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August 11, 2020

Plumelec: Church of Saint Maurice!

So here I am on my road warrior days in the Morbihan. My dept 56 doing all kinds of trips all over wearing mask of course but all out. The views on the roads are wonderful and all is very close to home. So let me bring out these beauties in more details and with new pictures. Hope you enjoy my routing on these wonderful monuments of my Bretagne!

I like to tell you more on the Church of Saint Maurice in Prumelec.

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Plumelec has as neighboring towns are Billio, Saint Jean Brevelay; Cruguel, Lizioi, Sérent, Plaudren, and Trédion. And only 23 km from Vannes.

The town of Plumelec once had two important lordships which played an active role in the history of the Duchy of Brittany: the Callac and the Cadoudal. In 1336, Olivier de Cadoudal created the priory of the Trinitarians. Plumelec and Saint-Aubin were united parishes and depended on the deanery of Porhoët. Saint-Aubin was set up as a branch in 1872. Plumelec took over the Kerangat district to the detriment of Saint-Jean-Brévelay. This saint, who appears to be the same as Saint Mellitus, bishop of London, then archbishop of Canterbury, died in 624. The erection of Plumelec as a parish would therefore be subsequent to this date, unless we suppose the existence from a previous saint. It is very possible, in fact, that the cult of Saint Melech was brought here only by the Bretons who returned from England in 937.

Many cycling races pass or arrive in Plumelec via the Cadoudal hill, which has an average gradient of 6.2% and a drop that goes from 43 to 154 meters over 1.8 km. This is why the most prestigious races retain Plumelec as a place of passage or arrival such as the Tour de France, and the French road cycling championships… Tour de France: 1982 – 9th stage (CLM by team of 69 km ) on July 12, Lorient-Plumelec, victory for the Ti-Raleigh team (Netherlands). 1985 – Prologue (6.8 km CLM) on June 28, Plumelec-Plumelec, victory for Bernard Hinault (France). 1997 – 3rd stage on July 8, Vire-Plumelec, victory for Erik Zabel (Germany). 2008 – 1st stage on July 5th, Brest-Plumelec, victory for Alejandro Valverde (Spain). 2015 – 7th stage (CLM by team of 28 km) July 12, Vannes-Plumelec, victory of the BMC team (United States).

The Church of Saint-Maurice located at a place called Saint-Aubin, on the D174, 5 km from the village. dated 1513 ,. This church is interesting for the sand pits decorated with its rectangular choir, and for its size, which is larger than the rest of the church. This church contains a stained glass window depicting The Trinity, dating from the 16C.

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Built in 1513, the Church of Saint-Maurice replaces the old Saint-Aubin chapel created in 1387 and founded by the lords of Callac. It became a parish in 1872. Since 1985, it no longer has a priest. The rector of Plumelec officiates there. The building includes a nave without aisles, a transept with overhanging braces and a choir with a flat apse higher than the rest of the building. The nave dates from the 15C. The nave has no aisle and the transept is characterized by overhanging braces. The choir is higher than the rest of the building and the apse is flat. The chapel of the baptismal font has replaced the old ossuary dating from 1690. The bell tower is a square tower from the 17C. The framework, worked like lace, is remarkable and rare. The beams and sand pits represent country scenes and the Passion. They end with the shouting gargoyles or a dragon who vomits a dragon who vomits a dragon. Or would it be the other way around: a dragon swallows a dragon who swallows a dragon? An allegory of the political and economic power which destroys the people. Outside, under the south porch, one finds, on the ground, a stele and, embedded in the wall, a font.

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plumelec ch St Maurice pulpit aug20

The town of Plumelec on heritage click on the town name to see a pdf historical of the town heritage in French: City of Plumelec on its heritage

The tourist office of the Central Morbihan on Plumelec   heritage:  tourist office of Central Morbihan on Plumelec heritage

And there you go folks, another roundabout of beauties in my neck of the woods. Always something to see in my lovely Bretagne, just need more time!!! Stay tune there is more, oh yes my Morbihan! Hope you enjoy the post and the series.

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

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August 11, 2020

Plumelin: Church of Saint Mélaine!

