The Chapelle Saint- Jacques of Brech !!

This was mix in with other monuments and really should have a post of its own. This is the first town I lived when came to the beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of the lovely Bretagne in 2011. It is a town divided into many smaller villages or lieu-dit and the main town or bourg is where the church is, even thus I lived in Corn er Hoët (Breton, French would be Orée du Bois meaning edge of the woods). It really packs a lot of monuments with nice architecture and history for a small town, I was lucky to lived in it briefly. Therefore, let me tell you a bit more on the Chapelle Saint Jacques of Brech. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

brech chapelle st jacques in bourg jan12

The Chapelle Saint- Jacques. is located on the road to Sainte-Anne-d’Auray, at the edge of Bourg de Brech.  Lower down, the fountain and the washhouse complete the ensemble, whose harmony is degraded by the D19 departmental road. The chapel erected in 1464, and enlarged in the 20C. Until then, you had to cross the Brec’h Bridge. This same bridge which perhaps gave the name to the town, Brec’h then meaning “bridge”; however, there is room for doubt.


Nearby, the path of the blue damsels, a tribute to the dragonflies of such a singular color that roam the Loch river, is a popular path for hikers and goes up to the mill of Treuroux. With its chapel and fountain, its large presbytery Brec’h was a relay mentioned in 1648 on the map of the ways of Saint- James of Compostela. The Tro Breiz, or pilgrimage of the Seven Saints of Brittany, passed through this ancient route. The chapel is in a rectangular shape built in paired stones, surmounted by a square steeple, pierced by a portal with flamboyant decoration, with hammered blazons. The windows with flamboyant work, have been mutilated. Below pic my son going around….


The choir preserves two flaming pools. An interior stone bench runs all around the chapel. The facade is adorned with two pilasters, in the shape of a prism, framing the door. Transformations took place in the 17C, with the addition of the bell tower on the gable, and certainly the installation of an altarpiece of the chevet. lit by a window , no doubt pierced in the 18C, which was forced to wall up by the large axial bay. The “Baptism of Jesus” painting was replaced in 1926 by a copy. Two fairly recent wooden statues represented Saint-Jacques, leaning on his stick and carrying the shell, the pilgrim’s gourd and Saint Mathurin, his eyes fixed on a book.

The city of Brech on the Chapelle St Jacques:

There you go folks, another dandy in my beautiful Morbihan and sentimental Brech The locals write it Brec’h. Nowedays we passed by it every day , and the memories continue. Again, hope you enjoy the post on the Chapelle Saint Jacques of Brech,

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

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