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August 29, 2022

I bring you back to Sulniac !

The town of Sulniac is located in my beautiful department 56 of Morbihan, in my lovely region of Bretagne. The bordering towns are Treffléan, Elven ,La Vraie Croix ,Theix, Questembert, Lauzac and Berric , From Vannes you take the road N166 towards Rennes, take the Kerboulard exit, towards Treffléan / Questembert / Redon (D775), then at the Penrho roundabout follow the D183. I am updating an older post and combining it with new pictures taken today to expand on the town of Sulniac, as before had monuments in its village of Le Gorvello. Hope you enjoy the new post as I.

The Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church is a Catholic church located at a village call Le Gorvello,part of the town of Sulniac. The current church replaces the primitive chapel at the beginning of the 16C built by the hospital monks. The church has been remodeled several times, Le Gorvello is a hamlet straddling the towns of Theix-Noyalo and Sulniac. The hamlet is located at the intersection of the departmental roads D7 and D183, equal distance from Theix, Sulniac, Berric, La Trinité-Surzur and Lauzach. It is about 15 km from Vannes. In the 12C, Le Gorvello housed a Chaplaincy, belonging to the Templars, which cared for the poor, the sick and the lepers. At the dissolution of the order of the Templars, in 1312, the parish was passed under the control of the Bishop of Vannes. The Church of St. John the Baptist is built from 1523 to replace the chapel of the Templars.

Sulniac ch Saint Jean Baptiste front porch aug22

The Church of St. John the Baptist it’s a T-shaped Church, the nave barely detached from the two arms of the transept. At the bedside, large glass canopy with moldings. To the south transept, mulled window ,and in  the north transept, wooded window . The west entrance gable is adorned with a bay in a basket handle with pinnacles, braces and flop work. The gable is crowned by a small campanile with double compartment, frontings, all in granite. On the north façade, the nave bay is adjacent, adorned and protected by a porch made up of a circular granite arch. The buttresses of the bedside and the north transept present a superposition of cylindrical and prismatic parts.

Sulniac ch Saint Jean Baptiste front arch porch aug22

The present Church of St John the Baptist , the nave is covered with a frame, which has abundant inscriptions. In 1547, a chapel was added.  In 1560, a porch and a second chapel are added. The Church is open, on its western gable, by a door in a basket-loop, with multiple moldings, under a brace bearing a high jewel. The buttresses that surround it are decorated with flaming pinnacles. The Church houses the statues of St. Mark and St. Isidore, the Patron Saint of the Laborers.

Sulniac ch Saint Jean Baptiste back aug22

The Saint-Pierre Church (12-20C) is in city center/downtown Sulniac. The church was almost completely rebuilt in the 19C and then in 1948-49 following a fire. Only the transept crossing remains of the Romanesque church. Its semicircular arcades were recut in tiers-point after the 1948 fire. They rest on complex piers with engaged columns and sculpted Romanesque capitals.

Sulniac ch Saint Pierre side left aug22

Sulniac ch Saint Pierre side right aug22

Sulniac ch Saint Pierre back aug22

Other things to see in Sulniac jurisdiction are:

The Sulniac Cemetery Cross is a banner cross erected in the town of Sulniac, The place de l’église to the apse of the church, The Saint-Jean-Baptiste fountain is located at the hamlet of Le Gorvello The steeple placed on a pedestal houses a statuette of St Vincent Ferrier, apostle of the country of Vannes in the 15C.  The castle of Ferrières is located overhanging the Ferrières stream, about 500 meters north of the hamlet of Kerhouarn, 2.4 km from the town center of La Vraie-Croix, 3.6 km from the town center of Sulniac and 5.3 km from the town center of Questembert. The castle is built in the Louis XIII style and in local granite. Of the original castle, only a few carved granite openings remain, an armored pennon and carved chimneys. Rampants with chevronière and acroterion are also present on the western facade.

Also, as have a recent post and others, here is the home of the Distillerie du Gorvello, A small family farm specializing in the cultivation of cider apple trees , and ciders of course.

Sulniac Cidrerie de Gorvello showroom front closed aug22

The town of Sulniac on its heritage

The Gulf of Morbihan local tourist office on Sulniac

There you go folks , some more interesting trips off the beaten path in my beautiful Morbihan; and is not over yet!! Plenty more to see and do here. For now ,enjoy the Sulniac town and hamlets !

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

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August 29, 2022

And I give you Treffléan !

The town of Treffléan is located in my beautiful department of Morbihan 56, and in my lovely region of Bretagne. The road N166 towards Rennes then D775 towards Questembert and finally D116 towards Treffléan, 7 km from Elven and 12 from Vannes. With a territory of 1,800 ha, bordering the towns of Theix-Noyalo, Sulniac, Elven, Saint-Nolff and Vannes. This is one I passed so many times lost count near my old job, but this is the first time I entered its city center/downtown!  Hope you enjoy Treffléan as I.

A bit of history I like

Treffléan is believed to be an ancient truce of Sulniac and dedicated to Saint Leo. Some historians maintain that Treffléan is a dismemberment of the original parish of Theix and not of Sulniac , On February 13, 1791, during the French revolution, peasants from the parishes to the east of Vannes head for this town to free their bishop. The regrouping of the rebels takes place at Kerboulard. The revolutionaries stop them at Liziec, on the road to Rennes. In Morbihan, only 48 priests out of 454 took the oath to the civil constitution of the clergy. 25 priests were guillotined, others exiled.

