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February 14, 2023

The monuments of Quimperlé !!!

In my latest road warrior rounds of my lovely Bretagne, I came back to wonderful Quimperlé, I have written plenty on this nice town, but took new pictures and therefore a new post on my favorite monuments of Quimperlé !!! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

The Abbey Church of Sainte Croix (see posts) It the most prestigious monument of the city of Quimperlé, an abbey founded in the 11C by the Count de Cornouaille, Alain Canhiart following a miraculous cure. 

Quimperle abbey Sainte Croix chevet back feb23

The Chapelle des Ursulines  (see post) or the Ursulines Chapel  , This is ,also known as the Chapelle de Notre Dame des Sept Douleurs or Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows Chapel. This Jesuit cum baroque-style chapel which was part of a 17C convent boasts a magnificent roof gilded with gold leaves. In 1946, they regained their function as a public school and now house the Collége Jules Ferry (middle school). The former conventual church, owned by the City of Quimperlé, has served as an exhibition space since 1996.

Quimperle chapelle des Ursulines front feb23

Quimperle chapelle des Ursulines side feb23

The presidial (see post) was a building built in 1653, on the model of the neighbouring house (on the left of it) , on the ground floor, the crowd (covered market) and, upstairs, the town community and the sénéchaussée (Royal Court).  The historical Le Présidial, the building mostly gone now only is left with a front . From the visual stairs shown you went into a terrace that give to the first floor, where the justice audience was carry out ,at the end of this salle or room you had two doors communicating to allow exchanges with the municipal elected officials . The found guilty were enclosed in the building next to the stairs that served as municipal prison.  The Hall survived in the ground floor  until 1829.  The “présidial” served temporaly as a prison until 1868  It has now house art expositions organise by the city of  Quimperlé.

Quimperle Presidial Rue Brémond d'Ars feb23

The ruins of the former church of Saint Colomban, (see post) there since the 6C!!! with a Celtic monastery following the rules of Irish Saint Colomban. Destroyed by the Vikings in 878. Some claimed to have been renovated by the year 1000 and on the 13C a great Gothic church long of 50 meters was built. It still can be seen a piece from this period by the wall of the altar with sculptures and a facade renovated from the 15C. church of the lower city or basse ville it comes into diehard times and to ruins for lack of maintenance in early 19C. The modern cinema is there now in the old altar of the church now name Cinema La Bobine.

Quimperle former ch St Colomban ruins Rue Brémond d'Ars feb23

The covered market or Les Halles of Quimperlé is very nice indeed. They are open Friday mornings in Pl St Michel and Sunday mornings in Pl Hervo. Sunday they are open from 8h to 13h all year at Pl Hervo and Fridays 8h to 13h all year at Pl St Michel. See my post on them.

Quimperle halles covered market side feb23

The local Quimperlé Terre Océane tourist office on the heritage of Quimperlé:

There you go folks, another dandy run to wonderful Quimperlé , amazing architecture and history all over, we love it, Again, hope you have enjoy this post on the monuments of Quimperlé as I

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

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February 14, 2023

Again, more of the Church Notre Dame de l’Assomption of Quimperlé !!

And I come back to the Finistére in my lovely Bretagne to tell you about another gem that needs another and another visit me think. I like to tell you again about the Church Notre Dame de l’Assomption or St Michel in Quimperlé. Its once again in my road warrior mode that I came back to this wonderful fortified city. I have written before on the church,see posts, but this is new text and pictures of today. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Quimperle Ch Notre Dame de l'Assomption belltower front feb23

Quimperle Ch Notre Dame de l'Assomption front belltower feb23

The Notre Dame of the Assumption Church was begun in the 13C, whose choir, side porches and tower date from the 15C. The nave retains its original layout. The southern porch is lined inside with ornate niches. The north porch is divided by two twin arcades supported on a pillar which supports a stoup and crowned by a canopy. The tympanum of the large arcade is carved with escutcheons and the gable decorated with crossettes. The south and north porches are surmounted by a bedroom accessible by a side staircase. They are rebuilt at the beginning  of the 15C  by the patronage of  Duke Jean V, it is a fine example of the flamboyant Gothic style, which met with great success in Brittany.

Quimperle Ch Notre Dame de l'Assomption nave to altar feb23

Quimperle Ch Notre Dame de l'Assomption organ back wall feb23

The Notre Dame of the Assumption Church retains the oldest dated sand pits in Brittany from1430 as well as a rich statue of the Virgin. This church is a Gothic style located on Place Saint Michel. It was built in two phases ,and in 1373, the church was ruined by Du Guesclin. Of the first chapel, built at the end of the 13C, only the nave remains. The church was completely rebuilt in the 15C and recently underwent major restoration. The bell tower can be visited freely in small groups. From the top of the tower, a 360° panorama is offered to the city, allowing the discovery of the City under an unexpected light and invisible from the street. The choir, the side porches and the tower date from the 15C. The nave retains its original layout. The southern porch is lined inside with ornate niches. Outside, an astonishing Nursing Virgin in polychrome stone.

