Curiosities of Crac’h!!

And here we are, this is a town close to mine and one of my son’s worked here! We have passed by it several times yet my stories on the town are minimal. I try to remedy that on this memorable day of 11 November 2021 in my beautiful Morbihan and my lovely Bretagne of my belle France! Let me tell you about some of the curiosities of Crac’h!!

The town of Crac’h is also, part of the Auray Quiberon Terre Atlantique community of towns like mine. The town of Crac’h is bordered to the east by the Auray river, to the west by the Crac’h river, to the south by the towns of Saint-Philibert and Locmariaquer and to the north by the town of Auray.

You can get to Crac’h easily from the expressway N165 Nantes-Brest exit for Crac’h/Saint Philibert/ Locmaraiquer/La Trinité sur Mer exit/sortie 32. The dept capital city of Vannes is only 23 km away , Auray is 6 km, and Paris is 480 km away, It is about 23 km from my house. Once off the N165 you get on the D28 which to the south joins the D 781 in the direction of Locmariaquer or La Trinité-sur-Mer depending on the direction taken. The nearest train station is in Auray with TGV and TER service to Paris, Rennes, Nantes, etc you need to take a bus or taxi to Crac’h, The nearest airport is Lorient Bretagne-Sud, I always come here by car of course.

A bit of history I like

The Breton emigrants, who came from the British Isles in the 5-6C, colonized the territories of Crach, like those of the rest of Armorica, which then became Brittany/Bretagne/Breizh, to such an extent that all the place names are borrowed from the language which has become Breton, starting with that of the parish. Crac’h, in all likelihood, is a variant of “Kreac’h, kreh” which means: hill,a hill.

The Fort Espagnol or Spanish Fort was the result of the Wars of the League, in 1590, the Duke of Mercœur, governor of Brittany, at the head of the Breton League, appealed to the King of Spain Felipe II, who sent 3000 Spanish soldiers, commanded by Juan de Aguila, who arrived in Vannes in October 1590. In 1598, the Peace of Vervins put an end to the Spanish occupation, which caused the departure of their soldiers. Around this area plenty of oyster farming the very best of Morbihan, and sold to the public as well.

Crach fort espagnol out to city nov21

Crach fort espagnol inner harbor oysters beds nov21

Crach fort espagnol harbor afar nov21

 The Notre-Dame du Plas Kaer Chapel built in 1873-1874, on the site of an old 15C chapel and built by the Templars. It is, they say, that at the end of 1797 or at the beginning of 1798, that the monastery of the Templars, located to the north of the chapel and the chapel would have been set on fire and devastated during the French revolution. The square bell tower houses a bell dating from 1468. The statue of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows dominates the entrance gate. This chapel was practically in ruins in 1970 before being restored as of today.

Crach chapelle plas kaer steeple nov21

Crach chapelle plas kaer chapel virgin Christ nov21

Crach chapelle plas kaer chapel ND 7 douleurs nov21

Crach chapelle plas kaer altar nov21

Some of the other things to see here are the Pont de Kerisper bridge (see post) was built between 1899 and 1901, This bridge consisted of stone arches at both ends, with a metal deck (Eiffel type) 100 meters long and single-track in its central part. This bridge was destroyed by the Nazis on August 8, 1944. The new and current Kerisper bridge was inaugurated in 1956.

The castle of Kerantrech served as a refuge for fleeing emigrants after the Quiberon expedition in 1795 (Breton immigrants from England coming to fight the French revolution for king), Several inhabitants of Crac’h were Chouans (as the rebels were call by the revoluitionaries meaning farmers from Bretagne). The cemetery ossuary, was formerly leaning against the church, it has been transported to the cemetery and lean-to on the back wall. Its long facade has at the base a low wall with a protruding cornice, above a skeleton made of four series of balusters separated by short piles and finally a drip edge under the roof. Larger, the central stack bears an inscription with the emblem of death: a skull and crossed tibias. It is dominated by a small cross.

In the old enclosure of the cemetery there was a chapel dedicated to Saint Yves. It received a new bell in 1867, relics of Saint Louis and Saint Helena in 1875. It was then used as a chapel for the Congregation. Between the door and the square steeple, a small niche contains a granite statue of Saint-Yves The vault of the nave shelters a colony of bats, large murines , It is a rare and protected species.

The city of Crac’h on its heritagehttps://www.ville-crach.fr/fr-eglise-et-chapelles,6.html

The Bay of Quiberon tourist office on Crac’hhttps://www.baiedequiberon.co.uk/crac-h

There you go folks, a dandy little town ,nice clean with lots of action as today was also market day and we load up on baguette tradition, cheeses of the Tarn dept, Loire, and Bretagne of cows, goats,and sheep milks for our delight as always. Hope you enjoy the post and do stop by Crac’h worth the detour me think.

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

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2 Comments to “Curiosities of Crac’h!!”

  1. What a blessed tour. Thank you for the share.🙏💓

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