Etel, a church and a museum !!

In my road warrior mode let me bring you again to Etel in in my beautiful Morbihan of my lovely Bretagne and my belle France.   Etel! located 18 km from Auray, 30 km from Lorient and 30 km from Vannes, and it is 22 km from my house. I like to bring on the two great monuments to visit in Etel ; the Church Notre Dame des Flots and the Musée des Thoniers, Hope you enjoy it as I.

The Church Notre Dame des Flots occupies the square in the center of the village, formerly the hamlet of Kerévin. In the church, we find two statues dedicated to the marine environment. The first represents a Madonna and Child Jesus holding a boat in her hand. The small sailing vessel bears the inscription “ND des Flots”. The second statue is dedicated to Sainte Anne; the Breton saint is holding a crown buoy.

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The former chapel became parish church on September 2, 1849, In 1888 order is given by the City to build a large gallery at the bottom of the church. After WWII, the town again ordered to renovate the church and finally erect a bell tower there. The work was completed in 1958 with the creation on the bedside wall of a monumental fresque to the glory of the Virgin, protector of the maritime world, recognizing.

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The Musée des Thoniers is picturesque and authentic, this museum tells with emotion the great epic of the fishermen. Held by former volunteer sailors, this museum hoists the flag of the region’s vast maritime heritage. Crouching between the models, naval objects and period reconstructions, one discovers the shimmering life of the port, its ballet of trawlers, the rescues at sea but also the wind and tidal mills or the small coastal train… This museum of character, as picturesque as the Ria d’Etel, is also a place of inspiration for the many artists who exhibit there.

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The themes are shown as the maritime economy and the daily lives of seafarers; the natural phenomenon of the Barre d’Etel and its atypical semaphore; the Bombard affair and rescue at sea; the vast local historical and natural heritage; the surrender of the Pocket of Lorient to Etel… Marine objects, numerous naval and railway models and dioramas, works of art. Nice!

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The official musée des Thoniers

The city of Etel on location :

The local Bay of Quiberon tourist board on Etel

There you go folks, another dandy spot in my beautiful MorbihanEtel is worth the detour and the ambiance on shops and restos by the port and views of the Ria are awesome! Hope you enjoy the museum and church an architectural and historical addition to a fine small town.

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

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