The Church Stella Maris of Le Bono!!

And again staying in Le Bono just to show the wealth we have here, the beat goes on. In my beautiful Morbihan, and lovely Bretagne, the monuments, sights and plain fun are forever.  If Hemingway only would had gone out of Paris, Let me tell you about a wonderful Church Stella Maris or star of the sea under the patronage of Notre Dame des Flots, patron saint of sailors!

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I have written on Le Bono before and on this church but just went by again today , and was able to have a nice lady open the church for me !! well its about opening time and just got there at the right time! ,so will update the text and include new pictures. Hope you enjoy the post , the town, and the Church Stella Maris.

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The Church Stella Maris (star of the sea) under the patronage of Notre Dame des Flots  is at the top of  Rue Edouard Herriot, near the roundabout of the Avenue Général de Gaulle ( road D101) in Le Bono, (which goes into Auray and direction my house . Started in 1956, it was completed only in 1966 thanks to the donations of the parishioners. Inside, there is an altarpiece in carved and painted wood dating from the late 15C to early 16C.

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The Church Stella Maris and sometimes by locasl call Church Notre Dame des Flots is a stone-sized with a metal structure. Inside, its brick vault gives the choir in a lighted oven of three rosettes a beautiful effect. It adopts a Romanesque style with a nave pierced by triple windows dressed in stained glass with major shades of blue and red. The bottom of the Church in a semicircle is adorned with a fresco in shades of yellow and green. Curiously, a carved wooden tympanum of the Italian Renaissance and an altarpiece carved and painted on a small altar dating from the end of the 15C early 16C,time of king Louis XII, was discovered.

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The atmosphere of contemplation is created by the splendid stained glass windows, and in white stone, the statue of the Virgin Notre Dame des Flots, patron saint of Sailors. There are, also boats ex-voto like these shown in this webpage:

There is a nice calvary just on the right side of the Church Stella Maris which is nice me think as in same property will include here for me and you. This calvary marks the spot entrance of the old cemetery.

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A bit more on Le Bono. It was a former property of the monks of Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys, the Domaine du Bono was sold with house, building and land of water passage to the Chevalier Pierre de Montigny,  Lord of Kerisper in 1669. This former fishing village is home to a small port known for its boats called “forbans”. At the beginning of the 20C, there was only a small fishing village around the port, whose uniform houses “Pen-TI ” were grouped along a capricious network of narrow and often steep alleyways. The port of Bono is located on the edge of the river. The site is an old cove lined with a rocky chain. The port, which dries at low tide, was built in 1916.

The city of Le Bono on the church

The city of Le Bono on its heritage

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 Bono ,and the Church Stella Maris aka Notre Dame des Flots!

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

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