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January 25, 2023

Sublime Sainte Anne d’Auray !!!

We passed again by Sainte Anne d’Auray often , many times in the week, this is where the Basilica of Sainte Anne (see posts)  is located,in my beautiful Morbihan, and my lovely Bretagne and of course my belle France. I have written before of the whole complex but this one always attracted my attention and would like to tell you again with new pictures. By the way, the town is only 10 km from my house. Hope you enjoy it as I.

Saint Anne d'Auray Basilica Sainte Anne front jan23

Passing by a back road around the basilica you can see the Pont er Groah, coming off the D102 road,  a nice housing type windmills way back in the sanctuary that is actually an open air theater !!  The open air theater in the Basilica de Sainte-Anne d’Auray shows a 2 hours huge spectacle with more than 200 actors and figures in costumes of the times with farm animals, carts, and carriages in the recontructed village of Ker Anna of the 17C recounting the apparitions of Sainte-Anne (the mother of the Virgin Mary and grandmother of Jesus) to a humble Breton farmer Yvon Nicolazic. She is now the patron saint of Brittany, and the third biggest pilgrimage in France.

The Basilica of Sainte Anne is a wonderful religious complex with monuments all over the park, Especially unique is the area where Pope John Paul II visited in 1996.  You will find the monument plaque to Pope John Paul II visit in September 26 1996. It is made exactly 16,129 blocks offered by the pilgrims. It is surrounded by 12 granite columns, recalling that these are the twelve bishops of the twelve dioceses of the ecclesiastical region of western France who invited the Pope to come to this region: Angers, Bayeux, Coutances, Laval, Le Mans, Luzon, Nantes, Quimper, Rennes, St. Brieuc, Sees, Vannes. There is a figure stele bearing the image of John Paul II. A graph is drawn on the tiles. It represents a globe, a cross, a fish: the globe is the whole world to which Christ came to bring the good news, the cross, which crosses the earth, reminds us that it is in his blood that Christ saved the world, the fish takes us back to the early days of the Church, it is the sign of recognition of the first Christians, .A large Crucifix with a truly impressive carving of Christ. Beyond the espace John Paul II.

Saint Anne d'Auray Pope John Paull II visit memorial jan23

 You see the baptismal miracle fountain , the place of the first prayer and statue of Sainte Anne right coming straight to the Basilica. By choosing the fountain as a place of its first appearance, Sainte. Anne reminds us of the importance of  the source of water, but above the water of baptism: as water is essential to our lives, baptism is essential to grow in faith. The water of baptism makes us children of God and Sainte. Anne, by appearing at the fountain, invites us to return to our baptismal promises.

Saint Anne d'Auray mon Sainte Anne baptismal miracle fountain parvis basilica jan23

The Memorial of the Great War (WWI) was built from 1922 to 1932 by the five dioceses of Brittany to keep the memory of the 240 000 Bretons victims of WWI; The monument is of 52 meters high and 12 meters in diameter.  With  new  conflicts that  have  grieving  the country since 1932, a mausoleum has been placed in the center of the crypt, dedicated to all the dead of all wars. The symbolic tombs of the sailor and the missing infantryman, are guarded by Saint Michael, a patron Saint of France, and Saint Yves, a patron Saint of Brittany.

Saint Anne d'Auray mon to Bretons front jan23

The Scala Sancta is in the Christian tradition, the staircase of the palace or Praetorium of Jerusalem climbed by Jesus Christ during his Passion (during his Judgment by Pontius Pilate) to reach the Praetorium of Pontius Pilate who decided on his crucifixion. Tradition has it that pilgrims climb its steps on their knees, praying and meditating on the Passion of the Lord. It is two staircases that meet in the middle, where stands out like a small chapel: that’s it! The object of the ritual is to climb the stairs on your knees as a sign of penance, reciting the Rosary or meditating on the mysteries of the Passion of Our Lord. 

