A lot more in Trégastel !!

Nothing better than to start up about 2 hrs north of me to the neighboring dept 22 of the Côtes d’Armor and visit a bit more Trégastel. We have been on the area before but there is so much to see alone in my lovely Bretagne that we need to come back again and again. I am updating the post with fresh text and links, hope you enjoy it as I, Let me tell you a bit about the religious monuments of Trégastel !

Trégastel is located between Perros-Guirec (see post) and Pleumeur-Bodou (see post) on the Côte de Granit Rose or pink granite coast, 70 km from Saint-Brieuc (see post), and 11 km from Lannion (see post). I have come here only by car! By road, the town is served by the departmental road D11 coming from Lannion and by the departmental road D788 coming from Pleumeur-Bodou or Perros-Guirec.

The historic and architectural heritage of Trégastrel is exceptionally rich, due to the presence of megalithic monuments in covered alleys, menhirs, Gallic stele and religious buildings such as chapels, churches and ossuaries built between the 12C and the 17C, without forgetting tide mills, calvaries and other fountains and washhouses.

Sainte Anne Church has a flat chevet building built between the 12C and the 19C. It is a church where all the centuries, from this period, are represented. The semi-circular 17C ossuary presents an elegant gallery with balusters and a roof surmounted by a turret with a granite dome. The ossuary collected the bones from the graves of the cemetery because the latter is not extensible; it was necessary to make room for the new deceased approximately every five years. This ossuary constitutes the originality of the church of Trégastel. The furniture consists, among other things, of a Romanesque font with grotesque figures, the pulpit to preach of the 17C, a beam of glory, of an old wheat measure in stone of the 14C In addition, some old statues representing Notre-Dame de Délivrance, Saint Anne, Saint Marguerite, Saint Nicolas and Saint Yves between the Rich and the Poor. After being under the patronage of Saint Laurent, the Church of Trégastel is currently placed rather under the patronage of Saint Anne, whose feast is in July, date on which forgiveness is celebrated. The west gable, resulting from a first reshuffle, presents a portal from the end of the 14C and the beginning of the 15C. The south facade has a square and vaulted porch, from the end of the 16C. In the 19C, a restoration, in granite from Île-Grande, made the old bell tower with three openings disappear, to replace it with an arch supporting two bells. Collaterals forming six spans separated by arches broken flank the capped nave. On the window-master whose replacement dates from the 17C, the stained glass windows are more recent and date from 1869. Saint Brieuc and Saint Tugdual, the patrons of the bishopric, are represented in the center of the window.

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The site where the Sainte-Anne-des-Rochers Chapel is located has long been dedicated to spiritual life. After the end of the Roman occupation, a group of monks from across the Channel installed a hermitage with a small wooden chapel. This place then took the name of Langastel. The chapel was founded by Jean de Lannion, lord of Aubays. Around 1630, he was lieutenant of the constabulary of Bretagne, governor of Lannion, captain of the ban and the rear ban of the bishopric of Tréguier, responsible for monitoring the coasts. He also has great devotion to Sainte Anne, patron Saint of Bretagne, which explains the dedication of this chapel. Before 1928 the chapel was a simple rectangle sixteen by four meters. It was not until 1928, with the advent of sea bathing fashion, that the chapel was enlarged with the creation of a transept with the choir in the north wing. On one of the pillars of the entrance to the chapel, is the sculpted torso of a mutilated Christ, in Kersanton granite, from the Calvary of the bourg, built in 1872. This is all that remains of the great cross struck by lightning in 1912,

The Calvaire du Bourg or calvary of the town, built in 1872 on the initiative of Abbé Bouget, who had it built on the hill of Krec’h Lest, not far from the town’s church. This dry stone monument consists of a chapel-crypt, dedicated to Notre-Dame-de-Pitié, surrounded by a narrow spiral path which goes up to an upper platform on which the base of the cross. In the first niche is the granite statue of a kneeling peasant holding a spade; in a second, to the south, a statue of the Sacred Heart, made of wood. The following niches house the statues of Saint Laurent, Saint Joseph, Saint Yves and finally Saint François Xavier . You see writings in Breton marking the route.

The city of Trégastel on its heritagehttps://www.tregastel.fr/Patrimoine

The Granite Coast of Brittany tourist office on Trégastelhttps://www.bretagne-cotedegranitrose.com/villes-de-la-cote-de-granit-rose/tregastel/

There you go folks, so much to do and see here, this on the religious monuments of Trégastel, see other posts. For now enjoy part of the Granite Coast of Brittany in the Côtes d’Armor dept 22,  and Trégastel. We will be back !

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

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