A re visit to the Church Saint Michel of La Roche Bernard !!

 I have written several posts before but today will bring out a new text and pictures on the wonderful Church Saint Michael or Saint Michel of La Roche Bernard !! This is a wonderful town to visit and we are glad back for the memories of always and the good times. Hope you enjoy this post as I.

la Roche Bernard


la Roche Bernard Ch Saint Michel side right jan23

I always stop by the Church Saint Michael or St Michel.  In 1878, almost in ruins, the old church is replaced by a new one with more space. The church is of course in the square or Place Saint Michel.  The Church Saint-Michel was initially built in 1631 when the son of the famous Duke of Guise decided to build a Catholic church in La Roche-Bernard, which was essentially Protestant at the time. Hesitant between a church and a chapel, the building was reworked many times and, without structure, became fragile. Nothing remains of this 11C church. It was therefore decided in 1874 to build a new one. The church was consecrated on Sunday October 5, 1879. The bell tower was completed in 1882 and it was in 1883 that the three bells offered by wealthy people from La Rochelle were blessed on April 22 1883.

la Roche Bernard Ch Saint Michel back chevet jan23

la Roche Bernard Ch Saint Michel baptismal chapel jan23

The Church Saint Michel is built in the shape of a Latin cross, is remarkable only for its size and the impression of peace it gives off. However, its decorations are really worth the detour, in particular the stained glass windows and the numerous statues. It should also be point out about fifteen classified objects visible by appointment. But the most extraordinary is the large Christ on the cross in the center of the nave. Indeed, it was once in the old church when it was looted in 1791. Dragged down the street, it was thrown into the Vilaine river ,and was found a few kilometers away and hidden for a few years by a peasant who returned it. Finally, the last unexpected treasure is hidden in the bell tower, access to which is regulated by a very strict prefectural decree. It is an important colony of greater mouse-eared bats, a protected species of bats !

la Roche Bernard Ch Saint Michel altar jan23

la Roche Bernard Ch Saint Michel back wall jan23

The city of La Roche Bernard on the Church St Michel: https://www.laroche-bernard.com/annuaire/leglise-saint-michel/

The Damgan La Roche Bernard tourist office on La Roche Bernard: https://www.damgan-larochebernard-tourisme.com/lieux-incontournables/la-roche-bernard-petite-cite-de-caractere/

There you go folks, do come to this lovely port city on the Vilaine river between the new frontiers of Bretagne and Pays de la Loire regions. La Roche Bernard or the rock of Bernard is waiting for you. Again, hope you enjoy the re visit to the Church Saint Michel of La Roche Bernard as I.

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

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2 Comments to “A re visit to the Church Saint Michel of La Roche Bernard !!”

  1. Great Pictures and writing , Good to know about Church St Michel 🙂

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