Saint Anne d'Auray scala santa prayer sainte anne jan23

The granite statue of St. Anne and Mary, both crowned. The monumental statue with Anne is having Mary read the Bible.

Saint Anne d'Auray statue Monumentale Sainte Anne et fille back jan23

A steele or stone calvary in memory of all sailors right along the wall of the memorial of the Great War.

Saint Anne d'Auray Stèle des marins Sainte Anne back field jan23

The Saint-Joachim’s Oratory is a place for perpetual prayers, it is next to the basilica and attach to the bathrooms, a small pretty space of prayers that is open 24 hrs 7/7.

Saint Anne d'Auray oratoire sainte anne outside jan23

Saint Anne d'Auray oratoire sainte anne inside jan23

The official Sanctuary of Sainte Anne

The city of Sainte Anne d’Auray on the religious heritage :

The official Yvon Nicolazic home on the episode of miracle of lights on him seeing the apparition of Sainte Anne  done at Pont er Groah theater :

The  local Bay of Quiberon tourist office on Sainte Anne d’Auray :

There you go folks, a dandy revered spot near me in spiritually imposing Sainte Anne d’Auray. The place is worth the detour if not for the religion for the history and architecture of my beautiful Morbihan ; it sits in a nice wooded area, to right along the main road D17/19 to Vannes and from my Pluvigner, Indeed Sainte Anne d’Auray is awesome, me think. Again, hope you enjoy it as I.

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

January 25, 2023

More on the Basilica Church Notre Dame de la Joie of Pontivy !!

This is a nice town of Pontivy up the road from us and we have visited plenty of course, even one my sons worked ! So many interesting things to see and one that is a must is the Basilica Notre Dame de la Joie of Pontivy! I like to tell you more as found older pictures not in my blog yet and they should. Again, not much on text as plenty on it in my blog already but just to show you new pictures for the blog.  Hope you enjoy the post as I.


Pontivy ch ND de la Joie left side belltower feb20

I bring you to the Basilica Church Notre Dame de la Joie of Pontivy. We only live about 40 minutes from here by car.  The church is at Place Bourdonnay-du-Clézio . Built in the style neo gothic flamboyant,the statues of  Notre-Dame de la Joie, sculpture in a trunk of oak wood and of  Notre-Dame de la Délivrance, revered by the pregnant women are two wonderful sights to see inside.

pontivy ch ND de la joie side feb20

pontivy ch ND de la joie altar closeup feb20


The Notre-Dame-de-la-Joie Basilica (b. Church 1534), is located in the center of the medieval town of Pontivy. It is the old Saint-Ivy church, started in 1534 and dedicated to Notre-Dame in 1696. The church was consecrated basilica in 1959.  This building, rebuilt in the 16C in the shape of a Latin cross, with a nave with three vessels and flanked by aisles in the nave, measures 45 meters by 18 meters approximately.

pontivy ch ND de la joie chapel ND virgin feb20

pontivy ch ND de la joie chapel of Christ feb20

pontivy ch ND de joie baptismal chapel feb20

The Parish of Pontivy on the Basilica :

The Morbihan dept 56 Tourist Board on the Basilica Church Notre Dame de la Joie:

The Bretagne region Tourist Board on Pontivy:

There you go folks, a dandy in my beautiful Morbihan and lovely Bretagne. Hope you enjoy the post and do come to see the wonderful Basilica Church of Our Lady of Joy in city center Pontivy.

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

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January 25, 2023

More on the Church Saint Joseph of Pontivy !!

