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December 6, 2021

Chapelle Sainte Catherine of Vannes!

And here is another find in our walks in our capital ,and former worked city of Vannes! It is a beautiful town still in the off the beaten paths routes by many visitors, but its architecture and history is second to none in Bretagne. It is the capital city of the beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne in my belle France! 

I have written plenty on Vannes, but never enough. I briefly mentioned the Chapelle Sainte Catherine but need a post of its own me think. Therefore, here is a bit more on it. Hope you enjoy it as I.

The Chapelle Sainte Catherine Chapel renovated in 1848, also called Chapelle de la Congregation is next to the Church Saint-Patern (see post). It is accessed by a staircase with several steps. On the facade a statue of the Virgin Mary, recalls that this chapel was formerly called Chapelle Notre-Dame . On the ledge, located below the small rose window, an attentive eye can discern an inscription in the Breton language “Congregation en dud Yaouank” which means “congregation of young people.” Today fitted out for parish needs, this small chapel is used for Mass on weekdays and evenings of prayer and adoration.


The Chapelle Sainte Catherine is rectangular in its layout, and endowed with a single nave with a chancel ending in a semicircular apse, the chapel is built in stripped rubble stone with a freestone base. The elevation is crowned with a pediment, pierced with an oculus. Bell tower on the roof. The bays and the door are in a semicircular arch, surmounted by a limestone entablature. Neoclassical interior decor.

The parish of St Patern on the Chapelle Ste Catherine,chapelles,de,la,paroisses-la,chapelle,sainte,catherine-21.php

The city of Vannes on its heritage

There you go folks, another dandy architectural and historical monument of my Vannes. And this is right in the St Patern district ,the oldest in Vannes with its oldest church see my posts on it. A great walkable area and we love it, we go for lunch by there often. Hope you enjoy the post and do visit.

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

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December 6, 2021

Chapelle des Ursulines of Vannes!!

And here is another find in my capital city of Vannes that have been left out but should be in my blog. These have been great finds on my capital city, and there is always more in my lovely Bretagne and belle France. Let me tell you a bit more on the Chapelle des Ursulines of Vannes, now part of a school!

The Chapelle des Ursulines or Chapelle de la Sainte Famille (Ursulines chapel or Holy Family chapel), formerly dedicated to Roman Catholic worship, located in my capital city of Vannes , and in my beautiful Morbihan. The chapel is located at 3 rue Thiers, within the walls of the Collège-Lycée Saint-François-Xavier or Saint-François-Xavier Middle School-High School.

The chapel, placed under the name of the Holy Family, was built between 1688 and 1690 to serve the Ursuline convent. This convent was built between 1627 and 1670 to accommodate a community of nuns from Tréguier. The convent, except the chapel and the sacristy, is sold in the French revolucion, The later bishop of Vannes, erects an oratory in the chapel in 1802 (upon the concordat given back religious buildings in France).  It became the property of the Jesuits around 1850, and following the construction around 1870 of a new larger chapel to house the students of the school, The Ursuline chapel was divided in height by a floor and transformed into a library and study room. Of the convent, burnt in 1949 and largely rebuilt, only this chapel remains, transformed into a library on two levels as above. Only the facade has retained its aspect of the 17C. The facade of the chapel is built in granite, for its lower part, and in tufa, for its upper part. The facade bears the Latin inscription Sacrae Familiae, 1690, confirming its dedication and year of construction.


A bit on the Middle and High School tell us that this is Catholic secondary and higher education establishment, founded by the Jesuits in 1850, it takes up the Jesuit pedagogical tradition of the former Saint-Yves middle school (see chapel post) founded in the 17C from which the Jesuits had been expelled in 1763. Converted into a hospital during the Great War or WWI, it was rebuilt after a fire on Sunday May 29, 1949. The Saint-François-Xavier Middle-High school in Vannes, with the Cordeliers de Dinan, the Saints-Anges de Pontivy, the Likes de Quimper, Saint-Stanislas de Nantes and the Saint-Malo Institution can claim to be part of the group of six historic private high schools in Brittany.

Some of its illustrious alumni are Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of the National Front political party; Auguste de Villiers de L’Isle-Adam,a writer, Auguste Brizeux, romantic poet, Jacques Jacquesson, atomist engineer craftsman of the first French atomic bomb, Jean Robieux, physicist, pioneer of nuclear fusion by laser ,and René Kerviler, engineer, archaeologist and bibliographer.

The official Saint François-Xavier Middle/High School on its history:

The city of Vannes on the history of chapel/school

There you go folks, another dandy wonderful architecturally and historical monument of my dear Vannes. You can see the chapel from the outside and upon request from the school you may see the inside. The Chapelle des Ursulines its better known name is very nice indeed. Hope you enjoy the post as I

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

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December 6, 2021

Chapelle St Yves of Vannes!

Well here is another find in my vault of my blog. Of course, no excuses as I past by it every week at least, and have taken pictures of the city hall and college with brief mentioned in previous posts. However, I have left telling you about this nice historical monument of my capital city of Vannes. Therefore, this is time to remedy the omission and tell you a bit more on the Chapelle St Yves of Vannes!

The Chapelle Saint-Yves Chapel is in the heart of the city of Vannes in my beautiful Morbihan. Built in the 17C as the church of the Jesuit college which is immediately adjacent to it, The Saint Yves Chapel is located on Place Maurice-Marchais. It is adjacent to the Collége Jules-Simon (middle school), a former Jesuit college, across the street to the city/town hall of Vannes.


The first college in Vannes, with a first Saint-Yves Chapel, was built in 1577. In 1629-1630, the college and its chapel were entrusted to the Jesuits. The chapel was restored in 1616 before being rebuilt from 1661 to 1685 with the financial assistance of Catherine de Francheville.(see post mansion), The Saint-Yves Chapel, built in a spirit of austerity, is inspired by Italian Baroque models and representative of the Jesuit style of the time. It was built at a time when the city experienced an important religious boom with the installation of many communities and the construction of convents, retirement homes or chapels.


Built in white stones, the Saint-Yves Chapel is built on a granite base. The two levels of the chapel are topped with a high pediment, in which is engraved the traditional Jesuit monogram IHS (Jesus Hominum Salvator). The volumes of this chapel are simple, a single nave, a reduced choir. making of an altarpiece in 1684 , This altarpiece with black marble columns with Corinthian capitals has wings, the niches of which are furnished with two statues. The painting at the heart of the altarpiece is dedicated to the triumph of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. The sculptured elements of the facade of the chapel: above the bay of the second level there is an effigy of the Virgin of Bethlehem in a medallion; in the center of the top pediment is the IHS monogram with the cross and the Sacred Heart, inscribed in a circle on each side of which are hung two garlands of plants.

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In 1991, the St Yves Chapel was to be closed to the public for security reasons. Unoccupied, its general condition deteriorates over the years. In 2021, the chapel benefits from a major restoration campaign which should be done by January 2022, The exterior lighting, on the other hand, and the lighting of the chapel should be done in early December 2021 when the City’s illuminations are launched for the end of the year celebrations. UPDATE: the Chapelle St Yves is open with a Mass 23 january 2022! See new pic!

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The city of Vannes on the Chapelle St Yves and renovation :

The Parish Vannes Catholic on the opening Mass:

There you go folks, a dandy monument in my Vannes. It always made an impression on me passing by and looking forward to it full restoration to see the inside. The Chapelle St Yves is nice and the whole town/area is waiting for it. Another wonderful spot in the city, and great walk area as well as the entrance to the old town section full of shops and restos/bars! Hope you have enjoy the post as I

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

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