Gouézec and it’s Trois Fontaines!!

This time I am taking you to another off the beaten path of my lovely Bretagne. So much to see; this is an area of great  historical and architectural beauty where a car is king and maybe why still in off the beaten path . However, it is worth the detour. We love it. Let me tell you a bit about the quant nice town of Gouézec.

The town of  Gouézec is located in the Finistère Dept 29 of the region of Bretagne. It is on the left bank of  the Aulne river; and extends  to the Trois Fontaines brook, a tributary of the Aulne, which separates it from Edern,Briec and Lothey, rivers and to the east is bounded by the brook of Pont ar Ch’laon, another tributary of the Aulne, which separates it from Saint-Thois. The territory includes part of the western part of the Montagne Noirs ( black mountains), one of the highlights, the Roche du Feu (Karreg an Tan in Breton), 279 meters high; as the Aulne flows at 28 meters above sea level in Pont-Coblant, this induces a large elevation, of about 250 meters, between the highest point and the lowest point of the town (the town itself is around 90 meters above sea level, on the north slope of the Roche du Feu) , rather strong slopes and valleys, both that of Aulne, and those of its tributaries, both those already mentioned and that of the Kerguelen brook, called in its downstream part of Rozvéguen brook, which flows completely into the town.

A bit of history I like as briefly as possible.

A Roman route from Morlaix to Civitas Aquilonia (today Quimper) passed through Pleyben, the Chapel of the Three Fountains in Gouézec and the Penity en Briec, where it joined the one from Vorgium (today Carhaix).

Fast forward tell us that in in 1902, the Municipal Council of Gouézec voted unanimously to protest against the closure of the congrégation schools and the population of Gouézec strongly opposed the anti-clerical measures of the Government , and the application of the law on congregations (sep state and church).  Due to their attitude during these events, the Mayor, and vicar were suspended from their duties. The population of Gouézec was at that time very attached to its nuns

The Countess Cecilia Rita Monteiro de Barros, wife of Henri Louis de Legge , built the Château de Kerriou in 1904 and lived there during the interwar period. Yves Fitamant, author of a book “Kerriou, history of a lordship”, speaks of “a construction of all beauty that has received an admirable decoration”. The estate was sold in 1935 after the death of the Countess. It was later occupied by the Nazi marine in 1940 and the FFI (interior French Forces) thereafter , and now in private hands not open to the public.

The must see in Gouézec are in my opinion;   the Chapelle Notre-Dame des Trois-Fontaines.  The Chapel  was built in granite and covered in slate, the chapel consists of a nave, an aisle, a transept and a polygonal apse. The façade, opened by a 16C gate, is topped by a steeple of the 18C. The nave is flanked, by a gable porch of the 16C, of oblong plane. The stained glass windows are from the 16C decorating some of the windows  of the transept and the apse. The Calvary dates from 1554 and presents three crosses and a group of characters of which there is only one thief and Ste. Magdalene. The fountain consists of a warhead arch partially covering a source. A statuette of the Virgin is placed in the background.


The Chapelle Notre Dame des Trois-Fontaines or Chapel of Our Lady of the Three Fountains was built from the 16C  to the 18C, former property of the Abbey of Coat Malouen. The chapel comprises a nave with a low  five bays, a transept separated from the nave by a diaphragm arch and a polygonal heart with multiple knots. The bell tower, finished in an octagonal dome, is depreciated in a lantern and accosted staircase turret and was rebuilt at the end of the 17C or at the beginning of the 18C. The carved wooden grandstand dates from 1671. Mural painting dates from the 18C. The canopy of the Transfiguration dates from the 16C,  it also sees the remains of stained glass dedicated to the passion and the life of the Blessed Virgin. Among the statues are those of the Virgin Mother, Saint Herbot, Saint Diboan, Saint Hervé, Saint Michael, San Sebastian, Santa Barbara, St. Mark and a Pietà. To be noted also in the paving, the weapons of Guyon de Quellenec and his wife Jeanne de Rostrenen. Near the chapel lies the three fountains that gave it the name.


There is an informative Fountains of France webpage on the 3 Fountains in French here: https://www.fontainesdefrance.info/fontaines/les-fontaines-de-notre-dame-des-trois-fontaines/

The Ministry of Culture of France has some info on the Chapelle ND des Trois Fontaines in French: https://www.pop.culture.gouv.fr/notice/merimee/PA00089974

As we walked a bit in Gouézec we saw other things that might be worth stopping by in future trips.

St. Peter’s Church, 16C. Done in a Latin cross-shaped building with a slightly overflowing choir, it includes, in addition to the span of the built-in bell tower, a nave with six-span aisles terminated by a right bedside. Two wing chapels form false transept to the right of the last span. The sacristy dates from 1724. The Choir dates from 1899. The bell tower with two galleries dates from 1747. The pulpit dates from the 18C.

La Roche du Feu (Karreg an Tan in Breton or rock of fire in English) on the heights of Gouézec, at 281 meters, this magnificent site offers an extraordinary viewpoint on the Valley of the Aulne, the Monts D’arrée ,and the Bay of Douarnenez. During the Norman invasions and to warn off the arrival of the Vikings, a lookout (alerted by another fire lit at the top of the Menez-Hom) lit a fire that could see the whole region of the Châteaulin basin.

The old port of Pont-Coblant, between Pleyben (see post) and Gouézec, has developed a nautical base and a campsite (located on the Pleyben side). The former Office of the underground quarry of Parc-ar-Pont, transformed into a chapel of Sainte-Barbe in 1951, which was enlarged in 1957 was decommissioned in the year 2000. It now serves as a venue for exhibitions.

The Chapel of Notre-Dame-de-Tréguron 16-17C, of the seigneurial foundation was rebuilt in large part in the 17C. Several other chapels, cavalries and fountains.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip are:

The Menezhom-Atlantique local tourist office on Gouézechttps://www.menezhom-atlantique.bzh/decouvrir/actualites/gouezec-47970

An information techie aide windows webpage with historical and pictures on the Chapelle ND de Tros Fontaines and other sites in Gouézec in French: https://tourisme.aidewindows.net/bretagne/gouezec.htm#chapelle-trois-fontaines

There is little information on the town of about 1000 folks and no mayor’s office webpage. This is rural Finistére dept 29 of my lovely Bretagne.  And off the beaten path and nice places to go by car and then walk the town awesome. Gouézec is just before entering the magical National Regional park of the Armorique! Just past Quimper on the N165 expressway and get off on the road D785 and then the D41 you will pass the Trois Fontaines before getting to the town, it is in a forest!!. Hope you enjoy it as I.

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

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