A chapel and a church in Josselin !

One more trip into inland Morbihan, and needed to take these out and do a separate post on them, well merité me think. This was another great experience, I surely will be back eventually, and recommend to all my followers/readers. Josselin is a castle of history and beauty, and a Canal of historic proportions, plus the quaint streets of a beautiful town. Of course, also, let me tell you about the Chapelle de la Congregation and the Church Saint Martin of Josselin! 

The Chapelle de Bénédictins aka de la Congrégation has a weird destiny after been built in 1702 , the bishop refuses to consecrated, and it was later used as a cereal depot until 1805. Later, it held public hearings and meetings, then a classroom, and finally a place of exhibitions and works of arts exhibitions as today.


josselin chapelle de la congregation painting and sculpture aug12
The Chapelle de la Congrégation as it is better known is against the park of the Château des Rohan,at the place de la Congrégation. The story goes that the Congregation of the Mission, founded in 1625 in Paris by Saint Vincent de Paul , is made up of members, brothers or priests, called Lazarists. The chapel was abandoned during the French revolution, sold as national property, it served as a granary until 1805. Then public meetings and conscription councils were held there. During WWII, it was used as a classroom. You can see a painting the “Martyrdom of Saint John” painted in 1763 representing the torture of Saint John the Evangelist in Rome. Pulled by a rope before being thrown into a cauldron filled with boiling oil.


You have the old and wonderful Church and parish of Saint Martin, it was dependant on a parish founded in 1105 , and became parish church by 1400.  It was renovated in the 17C, the nave was destroyed in the 19C, a chapel was build in its place. It has an important breton roman architecture on the benedictine plan. Just outside there is a big camping car parking for free with all facilities.  Originally, it was a church with a typical Benedictine plan. It has a high and wide nave, a transept with braces, the choir with a semicircular apse flanked by two apsidioles with two other apsidioles opening onto the arms of the transept. The original apse was transformed into a polygonal chevet at the end of the 16C, beginning of the 17C, A chapel was erected on the site of the nave, forming a false transept with the chevet.

josselin ch St Martin afar aug12

The City of Josselin on the chapelhttps://www.josselin.com/vivre/culture-sport-patrimoine/reserver-une-salle/chapelle-de-congregation/

The City of Josselin on its heritage :https://www.josselin.com/decouvrir/visiter-josselin/

The Brocéliande vacances regional tourist office on Josselin: https://www.broceliande-vacances.com/en/discover/our-must-haves/the-canal-from-nantes-to-brest/the-towns-and-villages-along-the-canal/josselin-a-thousand-year-old-city/

There you go folks, a very nice old town with wonderful streets to dwell on for years near the forest of Brocéliande of Arthur and the Round Table leyend, you too can dream here. Visit beautiful Josselin and do stop by the chapel and the church worth the detour for its historical value. Hope you have enjoy the post as I

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

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