So here I am on my road warrior days in the Morbihan. My dept 56 doing all kinds of trips all over wearing mask of course but all out. The views on the roads are wonderful and all is very close to home. So let me bring out these beauties in more details and with new pictures. Hope you enjoy my routing on these wonderful monuments of my Bretagne!

I like to tell you more on the Church of Saint Mélaine in Plumelin.

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The town of Plumelin is located west of Locminé, and is bordered by Moustoir-Ac, La Chapelle-Neuve, Évellys and Moréac. Another anecdote of the family is that we first came to the Morbihan and started looking for a house, we felled in love with one here but realise it was in the middle of the woods far from city center or bourg and the bus stop was one km away so we resisted. The house was built in 2010 was superbe!

Plumelin is an old parish, which dates back to the arrival of the Vikings in Brittany, dedicated to Saint Mélaine the bishop of Rennes in the 5C. In 1791, Plumelin found himself in the middle of an insurgent country, and provided many volunteers to the religious and royal cause, under the leadership of René Le Divy. In 1799, they had more than one opportunity to compete with the Blues (French revolutionaries and as France is known today). In 1801, Plumelin was maintained in the canton of Locminé, arrondissement of Pontivy. When the cult was restored in 1802, it lost the Chapelle-Neuve district, but it recovered in 1808, only to lose it again in 1848, as a branch, and in 1867 as a town. It is on its territory that the Daughters of Jesus, leaving Bignan, established their mother house in 1857. Today Kermaria is a considerable establishment, provided with a beautiful structure.

The Breton emigrants, who came to settle here in the 6C, formed a plou or a parish, and put themselves under the protection of Saint Mélaine, bishop of Rennes, who died in 530. This is where the name comes from current of Plumelin or Plou-Melen. In the 10C, the Normans, who ravaged Locminé, did not have to spare the surroundings, and Plumelin had to have his share of suffering. It was only after their departure that the religious and political restoration of the country began.

The Church of Saint Mélaine has a rotunda chapel to the south of the choir, rebuilt between 1744 and 1759. It is a Latin cross-shaped church with a semi-circular choir. Only the southern brace has retained a large flamboyant third-point window. Its bell tower has the particularity of barely exceeding the roof and, to the south, is grafted a rotunda dating from the Renaissance. The confessionals date from the 18C. The altarpiece of the high altar, dates from 1740 (restored in 1896): two 15C statues, Saint Mélaine and Saint Quidy, surround a painting representing a Descent from the Cross.

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One of the chapels, once dedicated to Saint Michael, is today to the Blessed Virgin; the other is under the name of the Trinity. In 1744, during the reconstruction of the nave, the chapel of Saint-Yves and that of the Trinity were demolished, and the chapel of Saint-Louis was transformed into a sacristy. The altar leaning against the wall of the nave was dedicated to Notre Dame and was in front of the Chapel of the Trinity.

The city of Plumelin on heritage: City of Plumelin on heritage

The tourist office of Central Morbihan on PlumelinTourist office of Central Morbihan on Plumelin

And there you go folks, another roundabout of beauties in my neck of the woods. Always something to see in my lovely Bretagne, just need more time!!! Stay tune there is more, oh yes my Morbihan! Hope you enjoy the post and the series.

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

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August 11, 2020

Moustoir AC: Church of Sainte Barbe!

So here I am on my road warrior days in the Morbihan. My dept 56 doing all kinds of trips all over wearing mask of course but all out. The views on the roads are wonderful and all is very close to home. So let me bring out these beauties in more details and with new pictures. Hope you enjoy my routing on these wonderful monuments of my Bretagne!

I like to tell you more on the Church of Sainte Barbe in Moustoir Ac. Now before I do , let me tell that this was in a dairy farm where I got my lovable borador dog (mix border collier and labrador) Rex!!!!love him dearly!

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The town of Moustoir-Ac is located on the granite heights of the Landes de Lanvaux. It has existed since 1387 when it separated from the former primitive parish of Plumelin. During the Chouannerie (rebels against the French revolution), it became a den for the Chouans who will distinguish themselves thanks to the black shepherd dogs used for intelligence operations.

