The Chapelle Saint-Quirin 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 Quirin of Brech. Hope you enjoy the post as I.


The Chapelle Saint-Quirin is on the D768 la chaumiere road. Dated from the 17C, the Saint Quirin Chapel contains what is considered to be the most beautiful classical altarpiece in the Morbihan. Built in tufa and Maine marble, this masterpiece is attributed to the Laval masters. The chapel is placed under the patronage of Saint Quirin who is said to be a martyred bishop. It belongs to the lordship of Kerivallan belonging to this family from 1628 to the French revolution.  In 1675 the manoir was enlarged .The site is a typical Breton sanctuary and a stopover for pilgrims on their way to Sainte-Anne d’Auray. Formerly, the chapel and in particular its fountain were very popular. A rare document known as the “notebook of miracles of Saint Quirin” attests to the popularity of the sanctuary. In this register, the pilgrims recorded the fulfillment of their vows, mainly healings.  



The Chapelle Saint Quirin was built in 1676 and features classic rural architecture The saint to whom this chapel is dedicated is uncertain The nearby Saint-Quirin devotional fountain dates from the 17C but was restored in 1890; the granite statue of Saint Quirin was placed next to it in 1998 The Saint-Quirin fountain with its round basin used for ablutions of the sick and two statues of the Virgin and Saint-Quirin in its niche. Brittany is dotted with healing or miraculous fountains. The Saint-Quirin fountain is famous for curing ailments: the “Book of Miracles” of Saint-Quirin attests to this. The chapel is open year-round, every day from 11h to 17h30.


The City of Brech on the Chapelle Saint Quirin:

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 Quirin of Brech,

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

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