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June 12, 2022

The port of Doëlan in Clohars-Carnoët !!

Again continuing in my road warrior trip we visited again a first. Behold, I have been here before but in city center Clohars-Carnoët , this time venture out into the smaller roads, and saw some more gems of my lovely Bretagne. Let me tell you a bit on the port of Doëlan in Clohars-Carnoët !! 

Clohars Carnoet port de doelan harbor jun22

The port of Doëlan located at address location2 Rue de keruster, has been frequented by many painters as well such as Henry Moret, Émile Jourdan, Marius Gourdault, Jacques Vaillant, Maurice Elin, Émile Compard, Lucien Demouge, Harald Heiring etc., and writers like Pierre Mac Orlan before WWI, and Paul Guimard and Benoîte Groult more recently. They frequented the hostel of the mother of Bacon in Malachappe. The painter Pierre Jacob, better known under the pseudonym of Tal Coat, is the son of a fisherman from Doëlan. Go figure great history and beautiful scenary! The red boat below is from the SNSM volunteer lifeguards which I proudly support! 

Clohars Carnoet port de doelan harbor SNSM boat jun22

This port of Doëlan is to pose for great memories! A small maritime jewel in a setting of valleys and orchards. Everything is as you dream of ; the spruce fishing boats, the stone cottages and the pretty white houses set up in tiers on the banks, the striped lighthouses…My kind of place to spent a lifetime …working on it.

Clohars Carnoet port de doelan harbor to town jun22

The picturesque port with natural beauty, this concentrate of charm has kept its authenticity. A long slipway, some rocks and the beach of Beg An Tour allow pleasant swimming. Don’t rush to get to Doëlan! The winding country roads that lead to the port reveal delightful panoramas. Confidential site located between the oyster beds of Bélon (see post the best ! )and the peaceful Laïta river, the port of Doëlan nestles in a narrow and deep ria which offers a benevolent haven.

Clohars Carnoet port de doelan harbor to sea and green lighthouse jun22

And you may have seen it on television (Fr), in the Doc Martin series partly shot in Doëlan (named Port-Garrec in the series)… On the left bank, you face the famous white and green lighthouse of Doëlan, and you are next to the former Captain Cook cannery. This cannery still exists, but it has moved to Clohars-Carnoët city proper.

Clohars Carnoet port de doelan green lighthouse to sea jun22

The town of Clohars-Carnoët and its ports

The Quimperlé Terre Océane tourist office on Port de Doëlan

There you go folks, another dandy in my lovely Bretagne. Again discovering the beauties of Clohars-Carnoët, and this time the beautiful Port of Doëlan !! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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June 12, 2022

The Abbatial site of Saint-Maurice in Clohars-Carnoët !!

And here I continue with my road warrior trips in my lovely Bretagne. This time we again came to a town we have been before but not here. This is a gem outside in the countryside of Clohars-Carnoët and even if it was closed we will be back. Let me give you a glimpse of the historically nice abbatiale site de Saint Maurice in the city limits of Clohars-Carnoët. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Clohars Carnoet site abbatial de St Maurice sculpture on lake jun22

The Abbatial site of Saint-Maurice on the banks of the Laita river , and ancient Cistercian Abbey. The Abbey Church of Saint-Maurice was done in the mid-19C and enlarged in 1845. It includes, preceded by a Bell Tower whose spire dates from 1774, a nave with four spans, a transept and a choir. The statues of Saint Cornély and Saint Vincent Ferrier are found here.

Clohars Carnoet site abbatial de St Maurice gate jun22

I will give you a bit of the history I like on this post.

The Saint-Maurice de Carnoët Abbey or Saint-Maurice Abbey Site is located on the right bank of the Laïta ria, on the Finistère (dept 29)  side, in the town of Clohars-Carnoët, a few km of the town of Quimperlé. It is a Cistercian abbey in ruins, but which retains interesting architectural elements in a splendid natural setting. Heavily affected during WWII, it was acquired, with its 118-hectare estate, by the Conservatoire du littoral in 1991.

Clohars Carnoet site abbatial de St Maurice mur gate around lake jun22

Saint-Maurice de Carnoët is a former Cistercian abbey founded between 1170 and 1177 in the heart of the Carnoët forest. Maurice Duault de Croixanvec (future Saint Maurice de Carnoët), then abbot of Langonnet Abbey (see post),  founded here in 1177 near the banks of the Laïta an abbey called Notre-Dame de Carnoët, of which he was abbot until his death on September 29, 1191 at the age of 76 and who was buried two years after his death in the abbey church. The abbey will later take the name of Saint Maurice de Carnoët abbey.

Clohars Carnoet site abbatial de St Maurice mur gate by lake grand jun22

For six centuries, Cistercian monks would bring the estate to life to allow maximum autarky by organizing the space around the abbey. It was rebuilt in the 17C, but the destructions during the Terror during the French revolution would devastate the abbey, then abandoned. Sold as national property and become private property, its remains were partly used as a quarry, part being transformed into a castle during the course of the 19C. A resting place for the Nazi army during WWII, the castle, the last large building of the monastery, suffered a fire on April 20, 1945. It was razed by the owners in 1953, with the exception of the chapter house and the charter.

The estate, which now covers 123 hectares, was purchased in 1991 by the Conservatoire du littoral which, since then, has undertaken a major restoration program, both of the built and forest heritage, with century-old trees. The town of Clohars-Carnoët manages the estate and welcomes visitors. It remains today: the chapter house and the carter from the 13C, the barn, the abbey farm, the pediment of the 17C abbey and the 18C orangery. The abbey farm houses an exhibition on Cistercian life and the history of the site, as well as a colony of bats present in the attic, particularly the bigger horseshoe bats and visible thanks to an infrared camera.