Around the 11C, a pioneer founded a chapel on the territory of Plumelin which would become that of Moustoir-Ac. Then, a few people came and settle near this monastery. It will soon be known as the Moustoir-Radenac,at the Fern Monastery. In 1387, Moustoir-Ac separated from the former primitive parish of Plumelin. When Locminé was established as a parish, it carved out a territory for itself at the expense of Plumelin only to see itself subsequently amputated by the creation of Moustoir-Ac, whose name shows that it is later as in AC. In the 15C, Moustoir-Radenac, after having long been an independent parish, was united with Locminé and remained so until the French revolution. From 1792 to 1800, during the Chouannerie, the territory of Moustoir-Ac lent itself well to this ambush war, this led many Monasteries to become Chouans. In 1795, the local Chouans retired to Kerninen, a locality in Moustoir-Ac. In 1796, the fighting resumed and in 1797, the fighting stopped for a time. Meanwhile, the local Chouans will train black sheepdogs for intelligence operations. These dogs will bring them such help that the chouans of Moustoir Radenac will be nicknamed “the black dogs of Moustoir” or more commonly the chas or chaj in Breton. This nickname still sticks to the liking of the local people.

On June 28, 1944, at 4h (4 am), around 1,000 soldiers and 47 Nazis armored vehicles, guns and howitzers began to surround the forest. The Nazis fail to close the circle. Some resistance fighters, warned by neighbors, spin through Villeneuve, a locality of Moustoir-Ac. Others stay at the Minio where the battle was taking place, two hours later, the last resistance, an FM gunner, withdraws. Léon Allain, 24, was arrested at the Minio and then deported to Germany where he died in the Neuengamme concentration camp. On September 9, 1960, Charles de Gaulle himself came to pay a solemn tribute to the local martyrs of WWII.

The Church of Sainte-Barbe (Santa Barbara) located in the village will be built in the first half of the 16C. The baptismal chapel dates from the 18C. The altarpiece for the main altar was erected in 1730. The bell tower was erected from 1774 to 1777. The two-story sacristy was built in 1838 as an extension of the choir. The tribune was built in 1852. A 626 kg bell was installed and blessed in 1853. The southern porch dates from 1873. The stained glass windows were installed in 1887. The central niche of the altarpiece has housed a large crucifix since 1904. The slate steeple was renovated in 1926. The main altar was consecrated on March 1, 1964.

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The Church of Sainte Barbe has a Latin cross with a flat apse and a nave without aisles preceded by a bell tower extended by a five-sided sacristy. The tower of the square porch belfry, of neoclassical style and flanked by a staircase turret, rises on four floors delimited by horizontal bands The southern porch, whose sand pits are decorated with masks and fantastic animals, has an arched arch, a holy water font engaged in the masonry, two small twin bays and a wall bench. The door is a basket handle, molded and topped with a curly leaf accolade. The third-point windows have a fleur-de-lis tracery. A cross crowns the spire of the gilded granite bell tower. The 16C crawlers are decorated with vegetable and animal crooks. The roof has a slate steeple. The nave has granite siding and a cradle of paneling. The stained-glass windows are gray from the Fournier workshops in Tours. The sandbox of the choir bears the signature of the Thébault, a family of carpenters from Moustoir-Ac, who made wood for many local chapels The 18C baptismal chapel is closed by a door with wooden skeleton. Its fountain is in black marble. The polychrome altarpiece of the main altar is in white stone. It is composed of a large semicircular arch sheltering a Christ on the Cross flanked by two wings formed of columns framing a statue on a pedestal and supporting an entablature. It is mutilated from its upper floor where the Holy Trinity was enthroned. The main altar, decorated with the Mystic Lamb, is none other than the base of the old mission cross. The statues of the Virgin and of Saint John once framed this cross.

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The Church of Saint Barbe has inside a statue of Saint John the Baptist and the Holy Trinity which frame the niche of the large crucifix. That of Saint John the Baptist, dating from the 16-17C, is in polychrome wood in the right niche of the altarpiece of the choir, standing out against a feigned drapery and a small canopy, and framed by columns. The statue is placed on a small black plinth, itself placed on a high stone pedestal. Saint John the Baptist, dressed in an animal skin, leans on a stick. He is accompanied by the lamb . A statue of Saint Barbara, the patron saint of the parish, is also present.

