Little towns of the Côtes d’Armor!

So on my road warrior routes in my lovely Bretagne (Fr) or Brittany (En) or Breizh (Breton) I came up to dept 22 Côtes d’Armor right up the alley from me in about an hour. I went to see a friend with my boys and Dad.

While at it we passed by some interesting little towns with nice monuments I like to have it recorded in my blog. I took up on my road D768 towards Pontivy and then D767 towards Mur de Bretagne (town today call Guérledan) continuing on to Saint Mayeux, then side stepping to Saint Gilles Vieux Marché on the road D69 and back on D767 to the D70 reaching Plussulien ,and finally back on the D767 to reach Le Haut Corlay, where the friend lives and has a boucherie-charcuterie Chez Martell or a butcher shop and small restaurant set up.(see post).

After the visit and lunch, we continue back in our road warrior travels indulging in new roads and new things to see in the neighboring department 22 ,Côtes d’Armor. Our first stop was Saint Mayeux. 

Saint-Mayeux  town was name as such from the18C.. The name of the town comes from Saint Mayeux, little known Breton Saint. Saint-Mayeux est accessible par la D 69, between Saint Gilles Vieux Marché and the village of Kerguiel. It is at 21 km from Pontivy (Morbihan 56).

The main thing to see here is the Church of Saint Mayeux  with a bell tower rebuilt in 1808, been a recovery of that of the Abbey of Bon-Repos. The church houses a statue of the Virgin 17-18C, and old statues of Saint Mayeux, a Crucifix, Saint Yves , and Saint Abbé. The Church Is next to city hall at 1 Place de la Mairie. The cemetery crucifix dates from the 16C, although the year 1861 is engraved on the base. 

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Other things to see are the Saint-Maurice chapel, 14-17C, restored in the 18C with its altarpiece and its miraculous fountain. Le Roch ar lin, with the belvedere steeped in history and legends, including the famous staircase pulpit and its standing stones or Menhirs, such as the Mein ar c’has (the Stone of the cat), the Roch al lein (the Rock at the top). Le Tombeau du Gaulois (a covered walkway).

Saint Mayeux as you can tell is a very small town so the city/town hall just do not have official building more info in French: https://www.annuaire-mairie.fr/mairie-saint-mayeux.html

Then, we saw the name intriguing so took a side step to Saint Gilles Vieux Marché. This town was called trèfle du Vieulx Marché in 1535-1536, just Vieux Marché in the 18C, and then Saint-Gilles-du-Vieux-Marché from 1790. From 1793 during the high of the French revolution, the name became again Vieux-Marché. A decree dated October 27, 1801 officially fixes the final form of Saint-Gilles-Vieux-Marché. It is about 6 km of old Mûr de Bretagne (today call Guerlédan). A huge cycling area see posts

The main thing to see here is the Church of Saint-Gilles rebuilt from 1894 to 1896. It has an external bell tower, a nave with aisles of six spans and a choir. The first stone was blessed on September 23, 1894 and the church on July 5, 1896. The furniture inside offers ancient statues of the Holy Virgin and Saint Gilles; and among modern stained glass windows, Saint Gildas and Saint Yves. It contains some old statues. In the past, roosters were offered at the pardon of Saint-Gilles. Saint-Gilles is a saint of Greek origin who came to the South of Gaul. 

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Other things to see here are the Château du Quellenec, 18C. the Poulancre manor, 17C, the chapel of Saint-Yves, 18C, and the stone or Menhir de Callac.

A little bigger town so it has a city hall here with the Saint Gilles heritagehttp://www.saint-gilles-vieux-marche.fr/le-patrimoine.html

And we finished the ride with another smallist town of Plussulien. The town’s name comes from the Breton “ploe” (parish) and from “Saint Sulia or Saint Suliac”, breton Saint honored as much in Bretagne as in Wales and Cornwall. Plussulien is cited as a locality at the end of the 12C and in 1221. It is about 40 km from St Brieuc.

The main thing to see here is the Church of Saint-Julien dedicated to Saint Julien, bishop of Le Mans, the church was rebuilt from 1873 to 1875. It is in the shape of a Latin cross, includes a nave with aisles of three spans, plus that of the bell tower, a transept and a choir. The current, modern church was built first stone was blessed on July 30, 1873 and its porch is dated 1875. It replaced a church several times rebuilt, in the 14C and 16C; only the 16C stained glass has been re-employed in the current church. The church has a processional silver cross from the end of the 16C; ancient statues of Saint Julien, N.-D. de Pitié, Saint Pierre, Saint Guillaume, Saint Meriadec 17-18C, Saint Cornely, Saint Roch, Saint Laurent, Saint Marguerite; and, among the more recent, those of Saint Sulian and Saint Yves. One curiosity here, there is a nice statue of the Christ Résurrection at the entranc to the cemetery and next to the above church.

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Other things to see here are the menhir of Kerjégu, erected  on the site of Quelfennec, constitutes another witness of human occupation of the territory in the Neolithic period. The site is a dolerite quarry which was the subject of intense exploitation in the Neolithic period, from -3500 to -1800, for the production of polished stone tools, The production of axes seems to have gradually disappeared around -2000 on the diffusion of metal tools in the Bronze Age.

Again small town of Plussulien, simple no city hall building more info in French: https://www.annuaire-mairie.fr/mairie-plussulien.html

There you go folks, another wonderful ride into the countryside of my lovely Bretagne; pure nature and we had sunshine here too! The road warrior freedom of travel, can’t be beat anywhere!  Hope you enjoy these off the beaten path towns of the Côtes d’Armor dept 22.

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

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