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The parish of Quéven was originally made up of two entities, namely the parish of Bihoué and Quéven, probably attached at the end of the 15C.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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