also a beach town.

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The City of Port Louis on its heritagehttps://www.ville-portlouis.fr/64-decouverte/488-cite-d-art-et-de-patrimoine.html

The Lorient south Brittany tourist board on Port Louis: https://www.lorientbretagnesudtourisme.fr/fr/immanquables/port-louis/

The Bretagne region tourist board on Port Louishttps://www.brittanytourism.com/destinations/the-10-destinations/southern-brittany-morbihan-gulf/port-louis/

And there you go folks another nice town Port Louis ,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 Port Louis in my Morbihan. And remember, happy travels, good health,and many cheers to all!!!

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