Le Gorvello in my Morbihan!

And just to show the wealth we have here, the beat goes on. In my lovely Bretagne, the monuments, sights and plain fun are forever.  If Hemingway only would had gone out of Paris… Let me tell you about this quant town, I like and go by it often in my rounds here, one of them is Le Gorvello. I had this with other small towns and decided to update and split so individually can give them credit in my blog. Hope you enjoy it as I.

Le Gorvello (or sometimes just Gorvello) is a hamlet straddling the towns of Theix-Noyalo and Sulniac. The hamlet is located at the intersection of the departmental roads D7 and D183, equal distance from Theix, Sulniac, Berric, La Trinité-Surzur and Lauzach. It is about 15 km from Vannes. In the 12C, Le Gorvello housed a Chaplaincy, belonging to the Templars, which cared for the poor, the sick and the lepers. At the dissolution of the order of the Templars, in 1312, the parish was passed under the control of the Bishop of Vannes. The Church of St. John the Baptist is built from 1523 to replace the chapel of the Templars.

The Church of St. John the Baptist it’s a T-shaped Church, the nave barely detached from the two arms of the transept. At the bedside, large glass canopy with moldings. To the south transept, mulled window ,and in  the north transept, wooded window . The west entrance gable is adorned with a bay in a basket handle with pinnacles, braces and flop work. The gable is crowned by a small campanile with double compartment, frontings, all in granite. On the north façade, the nave bay is adjacent, adorned and protected by a porch made up of a circular granite arch. The buttresses of the bedside and the north transept present a superposition of cylindrical and prismatic parts.

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The present Church of St John the Baptist replaces the primitive chapel built by the hospital monks in the early 16C. The church has been reworked several times. In 1523, the nave is covered with a frame, which has abundant inscriptions. In 1547, a chapel was added.  In 1560, a porch and a second chapel are added. The Church is open, on its western gable, by a door in a basket-loop, with multiple moldings, under a brace bearing a high jewel. The buttresses that surround it are decorated with flaming pinnacles. The Church houses the statues of St. Mark and St. Isidore, the Patron Saint of the Laborers.

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The Morbihan dept 56 tourist board on Le Gorvellohttps://www.morbihan.com/theix/le-gorvello/tabid/12565/offreid/32f62e04-17c0-4aff-8f46-3cf91bf44002 

The Gulf of Morbihan tourist board on Le Gorvellohttps://www.golfedumorbihan.bzh/explorer-vannes/decouvrir-vannes/golfe-morbihan/landes-de-lanvaux/sulniac/

The city of Sulniac of which the hamlet of Le Gorvello is part of and its heritagehttp://www.sulniac.fr/accueil/decouvrir_sulniac/histoire%20_%20patrimoine

There you go folks , some more interesting trips off the beaten path in my beautiful Morbihan; and is not over yet!! Plenty more to see and do here. For now ,enjoy Le Gorvello!

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

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