The Abbey Notre-Dame de Timadeuc of Bréhan !!!

Again, back in my road warrior mode in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne and in my belle France, The possibilities are endless and I am just starting, really ! I went today to several towns never before been and the trip was awesome with me the boys and Rex, our dog, Cruising right along I came into the town of Bréhan a planned stop ,and saw a wonderful abbey good enough to included it in my blog, Therefore, here is the first on the Abbey Notre Dame de Timadeuc of Bréhan !!! Hope you enjoy it as I.

Bréhan abbaye de Timadeuc front entr nov22

Right off the bat, we missed timing again, part of the risks of road warrior thrills in my lovely Bretagne and belle France, They do cheeses here very good my sons eat it, and we arrive by noonish , the store was close for their lunch oh well we will be back eventually, The cheeses are the Trappe and the Timanoix. From 1871, the first cheeses came out of the abbey cellars , the oldest cheeses of Brittany in an abbey.

The Abbey Notre-Dame de Timadeuc is an abbey of Cistercian-Trappist monks located in Bréhan in the Pays des Rohan, right off the road D2 in a village of Timadeuc part of Bréhan ,and not far from the Oust river and the Canal Nantes Brest. It was founded on July 22, 1841 by three monks from the Abbey of La Trappe in Perche. It is 54 km from my house.

Bréhan abbaye de Timadeuc monks prayer house nov22

Bréhan abbaye de Timadeuc abbey and church nov22

This community owed its establishment and its survival in the early days to the generosity of the Countess of Bot who sold for a modest price the manor of Timadeuc, then very dilapidated, to establish a monastery there. The first monks lived for a time, housed free of charge, in the neighboring castle of Quengo, the time to make Timadeuc habitable. The priory and its buildings were built from 1842 to 1846, in particular from materials taken from the ruins of the Château de Rohan. The first laying of the church took place on April 1, 1842, its consecration on September 1, 1846.

Bréhan abbaye de Timadeuc church entr nov22

In 1895, the old church was destroyed, a new one in the neo-Gothic style was rebuilt from 1895 to 1898: the laying of the first stone, engraved with the vintage of 1895, was done in the apse. In a cavity made in this “foundation stone” was placed a heart of lead containing medals of the Blessed Virgin, Saint Joseph, Saint Benedict, Saint Anne and the Guardian Angel. The Law of Separation of Church and State in 1905 threatened the existence of the abbey: twelve monks left Timadeuc and retired to Notre-Dame du Petit Clairvaux in Canada in 1903 to prepare for the exile of the community which did not take place. The definitive monastery of Timadeuc was built between 1925 and 1930.

Bréhan abbaye de Timadeuc church altar nov22

Bréhan abbaye de Timadeuc church nave to altar nov22

The abbey was a center of resistance during WWII, under the authority of its abbot father, Dom Dominique Nogues, who was also an agent of the Pat O’Leary network. This contribution to the Resistance earned the Notre Dame Abbey of Timadeuc,  the French Resistance Medal in 1946, It was raised in 1946 in memory of Father Guénaël of Timadeuc Abbey, the Calvary of Timadeuc recalls his courage and the role of the abbey which served as a reception center for resistance fighters and fugitives, and as an arms cache (after the airdropping of weapons, they were tested on the spot). Arrested on June 14, 1943 by the Gestapo and deported for acts of resistance, the father died on January 3, 1945 at the Buchenwald camp.

Bréhan abbaye de Timadeuc church back from altar nov22

The official Abbaye Notre Dame de Timadeuc :

The town of Bréhan and its heritage

There you go folks, another dandy in my beautiful Morbihan, always amazing finds, I continue in my road warrior trips, the best way to see and know the country, any country, I hope you enjoy these posts and especially today on the Abbaye Notre Dame de Timadeuc of Bréhan !!!

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

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