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September 25, 2022

Back to the Church Saint Pierre of Languidic !!

I like to take you around into the town of Languidic about 14 km from my house, and came upon some familiar monuments that needed to see more closely. This picturesque town is of course in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne.  The town of Languidic by its surface, the most extensive town of the Morbihan. It is located 35 km from Vannes, department prefecture (capital city), 30 km from Pontivy and 18.5 km from Lorient, sub-prefectures. This time was not meant to visit but passed by so stop in for another look, always nice indeed. 

The Church Saint Pierre was built between 1876 and 1879 and replaces two older buildings. The first was erected around 1329, in roughly the same location. The second was built in the 15C, perhaps in 1453 or 1433. This date is inscribed, in Gothic letters, on one of the beams and outside of the building The church was built at different times, that is why we found inside Romanesque capitals when the whole was in ogival style. Today, the church shelters one of the rare bells of the region prior to the French revolution. “Kolas” or Nicolas dates from 1783 and was not melted because it was used for civil sounding of the bell. The silver chalice and the tin ciborium, respectively from the 17C and 18C. In 1933, a martyrdom was built on Place Général-de-Gaulle.

Languidic ch Saint Pierre belltower sep22

Languidic ch Saint Pierre side sep22

Languidic ch Saint Pierre altar to nave back sep22

The old parish church of Languidic was dedicated to Saint Peter, apostle, and belonged to various eras. The whole was in the ogival style, but there were also Romanesque capitals inside. The new Saint Peter’s Church was built in ogival style with a shape that of a Latin cross. A light and bold arrow carries the cross 54 meters in the air. On entering the church, one finds a vast nave with aisles, lit by two rows of windows, a 30 meter long transept, where the light falls in streams through two large bays, then at the bottom, 56 meters from the entrance door, the polygonal chevet of the apse, pierced by five high lancet windows. In the stained glass windows, which are very remarkable, we see several features of the life of Saint Peter, patron saint of the church. The covering of the high altar is in carved oak. The side altars are dedicated to the Sacred Heart and to Saint Joseph, to the Blessed Virgin and to Saint Anne.

Languidic ch Saint Pierre altar sep22

Languidic ch Saint Pierre chapel St Pierre sep22

Languidic ch Saint Pierre chapel virgin et Christ sep22

Languidic ch Saint Pierre pulpit front sep22

There is a nice  Fontaine des Saisons or seasons fountain ,Place du Général de Gaulle by the church.

Languidic fontaine four seasons pl gen de gaulle sep22

The city of Languidic presentation but not the church sadly:

The Lorient South Brittany tourist office on Languidic

There you go folks, another nice gem of my beautiful Morbihan that does not stop to amaze me for its beauty whether by the coast or inland. Languidic is very near me and worth the detour I said just to see this nice Church Saint Pierre. Hope you have enjoy the post as I.

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

August 29, 2022

I bring you back to Sulniac !

The town of Sulniac is located in my beautiful department 56 of Morbihan, in my lovely region of Bretagne. The bordering towns are Treffléan, Elven ,La Vraie Croix ,Theix, Questembert, Lauzac and Berric , From Vannes you take the road N166 towards Rennes, take the Kerboulard exit, towards Treffléan / Questembert / Redon (D775), then at the Penrho roundabout follow the D183. I am updating an older post and combining it with new pictures taken today to expand on the town of Sulniac, as before had monuments in its village of Le Gorvello. Hope you enjoy the new post as I.

The Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church is a Catholic church located at a village call Le Gorvello,part of the town of Sulniac. The current church replaces the primitive chapel at the beginning of the 16C built by the hospital monks. The church has been remodeled several times, Le Gorvello is a hamlet straddling the towns of Theix-Noyalo and Sulniac. The hamlet is located at the intersection of the departmental roads D7 and D183, equal distance from Theix, Sulniac, Berric, La Trinité-Surzur and Lauzach. It is about 15 km from Vannes. In the 12C, Le Gorvello housed a Chaplaincy, belonging to the Templars, which cared for the poor, the sick and the lepers. At the dissolution of the order of the Templars, in 1312, the parish was passed under the control of the Bishop of Vannes. The Church of St. John the Baptist is built from 1523 to replace the chapel of the Templars.

Sulniac ch Saint Jean Baptiste front porch aug22

The Church of St. John the Baptist it’s a T-shaped Church, the nave barely detached from the two arms of the transept. At the bedside, large glass canopy with moldings. To the south transept, mulled window ,and in  the north transept, wooded window . The west entrance gable is adorned with a bay in a basket handle with pinnacles, braces and flop work. The gable is crowned by a small campanile with double compartment, frontings, all in granite. On the north façade, the nave bay is adjacent, adorned and protected by a porch made up of a circular granite arch. The buttresses of the bedside and the north transept present a superposition of cylindrical and prismatic parts.

Sulniac ch Saint Jean Baptiste front arch porch aug22

The present Church of St John the Baptist , the nave is covered with a frame, which has abundant inscriptions. In 1547, a chapel was added.  In 1560, a porch and a second chapel are added. The Church is open, on its western gable, by a door in a basket-loop, with multiple moldings, under a brace bearing a high jewel. The buttresses that surround it are decorated with flaming pinnacles. The Church houses the statues of St. Mark and St. Isidore, the Patron Saint of the Laborers.

Sulniac ch Saint Jean Baptiste back aug22

The Saint-Pierre Church (12-20C) is in city center/downtown Sulniac. The church was almost completely rebuilt in the 19C and then in 1948-49 following a fire. Only the transept crossing remains of the Romanesque church. Its semicircular arcades were recut in tiers-point after the 1948 fire. They rest on complex piers with engaged columns and sculpted Romanesque capitals.

Sulniac ch Saint Pierre side left aug22

Sulniac ch Saint Pierre side right aug22

Sulniac ch Saint Pierre back aug22

Other things to see in Sulniac jurisdiction are:

The Sulniac Cemetery Cross is a banner cross erected in the town of Sulniac, The place de l’église to the apse of the church, The Saint-Jean-Baptiste fountain is located at the hamlet of Le Gorvello The steeple placed on a pedestal houses a statuette of St Vincent Ferrier, apostle of the country of Vannes in the 15C.  The castle of Ferrières is located overhanging the Ferrières stream, about 500 meters north of the hamlet of Kerhouarn, 2.4 km from the town center of La Vraie-Croix, 3.6 km from the town center of Sulniac and 5.3 km from the town center of Questembert. The castle is built in the Louis XIII style and in local granite. Of the original castle, only a few carved granite openings remain, an armored pennon and carved chimneys. Rampants with chevronière and acroterion are also present on the western facade.

Also, as have a recent post and others, here is the home of the Distillerie du Gorvello, A small family farm specializing in the cultivation of cider apple trees , and ciders of course.

Sulniac Cidrerie de Gorvello showroom front closed aug22

The town of Sulniac on its heritage

The Gulf of Morbihan local tourist office on Sulniac

There you go folks , some more interesting trips off the beaten path in my beautiful Morbihan; and is not over yet!! Plenty more to see and do here. For now ,enjoy the Sulniac town and hamlets !

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

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