A church and a chapel at Berné !!!

The town of Berné  is located in my beautiful department 56 of Morbihan and my lovely region of Bretagne and in my belle France. The town is 28 km from Lorient, 32 km from Pontivy, 61 km from Vannes , and 54 km from my house ! This was my initial goal in my latest road warrior drives and a first for this town !; goes to show you have my work cut out to see around here, Let me tell you on this new text and pictures on quant Berné, Hope you enjoy it as I.

The Saint Brévin Church, 16-17C.The parish church owes its name to a former archbishop of Canterbury who died in 762. It bears many dates, the oldest being 1666. The church is in the shape of a Latin cross and the western portal is surmounted by a square tower projection on four brackets with polygonal arrow. It is flanked by four steeples connected by triangular pediments.The lords of Pont-Calleck ( Pontcallec ) had a right of pre-eminence in the church: their arms once appeared on the south chapel and the chevet.

Berné Ch Saint Brévin front feb23

Berné Ch Saint Brévin side entr feb23

The construction of the ossuary in 1774 led to a widening of the western gable wall. The baptismal font dates from the same period, The high altar and the altarpiece date from the 18C. The altarpiece has in its center a flagellation of Christ, surrounded by Saint Peter and Saint Brevin. A Virgin and Child, known as Our Lady of Victory, occupies the top of the altarpiece. The church houses a statue of the Trinity, in polychrome wood, which dates from the 17C, An animal is carved in high relief on the cornice of the sacristy and dates from the 16C.

Berné Ch Saint Brévin altar feb23

Berné Ch Saint Brévin chapel right side feb23

Berné Ch Saint Brévin pulpit feb23

The Chapelle du Sacré-Coeur ,built 1903 on a hill overlooking the town, The Chapel evokes devotion to the Heart of Jesus, which became a symbol of the revolt of the Chouans during the revolutionary era. Its Greek cross shape divides the chapel into four equal parts. In the center, four pillars support four circular arcs on which rests an octagonal dome pierced with sixteen openings. A second cupola rests on the first. At the top, stands a statue of the Sacred Heart of 2.60 meters. The interior houses frescoes which the chapel was closed when we arrived but was able to peek a bit inside,. The ten scenes depicted retrace the history of the chapel and explain the purpose and practices of devotion to the Sacred Heart. An architectural reduction of the Basilica Sacré-Coeur of Montmartre, this chapel is nicknamed the “Breton Montmartre”.We will be back !

Berné Chapelle Sacre Coeur front et niche feb23

Berné Chapelle Sacre Coeur front feb23

Berné Chapelle Sacre Coeur back side feb23

Other things to see in Berné are the Saint-Albaud Chapel, in a flamboyant Gothic style inspired by the Notre-Dame de Kernascléden Church (see post), depended on the lordship of Pontcallec. It was founded at the beginning of the 16C by the lords of Malestroit, who held three fairs there a year. The Château de Pontcallec, 19C, park that can be visited. Built in 1883 on the site of the former feudal residence of the lords of Pontcallec. The castle is now inhabited by the Dominicans of the Holy Spirit, who notably run the Notre-Dame de Joie children’s home. The Sainte-Anne-des-Bois Chapel, built in the heart of the woods in 1865 by the Comtesse de Brissac, then owner of the Château de Pontcallec, in gratitude for the expected birth of a daughter. It is neo-Gothic in style.

A bit of modern history tells us that Berné was the scene of fierce fighting between the Blues (Republicans) and the Chouans (contre revolution). The forest of Pontcallec and its castle were haunts of chouans and the blues hardly dared to venture there, The forges, of which only the buildings remain today, were installed in 1824 in the forest of Pontcallec. They had a brief existence since from 1837 they had to close, victims of competition from Spanish and Russian iron, less expensive than Breton iron.

The town of Berné on its heritage :https://www.berne-morbihan.fr/La-Commune/Decouvrir-Berne/Le-patrimoine/

The Pays du Roi Morvan local tourist office on Berné :https://www.tourismepaysroimorvan.com/en/the-local-towns-and-villages/berne-1013937

There you go folks, another dandy in my beautiful Morbihan and lovely Bretagne, Glad visited ,found ,quant nice Berné ,and tell you about its wonderful monuments, Again, hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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