L’Hôpital-Camfrout, a wonderful visit!!

This is an off the beaten path town on my road warrior trips in my lovely Bretagne, I was there today nearby at Daoulas (see post), and with time decided to push on to L’Hôpital-Camfrout, or Hôpital-Camfrout, a town in the department 29 of Finistère, Therefore, I went to look for information and history on it as I do for all others to have firmly in place in my blog for years to come I hope.

The town of Hôpital-Camfrout forms, by the bay of Brest a peninsula between the estuary of the Camfrout river to the north and the Aulne estuary to the south, facing Landévennec located on the shore left of the maritime Alder , The town is part of the regional natural park of Armorique. The island of Tibidy depends administratively on the town. The Hospital-Camfrout was located on the old national road 170, a traditional route following the route of a Roman road then a royal road going from Quimper to Brignogan via Landerneau, and taken again by the current expressway national road 165 from Nantes to Brest via Quimper and the Iroise bridge, but with a modified route which now departs from the village of L’Hôpital-Camfrout, passing further east in a trench through the Bois du Gars, And this is now call the D770 which we took on this trip.

You have here a hamlet of Kerascoët part of L’Hôpital-Camfrout, but a port located further downstream on the left bank of the Camfrout river concentrating most of the town’s maritime activities. The town is also the home port of two old rigs, the Notre-Dame de Rumengol barge and the Shepherdess of Domrémy ;the port is also home to platforms, some sailboats and fishing boats. Troaon is with Kerascoët, one of the two largest villages dependent on the town. it is a fishing village, also having a beach, at the mouth of a small stream, the Vorlenn, The Sainte-Anne de Troaon Chapel was built in 1950 and has a recent statue of Saint Guénolé. A pardon takes place at this place every year in July with the traditional blessing of the sea on the shore of Troaon, a nearby port.

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hopital camfrout stone by quai amiral leissegues sep21

A bit of history I like

Hôpital-Camfrout was first a priory dependent on the Abbey of Saint-Guénolé de Landévennec with a charitable asylum and chaplaincy hospital created in 1072 by Justinius, abbot of Landévennec, under the name of Notre-Dame de Caristan, In the 12C , the Hospitallers of Saint-Jean-de-Jerusalem, located in their commandery of La Feuillée would have come to ensure order and benefit from the profit of it.

The Bretons, including Saint Jaoua, the legendary founder of the Abbey of Daoulas and Saint Guénolé, founder of that of Landévennec, would have landed nearby in the 6C. The Normans also landed here in the 10C. A text from the 11C tells us that a charity asylum, the priory of Notre-Dame-de-Caristan was built at the Hôpital-Camfrout by Justinius, abbot of Landévennec, for pilgrims from Hibernia (Ireland) and Scotland on a pilgrimage to Landévennec Abbey.

Kersanton stone had been mined for a long time, particularly directly on the beach in Kerascoët. The main quarries opened from the beginning of the 19C; they were located on the right bank of the estuary of the Camfrout river where there was a string of five open-air kersantite exploitations. The exploitation gradually ceased from 1950 and definitively in 1984. Nowadays, water holes mark the site of the old quarries, the working faces being still visible. Of which stone is made the base of the Statue of Liberty in New York? And much of the same rock that was used to make churches or lighthouses in the region. It is kersantite also called Kersanton stone!!

The main monument to see here ,me think, and we like it by the Camfrout river is the Notre-Dame-de-Bonne-Nouvelle Church, done of course in Kersantite stone, was started in 1490, and was a simple chapel in the parish of Hanvec. The choir has two bays with aisles forming a false transept to the south: it ends with a polygonal apse. The west facade dates from the 16C.

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Hopital Camfrout ch Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle ent sep21

The porch dates from 1611, the sacristy and the transept from 1634. In 1821, it becomes a parish church. It contains a very beautiful statuary; the quarry pits of the Choir bear the coats of arms of the Dukes of Brittany, the Viscounts of Faou and the Lords of Rosmorduc; a polychrome stone statue of Saint Barbe (Santa Barbara), was sculpted in 1511 at the request of Jehan du Vieux-Châtel, the last commissioning abbot of Landévennec. A statue of Saint John the Baptist in polychrome wood was made by the same sculptor. A set of three polychrome wooden statues , known as the crucifixion erected as a beam of glory in the center of the church and dated 1678. Above the door are three shell niches: the middle one houses a statue of Our Lady of Pity. Inside are several ancient statues: Our Lady of Good News, Saint Yves, Saint Sebastian, Saint John the Baptist, Saint Mathurin, Saint Fiacre, Saint Barbe (1511), an Ecce Homo and a Crucifix between the Virgin and Saint John dating from 1678.

Hopital Camfrout ch Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle tympan ent saints sep21

The western facade entirely in Kersanton stone, in the Renaissance style, is remarkable for its quality and craftsmanship. delicacy of his sculptures. On this facade, there is a Kersantite statue representing Saint Guénolé and dated 1983 , the abbot has his right hand blessing and holds a closed book in his left hand. ,A lepers door dates from 1736. A fire that occurred during the night of February 11 to 12, 1825 destroyed much of the frame and roof. The facade porch dates from 1611 and the bell tower. Six stained glass windows were installed in 1955, The parish church has a small relic of Saint Idunet, one of Saint Guénolé’s companions.The stained glass window (1984) of the south wall, represents Saint Guénolé and his disciples.

Hopital Camfrout ch Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle altar sep21

Hopital Camfrout ch Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle chapel Christ risen sep21

Other worth seeing with more time is the Sainte-Anne Chapel done in 1950, located in the village of Troaon, facing the island of Tibidy. There is a statue of Saint Guénolé (1954) and a painting. The fountain of Notre-Dame-de-Bonne-Nouvelle, also known as the fountain of the Virgin, built in 1699, is located 500 meters south of the main church. It houses a crowned Virgin of the 14C. The island of Tibidy is the place of stay of Saint Guénolé in the 6C, and his eleven companions, before building the Abbey of Landévennec.

The city of L’Hôpital-Camfrout on its heritage including the church: http://www.lhopital-camfrout.fr/fr/information/70775/la-commune

There you go folks, another dandy discovery in my lovely Bretagne. Another off the beaten path monument that would worth the detour to see, the main Church Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle. The wonders of my road warrior travels never cease to amaze me. Hoping you enjoy the post finding as I

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

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