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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