I am again telling you of my beautiful Morbihan  in my lovely Bretagne. Again, I have written several posts on Pontivy and mentioned this church but found me new older pictures and feel they should be in my blog. I will tell you a bit more including the new pictures on the Imperial Church Saint Joseph of Pontivy. Hope you enjoy it as I.

pontivy ch imp st joseph bell tower feb20

The Church of St. Joseph is located on Rue Nationale, it was built in the heart of the Napoleonic district of the city (city was known as Napoleonville) between 1863 and 1867, thanks to an imperial grant granted by self name Emperor Napoleon III during a visit to the city. As the Imperial subsidy was exhausted on that date, the work was interrupted and the Church remained unfinished. This Church is open in Summer, so check schedules with the tourist office for opening dates and hours. Inside photos are not allowed.


pontivy ch imp st joseph side feb20

The arms of the self name Emperor Napoleon III are inlaid on the stained glass of the eastern arm of the transept, on the keystone of the apse of the Choir and under the railing of the bell tower-steeple outside. The elements that form the coats of arms are: the Crown, the Imperial mantle, and the signs of the sovereign authority such as the scepter and the hand of righteousness; the Eagle is still present because it symbolizes the military victories and the necklace of the Legion of honour. The “E” of the Empress Eugenie (of Spain) and the “N” of Napoleon III are located in the center of the stained glass of the west arm of the transept and on the floor of the Choir, topped by the Imperial Crown and surrounded by bees, as well as in the center of the west arm of the transept. The bee symbolizes immortality and resurrection and creates a bond also between the Empire and the origins of France.


pontivy ch imp st joseph right side feb20

I have written a full article post on the Imperial Church Saint Joseph, so really not much else, this post is to show you the pictures of it not yet posted on the previous post, Enjoy them as I do and always looking forward to go inside eventually.

pontivy ch imp st joseph back chevet feb20

The Parish of Pontivy on the St Joseph Church :

The City of Pontivy on the church in pdf format file

The Morbihan dept 56 tourist office on St Joseph Church in Pontivy:

There you go folks, another nice stop in your route of Bretagne ,and especially my dear home dept 56 of Morbihan. The Imperial Church Saint Joseph of Pontivy is worth the detour to see it. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I

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

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January 25, 2023

What about a hospital in Pontivy !

Ok I am not going there yet, and hopefully you neither, but what about a hospital in Pontivy ! There are sometimes wonderful historical buildings we passed by it every day without much realising this. I know there are many, but this one caught my eye in wonderful Pontivy and would like to update the post for you and me. I like to tell you a bit on the hospital of Pontivy that always struck me when walking by it along the Blavet river (see post). Hope you enjoy the curiosity of mine and the off the beaten path site on the Hospital of Pontivy !

pontivy hospital across blavet river feb20

There was an older hospital here going back to the early 1800’s when Napoléon I was around and the town was call Napoléonville! In November 9, 1804 it received the name of Napoléonville.  All is arranged to make this a model city with new architecture whereby the first stone was put on August 12 1807 in his presence. The town ask to be called Bourbonville after the first Restauration 1814-1815 (monarchy), and takes the name of Pontivy after the return of king Louis XVIII, later it comes back to be called  Napoléonville under Napoléon III. From  1870 the town regained the current name of Pontivy. Which of course in Breton is Pondi.

In August 2013: Pontivy Communité  (the metro area of Pontivy) acquires part of the old Pontivy hospital at place Ernest Jan and installs its administrative headquarters there.  January 1, 2017: Pontivy Communité has 25 towns for nearly 47,300 inhabitants. Its central city, Pontivy, has nearly 15,000.  The Centre hospitalier du Center Bretagne (CHCB) is a hospital center in Morbihan and Côtes-d’Armor, before becoming the Centre Hospitalier du Center Bretagne, the CHCB was 3 different entities: the Pontivy hospital, the Loudéac hospital and the Plémet Rehabilitation Center.

pontivy hospital front across blavet river feb20

The official new hospital on visitors info

The Pontivy communité tourist office on things to do/see :

There you go folks, from an emperor to a king and a town then a metro area this is in short the Pontivy hospital.  A grand architecture still can be seen along the Blavet river. Hope uou enjoy the curiosity of it as I!

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

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