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June 15, 2022

The Chapelle Sainte Anne of Ploemeur !

So my road warrior tours in my beautiful Morbihan and many nice memories brought me back to Ploemeur. I have several posts on it in my blog, however, this is a first a find again ! This will be my first introduction to you of the Chapelle Sainte Anne not far from the main church (see post)  The pictures are new as well of course from today for this wonderful monument in city center, merits a post of its own. Hope you enjoy this latest post on Ploemeur as I

Again, Ploemeur is a town on the Atlantic coast bordering four cities: Lorient, Larmor-Plage, Guidel and Quéven. (see posts) It has 17 km of coastline! On this range there are several beaches, without counting several coves. The way to the sea is a 13 km circuit linking the center of Ploemeur to the seaside.

The Chapelle Sainte Anne was built between 1528 and 1537 on land dependent on the lordship of Ter, where it is currently located. Very simple, rectangular in shape with 16 meters by 6.50 meters, it is made of granite. Its western facade has a pointed arch door surmounted by a superb steeple. From the beginning of the 20C, there were no longer mass celebrations in the chapel. The City Council voted on October 11, 1925 to demolish it. On March 21 and 22, 1941, the bombings caused great damage to it. That same year, on December 20, its transfer to Kerroch was considered. The project was never carried out. In 1942, after the fire of the Saint-Pierre Church,(see post) triggered by the bombings of February 16, 1943, it was restored.

Ploemeur chapelle ste Anne front jun22
The Chapelle Sainte Anne is closed until further notice but reading the brochures and books I have can tell the inside has statues of Saint Anne (18C) and Saint Colomban (19C), the altarpiece of the high altar, the education of the Virgin or a painting from the 19C. Also to be seen in the chapel, the statue of Saint Ninnoc, patroness of Ploemeur.

Ploemeur chapelle ste Anne back side jun22

The city of Ploemeur on the Chapelhttps://www.ploemeur.com/visiter/patrimoine/les-chapelles/la-chapelle-sainte-anne/

The city of Ploemeur on other things to seehttps://www.ploemeur.com/visiter/a-voir/carte-didentite/

There you go folks, a dandy in Ploemeur, and one of the nice heritage monument found all over the town and nearby villages The Chapelle Sainte Anne is worth the detour and should be fantastic once open again

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

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June 15, 2022

The Church St Pierre , and more of Ploemeur !

So my road warrior tours in my beautiful Morbihan and many nice memories brought me back to Ploemeur. I have several posts on it in my blog, and also on the Church St Pierre. This is a much shorter posts as the text on history is on the other post ,just given you more pictures from today on this wonderful monument in city center, of course. Hope you enjoy this latest post on Ploemeur as I

Ploemeur is a town on the Atlantic coast bordering four cities: Lorient, Larmor-Plage, Guidel and Quéven. (see posts) It has 17 km of coastline! On this range there are several beaches, without counting several coves. The way to the sea is a 13 km circuit linking the center of Ploemeur to the seaside. And of course a nice church

The Church of St. Pierre (St Peter) from 1037, renovated in the 13C, 16C, and again in the 18C. It is also, known as the Church of St Peter of the Links (or Liens)  . It comprises a nave of seven bays with aisles and a flat bedside choir. Between the nave and the choir, the triumphal arch, redone in third-point in the 16C, is supported by columns from the 11C to capitals decorated with windings, leaves and animals

Ploemeur ch St Pierre side main entr jun22

Ploemeur ch St Pierre front jun22

Ploemeur ch St Pierre nave to altar jun22

Ploemeur ch St Pierre back wall jun22

The city of Ploemeur on St Peter’s Churchhttps://www.ploemeur.com/visiter/patrimoine/les-chapelles/leglise-saint-pierre/

The parish of Ploemeur on St Peter’s Churchhttps://paroisses-ploemeur-larmorplage.fr/leglise-saint-pierre-ploemeur/

As this was already in my blog, will add here two spots very dear to us which we have come again and again, as the first time was with my dear late wife Martine, memories forever !!!

As said , we came here thinking of doing a paella , and what better way than to buy fresh ingredients from a coastal town on a reputable fish shop that everybody there seems to know each other!  This we did our fish whiting, shrimps, scallops, and clams!!! loaded home and it was sublime, of course , it was repeated several times ,but this time they were closed for vacation! The first store was  Aux  Délices de l’Océan ! The official webpage: https://www.poissonnerie-ploemeur.fr/#vos-magasins

Ploemeur pl de l'eglise aux delices de l'ocean fish market store jun22

And again to complement, a bit over 50 meters from the fish store , we came to the another delicacy we cannot be without the chocolates so we shopped at Les Délices d’Anvers , stores at several places and known to us of very good Belgian chocolates (Anvers is the French way for Antwerpen, the Flemish). My dear late wife Martine loaded up here on our first visit and we have return again The typical 500 grams box and  sweet dry fruits;  delicious  as always The official webpage see Ploemeur:http://www.delicesdanvers.fr/magasins.php 

Ploemeur pl de l'eglise delices d'anvers chocolats store jun22

There you go folks, another memorable visit to Ploemeur, by the Morbihan coast of many nice moments in my life The monument and stores above are a delight to visit, worth a detour Again, hope you enjoy the post as I

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

June 15, 2022

The Church St Pierre of Quéven, and more !

