The Chapelle Notre Dame des Fleurs of Languidic!

I need to update this older post on Languidic, in the Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne. This town by its area, is the largest town of the Morbihan and since 1 January 2016, the fourth largest in Bretagne. Established on the left bank of the Blavet river, the town is bordered by a towpath of 18 km, the main tourist activity. In addition, fourteen chapels, housing rich liturgical furniture, are scattered throughout the territory. It   is located 35 km from Vannes, 30 km from Pontivy and 18.5 km from Lorient, 10 km from Hennebont , and 14 km from my town!. The expressway N 24, connecting Rennes to Lorient, crosses Languidic for about 15 km and from my town the road D 102, takes you there easily.

And to me what is worth coming here is the Chapelle Notre Dame des Fleurs! Or my best Our Lady of Flowers Chapel, It is worth a detour, me think, The Chapelle Notre-Dame-des-Fleurs, of Flamboyant Gothic style, was built in the 15C (begun in 1451 and restored in the 18-19C) . A Calvary, dating from the 17C, stands at the entrance. It is located at the corner of the Rue des Fleurs and rue Saint-Aubin, and a few meters from the presbytery. The blue flower means at the same time the Mother and the Virgin.


The construction of the Chapelle Notre Dame des Fleurs was in devotion to the Virgin Mary. The chapel was restored once in 1741. At the French revolution, the cult of reason and the Supreme Being is intended to replace Catholic religion; St. Peter’s Church (see post) is considered too large, the temple of the reason of Languidic was installed in the Chapel. When not in service, the rest of the time, the Chapel was used as a school. In 1794, the constitutional priest refused to deliver his priesthood letters to the authorities. Arrested and locked up at the Notre-Dame-de-Joye abbey, he resigned himself to questioning the documents. However, to punish him for his attitude, he is forbidden to officiate at the church. For nearly two years he gives the sacraments in the chapel. In the 19C, the chapel was once again restored to repair the damage suffered during the French revolution, and on this occasion, the chapel is equipped with a new bell. The Chapel undergoes a third restoration from 1892. It had some further restoration lastly in 1993.


The Chapelle Notre Dame des Fleurs was built on a Latin cross-shaped plan comprising of a single nave, a transept and a flat chevet choir. It is 25 meters long and 6.5 meters wide. Large windows with flamboyant lattices light the chapel. The gate of the southern cross is composed of two bays in a basket form under a large brace with perforated tympanum. The tower, built on a cornice projecting from the western gable, is flanked to the north by a turret in the style of the 15C. A stone tribune, composed of four decorated panels, on small vaults of ogives and three square pillars, topped with pinnacles with hooks, occupies, in the west, the whole width of the bottom of the nave. You can, also note the stone lecterns, worn on columns with capitals carved with foliage, the nave and the north cross. The interior is organized in four bays: two for the nave and two for the transept.


A bit of history I like

The parish of Languidic seems to exist at least as early as the 9C. The War of Succession of Brittany; initially supporters of Jeanne de Penthièvre, Henry de Spinefort, captain of the city of Rennes, and his brother Olivier, captain of the city of Hennebont, rally shortly after Jean de Montfort (keep Brittany independent). They defend the city of Hennebont during the siege of Charles de Blois (bring Brittany to France) ; the Languidic campaigns are then plundered by the Breton and French soldiers. During the eighth war of religion (1585-1598), the governor of Brittany, the duke of Mercœur, put himself at the head of the Breton league. Philip II (Felipe II)  of Spain, who supports and finances the League, sends him troops. From 1590, the cities of Blavet (former name of Port-Louis) and Hennebont are fiercely disputed; the soldiers do not hesitate to loot the villagers of Languidic. The Chouannerie (local rebels vs the French revolution) was gaining more and more supporters, especially in the countryside, and threatens communal power. With the fall of the First Empire, the municipal council affirms its attachment to the Royalist regime. In 1820, Languidic participates in the national subscription of the castle of Chambord; it votes in 1822 subsidies for the erection of a monument to the dead of the Quiberon expedition (Breton immigrants coming from England to fight vs the French revolution )and a monument to Georges Cadoudal (chouan general fought vs the French revolution buried in Auray).

The city of Languidic on the Chapelle Notre Dame des Fleurs :

The Lorient South Brittany tourist office on Languidic

There you go folks, another nice gem of my beautiful Morbihan that does not stop to amaze me for its beauty whether by the coast or inland. Languidic is very near me so lets meet !!! Worth the detour I said just to see this nice Chapelle Notre Dame des Fleurs, Hope you have enjoy the post as I.

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

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