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The city of Moustoir Ac on heritage: City of Moustoir Ac on heritage

The local tourist office of Central Morbihan on Moustoir Ac Church of Sainte BarbeTourist office Central Morbihan on Moustoir Ac Church

I like to add here a couple of pictures taken as the ones above. One is interesting because it was the former chapelle Notre Dame de Lourdes and now it is incorporated into the Library or Mediathéque of Moustoir Ac. The other is a small calvary on the wall of the church that is very nice me think ,so could not leave it out.

Moustoir ac

moustoir ac

And there you go folks, another roundabout of beauties in my neck of the woods. Always something to see in my lovely Bretagne, just need more time!!! Stay tune there is more, oh yes my Morbihan! Hope you enjoy the post and the series.

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

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August 11, 2020

Ploeren: Church of Saint-Martin!

And continue my tour of traditional Bretagne in my belle France. I am on my road warrior trips in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56. I have written bits and pieces but feels deserves more so here is my new update and photos on the Church of Saint Martin in Ploeren.

Ploeren Ch of Saint Martin ent side aug20

Ploeren

The town of Ploeren sits on the edge of the RN 165 Nantes − Brest expressway, a few minutes from Vannes, surrounded by Plescop, Plougoumelen, Baden, Arradon and Vannes. It is service by the same bus network as Vannes ,the Kiceo on bus lines 10 and 11. Which of course never taken, come here by car always. It is a major crossroad of shopping area which we enjoy coming.

A bit of history I like

Ploeren was long before the French revolution when the noble families of Vannes liked to own a farm which brought in a significant income. Even Nicolas Fouquet, Louis XIV’s superintendent of finances, (Vaux-le-Vicomte non fame) was no exception to the rule. This happened in 1656. In the overhaul after 1789 revolution, Vannes incorporated part of the parish of Ploeren, but to rebalance the territory, Tréoguer and Le Lain ,formerly on the parish of Plougoumelen were integrated into the town. Many local folks engage with Georges Cadoudal (Chouan general who fought the French revolution ,see posts). They risk having their property confiscated or even losing their lives. But whatever ! The list is long of the cultivators taken prisoner. The First Empire saw the state of the town stabilize; of course, as everywhere, everyone is reluctant to conscription. But peace sets in and the town becomes prosperous, although it is rather shabby in appearance with its rutted roads.

During WWII, two military planes, one allied, the other enemy, crashed in the town: on August 12, 1941, a Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4 crashed, killing its pilot; on May 29, 1943, a B-17, the Concho Clipper serial 42-29838 of the 8th US Army Air force 351th Bombardment Group, 509th Bomb Squadron (RQ) crashed causing 4 deaths among the crew members. A ceremony common to the two crashes took place on November 18, 2006 in the presence of Charles B. Woehrle, the last survivor of the crew, and the mayor of Dorum, a town twinned with Ploeren, representing the German pilot.

The one thing to see here is the Church of Saint-Martin from the 15C, enlarged in 1753 and 1776. The church was then modified by successive restorations: by the construction of the North transept in 1834, the South transept in 1838 and the sacristy in 1869. Its bell tower was restored in 1855, 1927 and 1957-1959. The paneling and the choir stalls date from 1831. The church houses the statues of Saint Martin, Saint Joseph and a Virgin of the Congregation (work of Le Brun, 1871). The sculpted Crucifix, located at the end of the choir, seems to date back to the 17C.

Ploeren

Ploeren

The Church of Saint-Martin is under the invocation of Saint Martin, bishop of Tours, whose feast arrives on November 11. It is a church, in the shape of a Latin cross, to which a semblance of a low side towards the north has recently been added. The side chapels are dedicated, one to the Rosary, the other to Saint John the Baptist. The doors are pointed; but the general plan is of the Renaissance, with additions made in 1753. The square tower, is surmounted by a slate spire. The northern chapel, known as the Garo, has two shields painted on glass in its window, namely a silver with two sand fess known as Le Garo; and party to the 1st in green, a fess in silver, and a chief in silver charged with a mallet Gules. In the pavement , you see a tombstone, presenting a large cross, with a sword on one side, and on the other a dagger and a grislier.

Ploeren

The city of  Ploeren on history and heritage: City of Ploeren on its heritage and history

And there you go folks, now i feel better to fully showcase this agglomation town of Auray county which is full of history and pleasant city center enough for a rest stop and see the church monument of Saint Martin in Ploeren.