The parrish of Quimperle on the church

The local Quimperlé Terre Océane tourist office on the heritage of Quimperlé:

There you go folks, a lovely Church Notre Dame de l’Assomption or also call of St Michel by the locals. It is worth the detour to pretty Quimperlé , check my other posts on the city worth the visit in my lovely Bretagne. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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February 14, 2023

Curiosities of Quimper !!!

One of my favorite cities in my lovely region of Bretagne. Of course, I have written several posts on it in my blog, but fell that more is needed, On my last visit this week gathered additional pictures for my blog, These are curiosities of Quimper, and I hope you enjoy them as I.

The Lycée Auguste Brizeux or high school at 6 rue Bourg-les-Bourgs in Quimper has a history linked to the development of female secondary education: Catholic first of all; secular, then, after the law of separation of Church and State and the appropriation by the city of the land and buildings of the institution of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart. The Sisters of the Sacred Heart, a congregation which devoted itself to the education of young girls, had settled in 1817 on the land of the Capuchin convent, sold as national property in 1791. The buildings in whose possession of the town were built between 1853 and 1866 , It became a high school (lycée) in 1920 and took the name of the poet Auguste Brizeux. During WWII, the school was successively a French and then a German military hospital The school took possession of the premises after the war, in premises which were not strictly speaking damaged, but which were at the same time dilapidated, and cramped, It is a huge property and now fully into a high school unisex !

Quimper Lycée Brizeux front 6 rue Bourg-les-Bourgs feb23

The Diocese of Quimper and Léon is a territorial circumscription of the Catholic Church in France, covering the department of Finistère (29). The diocese of Quimper was erected in the 5C by Saint Corentin, one of the seven founding saints of Brittany. Its territory, the Diocese of Cornwall, then corresponds to the country of Cornwall. Until the French revolution, it was one of the nine dioceses of historic Brittany. Leon was then an independent diocese. On November 29, 1801, the Breton dioceses were reorganized to correspond to departmental boundaries under the concordat regime (reconciliation after the revolution). The diocese of Cornouaille or Cornwall lost a significant part of its eastern part to the benefit of the diocese of Vannes and the new diocese of Saint-Brieuc and Tréguier, but on the other hand it was granted the diocese of Saint-Pol-de-Léon and part of the the former diocese of Tréguier, thus forming the current diocese. It was in 1853 that the diocese included the term Léon in its name, in reference to the diocese that it absorbed during the concordat. The denomination becomes that which is still in force today: the diocese of Quimper and Léon.  The official Parrish of Quimper et Léon :

The Théâtre de Cornouaille, (see post)  for the national scene is a more modern theater.  This is the theater of the city, with full activities in a wonderful location, next to parking tour d’Auvergne , and at the entrance to rue Saint Mathieu to inner city center. The theater front door is at Esplanade François Mitterrand.

Quimper theatre de Cornouaille front feb23

Quimper theatre de Cornouaille back feb23

And as we like to park by the rue Saint Mathieu to see the church and the theater first and then walk into City center, we or I saw a mangas store ! Oh well my sons are avid fans and they got in saw like and came out with over 100 euros of books and figurines lol ! Dad again help hehehe ! Well this was a find as they have their favorite store in Vannes which is also in Quimper and they visited as well, name Japanim, This one is Kokoro No Mangas right in 19 rue Saint Mathieu and a very friendly service finding all they missed ! So an address to note for future visits huh ! See my sons going in and inside store! Their Facebook page :

Quimper Kokoro no Manga rue saint mathieu feb23

Quimper Kokoro no Manga rue Saint Mathieu my boys feb23

Bar Des Amis at 18 Rue Astor ,Quimper, We decided to have a quick lunch here, They do the catering based on fresh and seasonal products, .Aperitif from 18h to…: Planches & Tapas, Breton beers on tap, selection of wines by the glass.Terrace with 50 seats, sunshine all day long. Outdoor concerts from April to October. This little old-fashioned bar, facing south, enjoys one of the best hours of sunshine in the city. It is located in a strategic location, across from the halles St François or covered market. It very regularly broadcasts the best European football and rugby matches. Very prompt friendly service we shall return, Their Facebook page:

The RestaurantGuru reviews on the Bar des Amis

Quimper le Bar des Amis front lunch feb23

Quimper le Bar des Amis terrace to halles lunch feb23

We skip the coffees here as we saw just across the wonderful Columbus Café we enjoyed so much in Vannes, so of course, we had our coffees here café mocha pour moi svp, A nice finish, the resto here is at 1 rue Astor, webpage :

Quimper Columbus Cafe 1 Rue Astor coffees feb23

The city of Quimper on its heritage

There you go folks , a very nice worthwhile City to visit me think, This is wonderful Quimper. You do well to visit it and enjoy the curiosities of Quimper post as I

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

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