Clohars Carnoet site abbatial de St Maurice dependancy jun22

During the holidays: family entertainment, nature walks, temporary exhibitions, investigation game. 123 hectares of woods, moors, salt meadows and meadows make up the site. The audioguides are available in children’s version from 6 years old, in English, German and Dutch. It takes 1h30 to visit it ,slowly me think. Reception of formed groups, schoolchildren and leisure centers.

The official Abbaye Saint Maurice blog

The town of Clohars-Carnoët on the abbey

There you go folks, another amazing dandy historical spot in my lovely Bretagne. This one is in the woods, the parking to the site is a long walk in the woods but nice clean trails, all worth it me think. One more jot down for an eventual closeup visit. The Abbatial site of St Maurice is worth the detour, me think. 

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

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June 12, 2022

Again the Church of Notre Dame de Trog-Wall of Clohars-Carnoët !!

I went out today to do my usual road warrior trips in my lovely Bretagne ! I was totally in Finistére dept 29, and as usual drove again by some gems to repeat visit. This time we had more time here and the sequel to the Church of Notre Dame de Trog-Wall of Clohars-Carnoët is here ! This is a wonderful town and beautiful church for all to see. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Clohars Carnoet ch Notre-Dame-de-Trogwall entr jun22

For a brief intro, Clohars-Carnoët is bounded by the Laïta river which separates it from Morbihan (my dept 56), and is close to two towns, Quimperlé and Moëlan sur Mer (see posts). The territory is made up of a multitude of villages, hamlets (170!!! according to a recent book) and three main centers including the charming seaside resort of Pouldu located to the south-west of the town, the town further is about 3 km from the coast, and the port of Doëlan near Moëlan Sur Mer.(see posts).

I have return; to Clohars-Carnoët  and again the Church of Notre Dame de Trog-Wall, nice souvenirs of the first visit and needed to come back again.  And of course, you can see my other post with a lot more on the history and description of the church. These are new pictures of today, hope you enjoy them as I.  

Clohars Carnoet ch Notre-Dame-de-Trogwall baptismal chapel jun22

The parish Church of Notre-Dame de Trog-Wall dates from the 16C-19C, and is in the form of a Latin cross. It has been repeatedly renovated such as the south porch  date from 1777, the Spire dates from 1794, the arches of the nave and the whole Church having been heavily reworked in the second half of the 19C.

Clohars Carnoet ch Notre-Dame-de-Trogwall chapel virgin et child jun22

It was in the heart of the village of Clohars-Carnoët that this church was erected and underwent various modifications in 1845. With a nave, a transept and a choir, the Notre-Dame -de-Trog-Wall also has a bell tower whose spire dates from 1774! Within it, one can also discover the statues of Saint Cornély, Saint Vincent-Ferrier or Saint Isidore dressed in Breton clothes. For the little anecdote, it is said that the church would have preserved the parish from a plague which then ravaged the surroundings of the city, it was then dedicated to Our Lady of Trogwall to thank her for her protection.

Clohars Carnoet ch Notre-Dame-de-Trogwall nave to altar jun22

It is not uncommon to see planes from the naval air base of Lann Bihoué, Lorient, (which is nearby), flying over its bell tower!

The town of Clohars-Carnoët on its heritage

There you have it folks, a wonderful Church of Notre Dame de Trog-Wall , visited again for the memories of always and we like it. This is quant peaceful Clohars-Carnoët   less than an hour from my house lol!

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

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June 12, 2022

Fort Clohars !!

And continue to enjoy my new life using the expansive beauty of my lovely Bretagne, set out in my road warrior mode seeking new sights, monuments, and adventures. Incredible what we have so close to home, as this is less than an hour from our house and first time there . I will tell you a bit about the Fort Clohars of Clohars Carnoët , in the Finistére dept 29. 

Clohars Carnoet Fort Clohars ruins closeup jun22

I saw it on a map and say was not by there yet so let me take a peek and what a nice find it was. This is a historical fort of WWII fame and even if remodeled still has a lot from the old. Hope you enjoy this new find in my blog as I. The fort is located in the neighborhood of Pouldu near plages Portguerrec and Porsgastel, very much taken in Summer!

From a battery built around 1737, consisting of a housing and a cannon, the gorge and the parapet remain. Intended to reinforce the close defenses of Lorient, this battery appears to appear on the land register of 1823. The current guardhouse, with an area of ​​200 m2 per level, complies with the national model plans of 1846 and houses six vaulted rooms garrison, stables, and ammunition room.

At the end of the Laïta estuary, on the right bank, the position of the Clohars-Carnoët battery, also called fort, made it possible to fight in a sling from Loc’h beach to Pouldu beach. The battery is made up of a model 1846 guardhouse, built in 1849. It provided accommodation for sixty men. It replaces a battery in the first half of the 18C. Decommissioned in 1899, it became private property, the owner of which added a dwelling. This owner gives the name of his building to Fort-Lamond. During WWII, the Nazis built two concrete shelters on either side of the fort, one of which was buried.

Clohars Carnoet Fort Clohars ruins to sea jun22

The Fort-Lamond is composed of a battery with whitewashed walls with corner chaining and framing of the openings in granite, covered with a roof terrace, and a dwelling covered with a hipped roof, in slate. The battery retains the exterior characteristics of the 1846 model . This military heritage represented an important element of the defensive system of the strategic port of Lorient on its west coast.

The official Fort Clohars:

There you go folks, another dandy find in my lovely Bretagne, indeed we have a bunch and I am just beginning ….!!) This Fort Clohars is worth coming back for a more in depth look me think, eventually.

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

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