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October 8, 2021

The Church St Pierre in Sérent!!

We came to see the museum in St Marcel (see post) but as the town was on our way home and not stopped before, figure this to be the time as good as any for a walk in town of Sérent. Another nice quant town of my Morbihan. Let me tell you a bit about it ok; hope you enjoy it as we did.

The town of Sérent is located in my beautiful Morbihan department 56 in my lovely Bretagne region, near Ploërmel. Sérent is 30 km from Vannes and 70 km from Rennes, The city is crossed by the N 166, (Vannes Ploërmel, Rennes), and is served by bus line 4 of the BreizhGo coach service of Brittany, OF course , we came here by car going on the N166 getting off at St Marcel (see next post) and then taking the D151 to Sérent, then took the D10 to reach back our house one way 40 minutes, We came on our way back home after visiting the museum in St Marcel (see post).

A bit of history I like

The first allusion to Sérent dates from the end of the 9C in the cartulary of Redon, The La Terre de Sérent or La Chapelle en Sérent was erected into a barony in 1318 by John III, Duke of Brittany in favor of Olivier II, sire de La Chapelle, Marshal of Brittany, The town had an eventful history during the French revolution when the opposition between Chouans and “Bleus” (Republicans) ravaged the countryside, The Catholic and Royal Army of Morbihan was even made up of a column called “Column of Sérent” which, with that of Bignan and that of Pleugriffet, made up the Legion of Bignan. During , WWII, the maquis of Saint-Marcel , a mecca of the French /Breton Resistance, was in fact located mainly in the town of Sérent around the farm of La Nouette. Serent therefore had to deplore the exactions of the Nazi occupier (the great majority of Georgian soldiers engaged in the Nazi army).

The main thing we like here and is right in city center is the Church St Peter’s (église St Pierre) ,Built in the 15-16C, the church is in the shape of a Latin cross: 3 naves, 2 transepts and a choir. The choir is from the 15C and its decoration from the classical period. The 3 naves date from the 16C and the central nave measures 37 by 20 meters. All around the church, magnificent stained-glass windows represent the patrons of the various chapels of the parish and the names of the donors. A false gargoyle representing a washer kneeling with her dog, recalls the legend of the barkers of Josselin.

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The large arched arches, are supported by heavy pillars with engaged columns. The nave was redone in the 16C and it communicates with the aisles by means of three-point arcades penetrating into polygonal pillars. The exterior decoration of the windows, surmounted by gables, and that of the portals are made of flamboyant and Renaissance elements. The bell tower, which stood on the last bay of the nave, was rebuilt between 1885 and 1890 . The church is covered with a frame dated, on the quarry stones, from 1601. The church has eight gables, a monumental staircase, a long-sided roof, a polygonal spire punctuated by four bell towers and twelve stained-glass windows. The stained-glass window of the “Sacred Heart of the Calvary of Saint Suzanne”, dates from 1893-1898. The Pietà, in oak wood, dates from the 16C. The church contains a silver chalice coated with gold, which dates from 1672. In the past and from 1300, we could see the tomb of the Sérent family, the preeminent lords. Jean de Sérent, Lord of Tromeur, is exhumed there in a white marble tomb, adorned with a reclining statue.

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Other things to see here me think are:

The Manor of Tromeur (15-16C), property of Jean de Sérent; The Manoir de la Ville Gros (17C) ; the successive property of the Le Blaye or Blay families (in the 15-16C, The castle of La Salle (17C) : The estate has a main house of the 17C partially rebuilt in the 19C ( circa 1820). It has a well, a private chapel and a Calvary, Le manoir de Bohurel dated 1613, The manor house was restored in the 18C. Burned down in 1944 and partially rebuilt at that time, La Houletière castle: seat of the former lordship of La Ville-Raix or Ville-Rée, The castle of La Rivière: seat of the former lordship of La Rivière which belonged to a younger branch of the Sérent family, owned by Geoffroy de Sérent in 1464 and François de Serent in 1536. It formerly had a private chapel; a cromlech is located not far from the castle, it has a diameter of 2.70 meters; the seven stones that compose it are, on average, 70 cm high, The castle of Rohéan (15C), in ruins around 1840. In 1919, it became the property of the Briand family; The Calvary of Sainte-Suzanne (16C) its central shaft – framed by four columns topped with spheres, represents the agony of Christ; this Calvary has a large base preceded by an altar and dominated by five stepped balusters.

The town of Sérent is a typical breton town , in country agricultural and very much attach to family traditions. It is a picturesque town nice clean and a great square with shops/restos around the Church St Pierre. A nice stop indeed in my road warrior travels of my lovely Bretagne.

The city of Sérent and its heritage:

There you go folks, another dandy day out ,close to home ,and a nice detour indeed in our road warrior trips of my beautiful Morbihan. Hope you enjoy the post and do dare come into these off the beaten path ways of Brittany/Bretagne/Breizh!

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

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October 8, 2021

The Museum of the Resistance in Brittany of St Marcel!

I have written before on this museum on the old format ; and heard of the renovations going on for the last two years, Therefore, once it was open again, took the family to it.  A very pleasant surprise of a nice museum well done, This is a lot of history here, and great men, I like to rend hommage to them again, and new text and new pictures on the new museum of the resistance in Brittany during WWII, Hope you enjoy it as I !

The best is by car from Vannes take the N166 direction Rennes and come off at exit/sortie D112 direction Bohal-Pleucadeuc / Saint-Marcel Malestroit , and follows direction Malestroit/Saint-Marcel on the D776, follow the signs for the city and museum.

The Museum of the Resistance in Brittany, until 2021 was called the Museum of the Breton Resistance, is a museum located on the territory of the town of Saint-Marcel in Morbihan dept 56. It is devoted to the history of the resistance in Brittany during WWII and in particular of the largest Breton maquis(resistant fighters), the maquis of Saint-Marcel.

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This museum traces the history of resistance in Brittany during the Nazi Occupation. It was created on the site of the Saint-Marcel maquis, one of the main Breton maquis during WWII. Since 1994, it has also housed the national exhibition on the history of paratroopers in Free France.
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The Museum of the Resistance in Brittany, was under renovation ,and just reopens its doors on September 18, 2021, after 2 years of architectural and scenographic renovation work. The museum has now an entirely renewed scenography presenting more than 1,000 objects among the 12,000 carefully preserved, witnesses of the daily life of men and women under the Nazi occupation and of the commitment of the Bretons in the army of Shadows.
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Saint Marcel was one of the hotspots of the French resistance. This is where, on June 18, 1944, one of the very first battles fought by French fighters against the Nazi occupiers took place after the Allied landings in Normandy. A victory for souls rather than weapons, the battle of Saint-Marcel has symbolic value. It was made possible thanks to the mobilization of the local children in a maquis of several thousand young resistance fighters, to the support of SAS paratroopers from Free France and to the benevolent and often active complicity of the inhabitants of the neighboring localities. This example of a combined action between internal and external resistance, brought together and supported by the local population, was a first. The Museum is located on the site of these battles.

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The museum of the Resistance in Brittany webpage:

The city of Saint Marcel and its heritage

The Morbihan dept 56 tourist board on the museum

The Bretagne region tourist board on the museum

There you go folks, some of the off the beaten path wonders of my beautiful Morbihan and plenty of recent glorious history here ; a wonderful learning lesson indeed, Hope you enjoy and come to visit the Musée de la Resistance en Bretagne at St Marcel !

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

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