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

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August 10, 2020

Plescop: Church of Saint Pierre aux Liens!

And continue my tour of traditional Bretagne in my belle France. I am on my road warrior trips in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56. I have written bits and pieces but feels deserves more so here is my new update and photos on the Church of Saint Pierre aux Liens in Plescop.

Plescop is surrounded by the towns of Grand-Champ, Meucon, Saint-Avé, Vannes, Ploeren, Pluneret and Plumergat. It is only 6 km from Vannes. The bus service is provided by Kicéo same as the network of Vannes and here served by bus line 8, St-Nolff / Plescop. My boys have taken the bus line 8 quite nice me always by car and again Plescop is a passing town very close to Vannes we do have eaten here at Les Trois Soleils (see post).

A bit of history I like

The bishop of Vannes had a residence there in the site Kérango. The bishops of the diocese of Vannes usually came to stay there in the summer. The Church of Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens parish church is located in the city/town center of Plescop. The oldest parts of this church such as the apse and south wall of the nave date back to the 16C. The rest of the church seems to date from the 18C, with the exception of the sacristy, built in the 19C.

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In general is a 15-16C church which has been altered many times and without architectural character. There is a small stone holy water font dating from 1629. The three altarpieces, in stone and wood, date from the end of the 17C. The altarpiece of the high altar is decorated with a painting representing the Coronation of the Virgin: on either side of the altarpiece are the statues of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, and the whole is surmounted by a Virgin with the Child. The northern altarpiece is surmounted by a Virgin, and the southern altarpiece is surmounted by a woman showing the sky to her son. The Virgin of Pity, in polychrome stone and leaning against the wall of the southern chapel, dates from the 16C. The painting entitled “Vision of Saint Francis of Assisi”, work by Vincent Lhermitais, dates from 1768. Another canvas, located in the north transept, represents the “Descent from the Cross and the Assumption of the Virgin”.

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The Church of Saint Pierre aux Liens parish church is dedicated to Saint Pierre-ès-Liens which marks its day on August 1,and has the shape of a Latin cross. The windows are pointed. In the choir were buried the entrails of Mgr Fagon and Mgr de Bertin. The side altars are dedicated to the Rosary, to Saint Francis of Assisi and to Saint Anne. To the left of the south door, on the outside, is a small stoup with cut sides, embedded in the wall and dated 1629.

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Inside, the church has four 17C stone and marble altarpieces. Its bell tower is made up of a slate spire, tall and slender, accompanied at its birth by four small arrows. Inside the very high-pitched cone, hide the three bells. The bells called to arms, announced the curfew, rang the tocsin, recited the Angelus. Their names are: Anna-Joachim, Maria-Joseph, and Petronilla. The entrance is through the south door and in the porch is a stoup with cutaway, decorated with a rose window and two twists. This font, which bears the date 1629, was once outside and was embedded in the wall.

The city of Plescop on heritage: City of Plescop on heritage

The city of Plescop on tourism information: City of Plescop on tourism information

And there you go folks, now i feel better to fully showcase this agglomation town of Vannes county which is full of history and pleasant city center enough for a rest stop and see the church monument of Saint Pierre aux Liens in Plescop.

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

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August 10, 2020

Pluneret: Church St Pierre et St Paul!

And continue my tour of traditional Bretagne in my belle France. I am on my road warrior trips in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56. I have written bits and pieces but feels deserves more so here is my new update and photos on the Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Pluneret.

Pluneret

Pluneret is close to the coast bounded in the west by the Auray river (le Loch), and to the east by the Riviére du Bono (le Sal) an extention of the Gulf of Morbihan. It is only 15 km from Vannes and 5 km from Sainte Anne d’Auray. The territory is bordered by the towns of Sainte-Anne-d’Auray and Plumergat, as well as Crac’h, Auray and Brech, also, Plescop and Plougoumelen, and finally Le Bono. The village of Sainte-Anne or Keranna, which has long been part of the town of Pluneret, was established as a town apart on February 26, 1950 under the name of Sainte-Anne-d’Auray. It is in what is now Pluneret that Yves Nicolazic was born , the seer of Sainte-Anne of which later a Basilica was built (see post).