And there you go folks, in my road warrior trips you think I have seen a lot but there is always more and even closer to home as is Quéven in my beautiful Morbihan and lovely Bretagne. I do not recall even passing by here although is only about 32 minutes from my house ! I have my work cut out for good ! Let me tell you a bit about Quéven and its nice Church St Pierre ! Hope you enjoy it as I.

Queven

In Quéven, the lintel of the Kerlaren farm bears, written in Gothic letters, the oldest known inscription in Brittany on a rural house: “L’AN MIL: III cc IIII XX XIIII” or the year 1494. The town is located on the banks of the Scorff river, and is limited by Pont Scorff and Gestel, by Guidel, by Ploemeur, and by Caudan. (see posts).

The Church of Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul (built 1676 rebuilt around 1900). The statuary comes from the Chapel of the Trinity. The Trinity, a sculpted group in polychrome stone, dates from the end of the 15C. The statue of Saint Apolline, in polychrome wood, dates from the 16C, and the polychrome wood statue of the Virgin of Mercy dates from the 17C. These last two statues come from the old chapel of the Trinity destroyed in 1944, victim of the bombardments during WWII.

Queven ch Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul belltower front jun22

Queven ch Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul altar jun22

The parish of Quéven was originally made up of two entities, namely the parish of Bihoué and Quéven, probably attached at the end of the 15C. Both are mentioned in 1380 and 1382 respectively. In any case, it can be assumed that there was a church for each. In the case of the parish church, placed under the patronage of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, the first traces only date back to 1676, when it was enlarged. In the 19C, the church underwent multiple restorations with its bell tower. During , WWII, it was bombed by 1944, and the bell tower dynamited. It will be rebuilt according to the plans of the architect Caubert de Cléry. Its furniture consists of many statues and ornaments. Among them are a Trinitarian Saint Anne from the second half of the 15C, a Virgin and Child from the 18C and holy water fonts from the 17C. The goldsmithery is otherwise richer and consists of chalices and paten dating from the 17C to the 19C. Today, it also retains a rich collection of statues from an old chapel in Quebec.(Canada).

Queven ch Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul chapel sacre heart and Christ jun22

Queven ch Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul groupe sainte trinite jun22

Queven ch Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul mise au tombeau partial jun22

The 17C calvary is said to be the work of Roland Doré, to whom we owe the magnificent enclosures and calvaries of Finistère…Formerly located in the cemetery of the parish Church of Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul, rebuilt in 1900. It then comprised two bays supporting a total of sixteen figures, back to back. Only five sculptures have been preserved.

Queven calvary by the ch Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul jun22

In early August 1944, shortly after the Normandy landings, the Americans blocked the Nazis around Lorient in what would be called the “Lorient pocket”, a strategic area which housed the large U-boat base of Nazis submarines. , but also the headquarters of Admiral Karl Dönitz. Rather than putting an end to this obstacle, the Americans left the area to go and liberate Berlin, leaving the French resistance fighters to reduce this pocket by blockading which would last 9 months until the Nazis surrender on May 10, 1945 in Caudan. It was in the town of Quéven that the Nazis had built the air base of Kerlin Bastard (today the naval air base of Lann Bihoué and Lorient airport-see post). Quéven will pay the price and will be 85% destroyed in mid-August 1944. The city of Toulouse will “adopt” the destroyed city of Quéven and support its reconstruction. The least Quéven could do was to recall this generosity by naming the large square in front of the church “place de la Ville de Toulouse”. In the middle of this square, a pretty fountain in a semicircle with a rock surmounted by a sculpture of a woman on her back with her legs bent and looking at the sky. This sculpture was made in 1993 by the painter and sculptor Georges Oudot.

Queven fontaine place de la Ville de Toulouse jun22

The city of Quéven and its heritagehttps://www.queven.com/decouvrir-la-ville/tourisme/decouvrir-le-patrimoine/

The Lorient South Brittany tourist office on Quévenhttps://www.lorientbretagnesudtourisme.fr/fr/immanquables/queven/

There you go folks, another dandy town in my beautiful Morbihan !! It can’t stop amazing me of the wonders we have here, and I am just touching the surface with nearby towns!! Hope you enjoy this introduction to Quéven as I

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

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