One nice thing to see here and we did is the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel ,aka Notre-Dame-de-Cran Chapel or Templar Chapel, It is in the hamlet of Cran off D104. They are the Knights of the Temple and the Hospital which in 1182 would have built the Notre-Dame de Bon Secours Chapel. From 1319 it was the object of very active pilgrimages following numerous miracles. In the 16C the building was rebuilt on its Roman foundations. The mansion erected at the end of the 17C, behind the chapel, replaces an older building, the Commandery of the Templars or a fortified farm. The fountain dating from 1740 rises in a vast paved enclosure, surrounded by a low granite wall.

Tréfflean chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours back front Cran aug22

Tréfflean chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours altar Cran aug22

Tréfflean chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel Christ on Cross Cran aug22

Tréfflean chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours frescoes wall right Cran aug22

The Saint-Léon Church (16C), restored in 1840 and in neo-Romanesque style ,except for the choir. This one is in city center/downtown. The tower, the sacristy, the porch and a reliquary. From this church dating from 1575, only the tower and the staircase are preserved in the current church. The statues of Saint Apolline, the Virgin of the Assumption, etc, and her chalice come from the Chapel of Bizole which had been donated by Tanguy Le Sénéchal, Sieur de Tréduday. The pulpit dates from 1895. The church also houses a polychrome wooden statue of Saint Leon and a granite font placed on a column-shaped base. Following a fire during the night of October 30 to 31, 1912, the church was almost entirely rebuilt in 1912-1913 with the bell tower dating from 1992.

Tréfflean ch Saint Léon side aug22

Tréfflean ch Saint Léon altar aug22

Tréfflean ch Saint Léon chapel Virgin ND aug22

Tréfflean ch Saint Léon chapel baptismal font aug22

Other nice thing to see here is the Calvary of Bizole is located at the entrance of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Chapel (17C), at a place called Bizole. In the village of Bizole is the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Chapel. The chapel built from 1622 to 1686 in the Renaissance style houses a statue of Saint Juliet invoked for children who are slow to walk. It is an old sanctuary built, it seems, in the 12C by the Templars and Hospitallers, and remodeled in the 17C. Along with the church and the calvary, the Sainte-Juliette fountain completes the classic trilogy in Brittany. It is a small monument dating from 1666.

One interesting spot we saw passing is the Etang du Delan or ponds a body of water equipped for fishing and family relaxation. You can practice trout fishing there, making unlimited catches, or fish for carp, tench, bream and roach… You need to throw the fish back not to be taken out. On site, you can take advantage of the services of a bar and fast food. Games are also installed for the youngest, with in particular a game of big skittles.

Tréfflean etang du Delan near D116 aug22

The town of Treffléan on the chapels

The town of Treffléan on the Church Saint Léon

The Gulf of Morbihan tourist office on Treffléan :

There you go folks, another dandy in my beautiful Morbihan. New places visited and pleasant for half a day in Treffléan, an inland side of the Gulf of Morbihan. Again, hope you enjoy it as I.

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

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August 29, 2022

La Salle de la Belle Cheminée of Fontainebleau !!

This is difficult to write as many wonderful moments with my dear late wife Martine visiting the castle and town of Fontainebleau in her region and becoming Friends of the Castle. However, I like to bring them to life for memories’ sake. This is an update of an older post, hope you enjoy it, and do visit the castle is a must while in France. See my many posts in my blog.
Let me tell you about a part not yet open to the public, last I check, but had several meetings there and as the castle is renovated maybe will be open one day. The room in question is the room of the beautiful chimney and its relations or in French la Salle de la Belle Cheminée of the Château de Fontainebleau !!

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The Salle de la Belle Cheminée (or the beautiful chimney room) is one of the works commissioned by king Henri IV. Above the Belle Cheminée, lies a bas-relief of Henri IV on horseback representing the King on his illustrious white steed. The wing of the Belle Cheminée, also known as the aile(wing) de l’Ancienne Comédie or wing of the old comedy, built between 1565 and 1570 in stone of Saint-Leu, derives its name from the chimney that occupied the great hall in the 18C. It was taken down and her sculptures were scattered. The name of old comedy comes from the theater that king Louis XV had made. First known as the Salle de la Belle Cheminée from 1597 to 1601, it was called a theater from 1725, on the occasion of the marriage of king Louis XV; It was destroyed in 1856 by a fire. The monumental exterior staircase has two Italian ramps. It makes the connection with the cour de la Fontaine (courtyard of the fountain). The Belle Cheminée of the Château de Fontainebleau was dismembered in 1725 . The fragments were taken in the 19C into two other chimneys in the castle. Other fragments are in reserve at Fontainebleau. The Louvre museum presents the central frieze which separated the upper part forming mantle from the fireplace. It is now in a theater setup for meetings and the chimney still there , still call the beautiful chimney room and one that hopes to be shown to the public.

Other rooms in relation to the Belle Cheminée are worth mentioning on this post are:
In the Salle des Gardes (room of the guards) you will notice two great figures that surround the chimney coming from the famous Belle Cheminée by then disappeared, sumptuous carved monument. to the glory of the victorious king of 7 meters high,by 6 meters wide. On the left is the allegorical figure of Peace; it lowers, to smother it, the torch of war, reminding us that by the edit of Nantes (1598), king Henri IV had put an end to the civil religious wars between Catholics and Protestants. On the right, the allegory seems to be Obedience; a young woman is about to pass a harness to a lion. The good King Henri was indeed, against any golden legend, an autocratic sovereign, reinforcing the Royal authority and announcing the absolute monarchy of his grandson, Louis XIV. The remainder of the chimney, of a more grey hue, was carved in 19C.

The official Château de Fontainebleau on the things to see:
There you go folks, this is special, a must to visit while in France; the Château de Fontainebleau that is. So much history of France and Europe , and the World is here, as well as loving architecture. You ought it to yourselves to visit the Château de Fontainebleau , and look out for visiting the Salle de la Belle Cheminée !!
And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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