Pluneret is very central and we passed by it several times as it comes very near Auray, even if admit not much in city center lately. It is bounded by the expressway N165 / E60, allowing rapid connections to Nantes , Vannes and Lorient and further to Brest. The SNCF Quimper-Paris line ,with passage of the TGV which stops at Auray (and have taken it here), that is to say 5 minutes from Pluneret. The traditional Sainte-Anne de Pluneret train station has long been the arrival station for pilgrims to Sainte-Anne d’Auray, hence the statue that surmounts it. It is served for travelers by the TER Bretagne, line 12 between Lorient and Vannes. The architecture is unique in Brittany. It is one of the few stations in France to be surmounted by a religious statue! The station was built in 1862.

You have a bit of history I like

Pluneret was part of the territory of Vannes and the Senechaussee of Auray. In 1790, it was set up as a town and even as the county seat of the district of Auray, and had in its constituency Plougoumelen and Plumergat. Pluneret, like all the neighboring towns, took part in the Royalist movement. Pluneret passed, in 1800, in the district of Lorient, and lost in 1801 its title of canton, to be part of that of Auray. In 1815, on May 25, the Royalists, gathered at Sainte-Anne, put to flight a column of federates and soldiers from Lorient.

What I came to see is the Church of Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul from the 19C, built on the site of a former 11C church. The old church of Pluneret, whose nave dates back to the first years of the 11C, and the other parts of which date from the 14-15C, was demolished in 1876, to make way for a modern building, in Gothic style, completed in 1885 by the construction of a square bell tower in the same style crowned with a beautiful spire, and also, modern stained glass windows.

Pluneret

Pluneret

The old Church of Saint Pierre and Saint Paul was shaped like a Latin cross and belonged to various eras. The oldest part was the nave, separated from the aisles by five heavy semicircular arches, supported on massive square pillars, without any ornament: it was of primitive Romanesque architecture, probably dating from the 10C, after the expulsion of the Normans. On the four pillars of the intertransept rose a square turret, surmounted by a slate spire. The rest of the building had been retouched in the 15C.

Pluneret

The city of Pluneret on its history: City of Pluneret on its history

The tourist office of the Bay of Quiberon on Pluneret :Tourist office of the Bay of Quiberon on Pluneret

And there you go folks, now i feel better to fully showcase this agglomation town of Auray county which is full of history and pleasant city center enough for a rest stop and see the church monument of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Pluneret.

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

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August 10, 2020

Mériadec: Church Saint Mériadec!

And sticking to my wonderful Morbihan breton no 56 of my lovely Bretagne and in my belle France. I like to take you back again to a village part of a town that I passed every day to work and shopping. Of course, have written before but briefly in my blog.

And now its time to tell you a bit more on Mériadec and its Church of Saint Mériadec!

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The territory of Plumergat, which includes Mériadec which has an almost triangular configuration, is bounded to the north by Brandivy and Pluvigner, to the west by Brech, to the south by Pluneret, to the east by Plescop and Grand-Champ. Mériadec, whose territory extends over the towns of Plumergat and Pluneret,(see posts) was a parish branch of Plumergat. It became a parish in 1912. It is still part of Plumergat.

The chapel dedicated to Saint-Mériadec, bishop of Vannes in 659, located at the current location of the parking park, was built around 1383. Falling into ruin, it was demolished in 1938. The parish church was built in 1913, as Church of Saint Mériadec.

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Mériadec has a long history since parish registers date back to 1607. In the past, Mériadec was famous for its horse fair on April 19, the largest in Morbihan! The Mériadec village was created in 1874 by the Administration with a special assistant responsible for performing the functions of registrar. There have been several attempts to create a town in Mériadec: the last one was in the 1930s.

Today, the western facade of the Church of Saint Mériadec ,still awaits its bell tower, the plan of which had been drawn up by the architect Caubert, but whose funding had been refused by the general council in 1923. The altarpiece-tabernacle from the 17C, in gilded wood, would come from the old Sainte-Anne-d’Auray Chapel. The primitive chapel was a rectangular building, quite archaic, completed in 1383, where one saw some Romanesque windows in semicircular and others in pointed arches. The sand pit of the choir bore an inscription, hardly readable today. A small square steeple covered with slates, stood at the entrance to the choir. To the south was a small square porch, very simple, with a stone bench on either side. The chapel was covered with a rather crude frame and had been enriched with beautiful 17C wooden altarpieces from the Carmelite convent of Sainte-Anne.

