The Chapelle Notre Dame des Portes of Châteauneuf du Faou !

I went into my road warrior mode in my lovely Bretagne and always a surprise beautiful monument as we need more,,, If Paris is a mouvable feast then France is …well a huge feast and Bretagne its maiden sister! This was my trail visiting the Chapelle Notre Dame des Portes for the first time in the Finistére dept 29 town of Châteauneuf du Faou. I like to instroduce you to this wonderful monument, and hope you enjoy the post as I.


The beauty to see here is the  Notre-Dame des Portes Chapel, combining Neo-Roman and Neo-Gothic styles  dates from 1892. The statue of Notre Dame (Our Lady) was crowned in 1894; the day before the coronation took place the procession of miracles, which took place traditionally every year and ended with an edifying spectacle; the feast of the coronation ended with fireworks and the illumination of the whole city, thirty parishes came with their crosses and their banners the chapel was restored in 1953. The pardon of Notre-Dame- des-Portes, which takes place every penultimate Sunday of August, remains very busy. Paul Sérusier made about 1896 a painting “The pardon of Notre-Dame-des-Portes in Châteauneuf-du-Faou” which is in the Museum of Fine Arts in Quimper.


The Gothic porch of the 15C chapel of Notre Dame des Portes (of doors) is decorated with statuettes, leaves of vines and acanthus, animals and grotesque figures. At the bottom of the right pillar, a magnificent finely carved molded holy water font is found. Lovely and worth the detour.


A bit of history I like

Châteauneuf-du-Faou is bathed by the Aulne river, important Breton coastal river. The existence of the city is attested in 1368 in the cartulary of Quimper. The town is crossed by the national road 164, going from Châteaulin to Montauban-de-Bretagne, towards Rennes.

The old castle, built by an unknown family of Poher, stood on the rocky outcrop overlooking the Aulne and Pont-du-Roy, probably on the site of a former Gaullic oppidum commanding the passage of the river, it was established, moreover, on the edge of the old Roman road of Carhaix at the point of Raz. In 1186, the castle was taken by Guyomarch I and Hervé I de Léon and passed into the hands of the viscounts of Leon as attested by two acts of 1239 and 1275. It was already ruined in 1440 when was built at its site the Chapelle Notre-Dame-des-Portes. Long sections of wall and the base of a corner tower are still visible and being restored.

During the French revolution, the local population was rather hostile to new ideas, supporting for example its refractory priest, L’Haridon. During this time the town temporarily bore the name of Mont-sur-Aulne. In the following years, gatherings of Chouans (rebels against the French revolution) were reported everywhere around Châteauneuf-du-Faou, particularly in Laz. In 1815 again, the town suffered a late but formidable attack of Chouans. Between the two wars, an emigration to the United States began to develop, which began in Roudouallec and spread throughout the Montagne Noire region around Gourin (see post) and Châteauneuf-du-Faou.

The town of Châteauneuf du Faou on the chapel :

The Haute Cornouaille on Châteauneuf du Faou on the chapel :

You will do well to visit Châteauneuf du Faou and see this wonderful monument me think,A visit to the Chapelle Notre Dame des Portes would be nice, Again, hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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