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November 2, 2022

The curiosities of Pontchâteau !!

I am on my road warrior mode again, going to see my Bretagne old and new. This time went over into the old Brittany of the Loire Atlantique dept 44 in the new region of Pays de la Loire. I heard about this town and passed by it, never in, until now. Always amazing finds in my belle France. The town is about ,Let me tell you a bit about the curiosities of Pontchâteau !!

The town of Pontchâteau is is 19 km from La Roche-Bernard (Morbihan 56 ), 30 km from Redon (Ille-et-Vilaine 35), 25 km from Saint-Nazaire ,53 km from Nantes.(44), and 93 km from my house.  Pontchâteau is located at a major crossroads of the RN 165, Nantes-Vannes-Brest expressway, and the D 773, Saint-Nazaire-Redon road. Pontchâteau is also on the railway line from Savenay to Landerneau and is served by a train station.

In the 11C, abandoning the site of the Écrin, the Lords of Pont facilitated the construction of residences not far from their castle, on the banks of the Brivet river. The bridge over the Brivet was guarded by the baron’s castle. At the foot of the castle, traders come to shelter their wares from robbers. The city is born, center of exchanges between the high country of the lands of the plateau and the marshes of the low country of the Brière: bridge and castle, nucleus of origin, hence its name. At the same time, the lords of Le Pont founded a priory with the monks of Marmoutier. Pontchâteau was, in the Middle Ages, on one of the roads to Santiago de Compostela.  During the Hundred Days, the Marquis de Coislin, local leader of the royalist insurrection,against the French revolution, had his headquarters in Pontchâteau. Radiating with his troop, he has some engagements in Campbon and Guérande against detachments rallied to Napoleon.

The Saint-Martin Church, (1859-1875), dedicated to the patron saint of the Benedictines of Marmoutiers, Saint-Martin de Tours. The current church is located on the site of the old church which was in the shape of a Latin cross, with a single aisle to the north. The nave with the choir was 35 meters long. There were eleven altars and the main altar was dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours: it was a gift made in 1652 by the Chomart family of the Château du Bodio. The bell tower, which had been redone in 1769, once contained three bells and rested on a porch of four pillars: the spire was slender. The coat of arms of the barons of Pontchâteau once appeared in the parish church.

PontChâteau ch Saint Martin front oct22

PontChâteau ch Saint Martin side oct22

And passing i took this picture of a pretty Hôtel de Ville or city/town hall of Pontchâteau

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Other things to see in Pontchâteau are

In the 18C, the epic of the great missionary Grignion de Montfort marked the land of Pontchâtelain and its surroundings for a long time. Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort wanted to mark his passage by erecting a Calvary The work, begun in 1709,and was completed fifteen months later in 1710. Louis XIV, perhaps misinformed, ordered its destruction. The current Calvary dates from 1821, and houses around thirty statues and buildings on approximately 14 hectares: a Stations of the Cross with figures, the Scala Sancta (1891), a pilgrimage chapel (1873), a praetorium… You can also see the statue of Father Grignion de Montfort represented with his symbol, the builder’s shovel, The Calvary of Pontchâteau constitutes a quite remarkable cultural and religious site. The route is dotted with sculpted groups, representing the different stations of the passion of Christ, and punctuated with aedicules of various styles, of great finesse. The visitor, like the pilgrim, ends this progression by climbing Golgotha, an artificial mountain, offering an interesting view of the surrounding Brière. On the same site, discover the Calvary Museum, telling the story of the Calvary of Pontchâteau and presenting the different Christian Missions, evolving around the world. Every year, exhibitions are organized there.

Le Fuseau de la Madeleine , is a 5.65 meters high granite menhir dates from around 5000 BC. It is oriented along a northwest/southeast axis and leans slightly towards the northeast. Its slightly leaning shape and rather tapered at its top is certainly at the origin of its name: le Fuseau or spindle (accessory for weaving). La Madeleine is the name of a nearby place, where the Calvary of Pontchâteau is currently located as well.  The Stele aux Aviateurs, or Aviators stone on the road to Crossac, commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the death of 7 Allied airmen (5 Canadians and 2 Scots) shot down in the territory of Saint-Guillaume on July 25, 1944; they rest in the cemetery of Pontchâteau.

The town of Pont-Château on its heritagehttps://www.pontchateau.fr/histoire-et-patrimoine/

The local Pontchâteau Saint Gildas des Bois tourist office on its heritage :https://www.pontchateau-saintgildasdesbois.com/histoire-et-patrimoine.html

There you go folks, a dandy of a town, this one is to be back eventually worth it. We were on our road warrior mode so just saw couple monuments and went on to other towns, see posts. Hope you enjoy this post on the curiosities of Pontchâteau as I.

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

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November 2, 2022

The Church of Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul of Derval !!

And continuing on my road warrior mode this time back in old Bretagne ; but again taking you and me to a new town, Amazing my belle France, beauties all over, I had a long road trip and on the way back passed by this little town and decided to slow down even stop for a few souvenirs of my passage in my life’s travels, This is a bit on the Church Saint Pierre et Saint Paul of Derval !!

Derval ch Saint Pierre Saint Paul belltower clock oct22

Derval ch Saint Pierre Saint Paul side entr oct22

The town of Derval is located in the Loire-Atlantique department 44, in the Pays de la Loire region., It is on the north side of the Loire Atlantique about 50 km from Nantes and Rennes, 25 km from Châteaubriant and 40 km from Redon. It is about 127 km from my house.

