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September 30, 2022

The Church St Pierre of Pleucadeuc !

Continuing in my road warrior mode in my beautiful Morbihan, I was on my way and passed by a new town ! Impressive coming into town on a local dept road and seeing this Church of St Pierre before my eyes. I needed to stop and take a look; therefore, here is my take on the Church of St Pierre of Pleucadeuc !

The town of Pleucadeuc is located in the beautiful department 56 of Morbihan in the lovely region of Bretagne. The name of the town comes from the Breton “Plou” and from “Cadoc”,or the parish of Cadoc. It is located 19 km from Ploërmel, 31 km from Vannes, 65 km from Rennes, 370 km from Paris! It is about 70 km from my house. Pleucadeuc is limited by Malestroit ,Saint-Marcel, Bohal, Molac, Pluherlin, Saint-Gravé and Saint-Congard.

What made me stop in town was the nice St Peter’s Church upon entering the town on the D 774 road, Let me tell you a bit about it, The Church of Saint Pierre build in 1887 in the neo Gothic style with 17C silversmithing,

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The Saint-Peter’s Church was modified between 1968 and 1980, The church, which dated from 1596, was demolished around 1880 and replaced in 1887 by an ordinary Gothic-style church, The new church, is also dedicated to Saint Peter and takes the form of a Latin cross. Its side altars are under the patronage of the Blessed Virgin and the Sacred Heart. Its style is from the 13C. The lower sides are decorated with small gables. See the statue of the Virgin and Child, dating from the 15C.

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Other insteresting things to see here me think are the Chapelle Saint-Barthélemy at Gorays: 15C fragments of 16C stained glass windows, and the Gare de Pleucadeuc, a former train station of the Questembert-Ploërmel line, now an access point to the Mauron-Questembert greenway.

A bit of history I like : In the year 837, a charter was signed in Pleucadeuc In Plebe Cadoci by a monk named Gias Cadoc or servant of Cadoc. Before the dismemberment of the parishes in the 12C, Pleucadeuc included the territory of Saint-Congard, and the southern part of the town of Malestroit, Following Ballon’s victory at Bains-sur-Oust in the year 845, Nominoë became king of Brittany and he has his home in Coët-Leu, today the town of Saint-Congard. In the Middle Ages, the châtellenie of Pleucadeuc depended on the county of Rochefort.

Unusual the information is from the church itself not much else and not on the town’s page. Anyway, worth the detour me think.

The town of Pleucadeuc basic infohttp://www.pleucadeuc.fr/presentation-2-137.html

There you go folks, another dandy find in my road warrior ways of my beautiful Morbihan. Never a dull moment finding gems to record in my blog. Hope you enjoy the nice Church St Pierre of Pleucadeuc !!

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

September 30, 2022

Back to the Church Saint Alban of Elven !!

And continuing on my road warrior mode, came back again to familiar territory and great memories. You can read on my previous posts on Elven in my blog. We as a family went several times and always a nice experience. Let me tell you again a bit more onthe Church Saint Alban of Elven !!

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The town of Elven is ,of course in my beautiful Morbihan and lovely Bretagne just 15 km of Vannes on the axis Vannes-Rennes, road N166. It is ,also, about 39 km from my house. These are new pictures of today!  The current St Alban Church is a reflection of the history of Elven. It has been recently renovated (2020) completely, looking at it, I thought was another church ! My boys at above and below pics !!

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You have a beautiful simple Church Saint-Alban, rebuilt in the 17C and again in the 19C, it still hold the roman choir of the original Church, see the mechanical clock and replica in wood of the Church. The Church Saint-Alban, is dedicated to Alban de Verulamium, patron of Elven, referring to the martyrdom suffered by him in England in 303 while the founders of the city come from the other side of the channel, the patron Saint of the city. The Normans destroyed by fire the first wooden church. In 1121, a Romanesque church was rebuilt, again destroyed by a fire in 1525. A church of Gothic style was elevated, of which only today the Romanesque Choir remains. In 1536 is built a neo-Gothic nave and then, in 1642, a bell tower. In the 19C, the work suffering from the time was renovated, the nave and the transept were rebuilt. The bell tower is completed in 1877 and the Church will be consecrated in 1879.

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The city of Elven on its heritage with the St Alban Churchhttps://www.elven.bzh/patrimoine-religieux/

There you go folks, Elven carries memorable moments for me that just wanted to keep those memories.  Coming from Paris or Rennes, this should be an excellent rest stop.  Hope you enjoy the post on the St Alban Church as I.

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

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September 30, 2022

The Chapelle de Sainte Anne of Elven !!

Let me bring back some memories of my work. A while back, hard to remember dates, a collegue working in my dept told me he was from Elven? huh? He show me the map and told me there was nice things to see and a very good restaurant. Needless to say we as a family went and true to local knowledge it was nice. Later our CFO decided to have a party for the group and voilà the restaurant was chosen again, and again it was wonderful. But enough of the restaurant (see post) . I decided to stop by again and took new pictures to show you on the Chapelle de Sainte Anne !!

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And the pretty  Chapelle of Sainte Anne built in 1902. Located 200 meters from St Alban’s Church. The Chapel dates from the beginning of the 20C ; built in neo-Gothic style, its remarkable gable dominates the Ker Anna district. The door is surmounted by an accolade with finial resting on pilasters with flowered pinnacles.  A Cornish bell tower soars into the sky, extended by an arrow confined to small gables and gargoyles. Inside, the stained-glass windows retrace the history of Sainte-Anne. The one in the choir presents the donors, in particular Monsieur de Charette as a pontifical zouave.

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A “Cornish” steeple soars into the sky, extended by a spire confined with small gables and gargoyles. Inside, the stained glass windows retrace the history of Sainte-Anne. That of the choir presents the donors, in particular Monsieur de Charette as a pontifical Zouave. The stained glass window of the choir is original in its design and allows us to evoke some pages of our history. We see on one side the spire of the Church of St Alban, on the other the fortress of Largoët, a way of asserting that the scene takes place in Elven. In the background, on one side, the parishioners in traditional costume; on the other the clergy.

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The city of Elven on its heritage with the above chapel : https://www.elven.bzh/patrimoine-religieux/

There you go folks, feel better now to give credit to this wonderful monument in little pretty Elven near me just 44 km still in my beautiful Morbihan. Hope you enjoy the post on the Saint Anne Chapel as I.

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

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