The former Chapelle Notre Dame des Orties of Pluvigner !!

My town ,my loving Pluvigner. Most write about far away lands we visit but seldom about the one we live in, I have lived in 5 countries and citizen of 4, having visited 81 so far and all have an impact on my life, Needless, to say the meaning of Pluvigner is big on my family, I like to tell you more of a monument just briefly mentioned in previous post and deserves a post of its own, me think, Let me tell you about the former Chapelle Notre Dame des Orties of my quant Pluvigner, Hope you enjoy the post as I.

The former Notre-Dame des Orties Chapel is in the town of Pluvigner in my beautiful Morbihan, and in my lovely Bretagne. In 1801 Pope Pius VII granted the chapel a jubilee which could be won on the first Sunday in July. The chapel was invoked against rheumatism. It stood next to the parish Church Saint Guigner ,(see posts), and even communicated with it, at the level of the sacristy. These are called double churches.

plu chapelle ND des Orties next to St Guigner apr21

The former Chapelle Notre Dame des Orties , there remains the crossing of the transept dating from the first quarter of the 15C; that is to say, a triple arcade on the nave side, three other simple ones which overlooked the choir and the wings in broken arch, with double roller. These arcades rest on columns with capitals which are engaged in piles. On the south side remains a base, supporting a column, where a sculpted mask and a bust figure appear. The walls of the choir contained the remains of an 11C Romanesque church. The chapel was demolished in the early 1960s, for lack of sufficient funds to restore it but also because of the significant risk of collapse. The chapel was in the shape of a Latin cross. It consisted of a nave, a transept and a flat apse. A sandpit bearing the date of 1426 was in the choir. We also know that four crests decorated the east gable. Previously, an ossuary took place between the chapel and the parish church. The chapel once contained a high altar and in the south transept, a curved wooden altar.


The old parts of the chapel date back to Romanesque times. The former Chapelle Notre Dame des Orties was enlarged twice, around the 14C and 15C. The chapel is made up of two distinct parts separated by a section of transverse wall pierced by three ogival openings. The choir and its surroundings are the oldest part. The square bedside opens with a flamboyant window. The nave belongs to the 15C. During the reconstruction of the 15C, the nave was separated from the square of the transept by three arcades in tiers-point, one large and two small, with double scroll, carried on cylindrical piles restored at the beginning of the 20C. Each transept was also separated from the square by a similar arch. The exterior decoration was quite simple, in the style of the 15C, and the slopes of the roof are decorated with animals. The chapel is covered with a framework with tie-beams with crocodile heads and roughly carved sand pits.

plu chapelle ND des Oties ruins next to st guigner apr22

According to tradition, a young mute pastourelle, who guarded her flock at a place called Les Orties, saw Our Lady appearing asking her for a lamb. Miraculously the little girl began to speak and replied that she could not give away her lamb without the authorization of her father who lived in the Casal de Sainte Marie. The young pastourelle ran to find her father who was surprised to hear his daughter speak. He told her to act according to the full will of the Lady and so the little girl returned to the place of the apparition to offer the lamb. Marie then asked him to build a chapel in this place. Learning this, the father came to the spot where he found, on a stone and in the middle of the nettles, a statue of Our Lady. He brought it back to the village, but the statue disappeared to return among the nettles. A chapel was built there. Nice.

The City of Pluvigner on the former Chapelle Notre Dame des Orties :

There you go folks , another nice monument in my current and probably last town in our world, Pluvigner, I have come here even if just ruins now, and it is worth it for those like me who enjoy the history and architecture of a place, Hope you enjoy the post on the former Chapelle Notre Dame des Orties of Pluvigner as I

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

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