The parish of Derval is mentioned several times in the 9C in the charters of the cartulary of Redon, but it is only in the 11C that the lords of Derval appear. The lords of Derval built a feudal castle. The lord of Derval Guillaume I, took part in 1203 in the States gathered in Vannes to avenge the death of Prince Arthur of Brittany and he was, in 1212, witness to the marriage contract of André de Vitré with Catherine of Brittany , On May 19, 1451 , Derval was erected into a barony by Duke Pierre II in favor of Jean de Malestroit, who had become lord of Derval in 1435. The barony passed to the Rieux family in 1482, Laval, following the marriage of Françoise de Rieux with François de Laval , Baron de Châteaubriant, then to that of the Montmorency-Condé by donation in 1539 by Jean de Laval to the Constable Anne de Montmorency.

The Church of Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul (built between 1846 – 20C), This church succeeds a dilapidated sanctuary whose foundation predates the 11C. The primitive church of Derval, dedicated to Saint Denis, was first under the dependency of Saint Nicolas d’Angers, then in the 13C that of Saint Pierre de Bourgueuil.  The choir of the current church dates from 1846 , and statue of Saint Sebastian and the Virgin date from 1846, the three others represent Saint Odile, the Curé of Ars and Joan of Arc. The stained glass windows represent Saint Louis, Marie Grignon de Montfort and Saint Bernard. Assumption of the Virgin, located at the back of the apse.

Derval ch Saint Pierre Saint Paul altar oct22

Derval ch Saint Pierre Saint Paul back Cross oct22

The painting entitled “The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian”, dates from the 19C. On July 26, 1749, the first stone of the master- church altar was put up.  Built from 1846 on the site of a Romanesque church dating from the 14C, the church is furnished and decorated in neo-renaissance style and dedicated to the apostles Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul. Four of its stained glass windows are the work of Albert Gsell, glass painter, author of the stained glass windows of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica in Montmartre (Paris).

Derval ch Saint Pierre Saint Paul chapel resurrection oct22

Derval ch Saint Pierre Saint Paul chapel rising portrait oct22

Derval

The town of Derval on its heritagehttp://www.derval.fr/fr/information/96890/patrimoine

The Châteaubriant tourist office on the church St Pierre of Derval : http://www.tourisme-chateaubriant.fr/decouvrir-la-region/le-patrimoine-religieux/eglise-saint-pierre-saint-paul/

There you go folks, another dandy find in my road warrior ways of my old Bretagne and my belle France, As this is now Pays de la Loire created in 1955.  It always amaze me of the beauties of the road, This was a first time passing and nice looking little town, worth coming back for more. Hope you enjoy the post on the Church Saint Pierre et Saint Paul of Derval I!

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

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November 2, 2022

The Chapelle Saint-Michel of Derval !

And continuing on my road warrior mode this time going back to the old Bretagne ; but again taking you and me to a new town, Amazing my belle France, beauties all over, I had a long road trip and on the way back passed by this little town and decided to slow down even stop for a few souvenirs of my passage in my life’s travels, This is a bit on the former Chapelle Saint Michel of Derval and al. !

Derval Chapelle Saint Michel former now cultural front oct22

The town of Derval is located in the Loire-Atlantique department 44, in the Pays de la Loire region., It is on the north side of the Loire Atlantique about 50 km from Nantes and Rennes, 25 km from Châteaubriant and 40 km from Redon. It is about 127 km from my house.

The parish of Derval is mentioned several times in the 9C in the charters of the cartulary of Redon, but it is only in the 11C that the lords of Derval appear. The lords of Derval built a feudal castle. The lord of Derval Guillaume I, took part in 1203 in the States gathered in Vannes to avenge the death of Prince Arthur of Brittany and he was, in 1212, witness to the marriage contract of André de Vitré with Catherine of Brittany , On May 19, 1451 , Derval was erected into a barony by Duke Pierre II in favor of Jean de Malestroit, who had become lord of Derval in 1435. The barony passed to the Rieux family in 1482, Laval, following the marriage of Françoise de Rieux with François de Laval , Baron de Châteaubriant, then to that of the Montmorency-Condé by donation in 1539 by Jean de Laval to the Constable Anne de Montmorency.

Derval Chapelle Saint Michel former now cultural back oct22

The former Saint-Michel Chapel, built in 1877 on the initiative of Émilie Chérel, On her death in 1887, Mrs Chérel donated the chapel to the town of Derval as well as the adjoining hospice, then under construction, The Chapel no longer used for worship for many years For more than a century, it will house the mass celebrated for the residents of the adjoining hospice, which will later become the Val d’Émilie retirement home. When the retirement home was decommissioned in 2006, the town kept the old chapel as part of its heritage. Now adjoining the new musical center, fitted out by the Châteaubriant-Derval community of towns in one of the buildings of the former retirement home. It will now play a new role, oriented towards culture. It will host concerts and exhibitions within its walls. Desacralized at the start of the year, the city council renamed it Espace Émilie-Chérel, in memory of its generous donor.

Derval Chapelle Saint Michel former now cultural side oct22

Derval Chapelle Saint Michel former now cultural side road oct22

Other things to see here me think are : The castle oratory (end of the 19C), located in the castle and built on the site where the priory and the chapels dedicated to Saint Clair and Saint Denis were once located. The calvary of Plessis (15C-19C), located on the road to Mouais , the shaft of the cross was restored in the 19C. The Château de la Garrelaye (14-16C).

The town of Derval on its heritagehttp://www.derval.fr/fr/information/96890/patrimoine

The Châteaubriant tourist office on the regional heritagehttp://www.tourisme-chateaubriant.fr/decouvrir-la-region/

There you go folks, another dandy find in my road warrior ways of my lovely old Bretagne ,even if now is in Pays de la Loire (born in 1955), and my belle France, It always amaze me of the beauties of the road, This was a first time passing and nice looking little chapel, had no choice to stop and see, Hope you enjoy the post on the Chapelle Saint Michel and al. of Derval as I,

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

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