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The city of Plumergat on the village of Mériadec in French: City of Plumergat on the village of Mériadec

An interesting story of Saint Mériadec , I like to tell for the history I like

The first name of Mériadec comes from both Latin and Old Breton: Merus in Latin, and iad, in Bretonic meaning  pure sang. This word is still in use in Welsh, although it has fallen into disuse, the synonym tal ,same word as in Breton, being almost exclusively used. It is however attested in the old Welsh dictionaries, so this name is made up of Mer-iad-oc, namely: The one whose forehead is pure.

We find traces of the cult of Saint Mériadec on both sides of the Channel, both in islands of Brittany and in mainland Brittany. He was born either in Great or in little Britain, in one case, he was born in Armorica (old Bretagne name), and would have gone overseas ; a sea that we still call today in Breton Mor Breizh, namely the Sea of ​​Brittany, (just out from the Gulf of Morbihan today) sea ​​which for centuries was more a hyphen than an impenetrable border. According to other traditions, it is the other way around; he was born in Great Britain and later came to Armorica. This is what is recorded in the Beunans Meriasek (life of Mériadec) written in 1504 in insular Cornouailles (Cornwall).

Like many Breton saints, his reputation as a miracle worker and his preaching attracted crowds, so much so that on the death of Hingwethen, Bishop of Vannes, he was chosen clero and populo (by the clergy and the people) as Bishop of Vannes. He is honored mainly at Stival, near Pontivy. He is also patron of Mériadec , in Bieuzy-Lanvaux and Baden, where chapels are dedicated to him, as well as in Saint-Jean-du-Doigt, where part of his skull is preserved. in a very beautiful reliquary.

The house of Rohan, one of the oldest and most powerful families in Brittany, maintains a very intimate relationship with Saint Mériadec, for better or for worse. This recovery of Saint Mériadec by the Rohans comes from a homonymy with the legendary Conan Mériadec, lieutenant of Magnus Maximus, (Macsen Wledig in Welsh) Roman general, who with his Breton legions, took Rome and became ephemeral emperor of the West in 387, having defeated the Emperor Gratian before being overthrown and executed in his turn by Theodosius, Emperor of the East allied to Valentinian II, legitimate Emperor of the West.

The megalomania of Maximus and a good part of the Breton aristocracy, by dragging the Bretons away from their homes and stripping Brittany of its best troops, will precipitate the fall of the Western Roman Empire as well as the invasion. of the island of Brittany by the Anglo-Saxons in the following century. So much so that his grandson, named Arthur, (1187-1203, posthumous son of Constance of Brittany, and of Geoffroy Plantagenêt, Duke of Brittany, brother of Richard Coeur de Lion(Lionhearted) and Jean sans terre (without lands) was considered by his subjects of both sides of the Channel as fulfilling the Arthurian prophecies. It must be said that Henri II was a scholar, a very good connoisseur of history and knew how to use it to unify all the peoples he governed.
The mythical king of the Bretons who is also according to legend, father of Saint Helena, mother of Constantine I, first Christian emperor and ipso facto ancestor of Saint Mériadec. This ancestry is totally fanciful and does not fit chronologically, however.

There you go a nice fanciful story and with many truths to it on the life of Saint Mériadec. I must say I live close to these towns sort of like my living area. Hope you enjoy and do pass by Mériadec on the D19 road !

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

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August 9, 2020

Nostang: Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul!

And I will be around the beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne in my belle France for the next posts. I have look deep into my blog ,and found many posts needed a refresher and just went out to get new pictures! My road warrior template got me going and having a blast with the boys on each town. The Morbihan rocks!!!

I have , also, refresh the text done in previous posts with new information so therefore, a new post. Hope you enjoy my tour of Nostang , and the Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul!

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The parish Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Nostang offers in its Chapel Notre-Dame a mural of the said of the three dead and the three vivid which is a macabre dance: three young gentlemen are arrested in a cemetery by three dead, who recall the brevity of life and the importance of the salvation of their souls. The bell tower was rebuilt in 1951. It is an exquisite church , worth the detour and of course took more pictures!

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The furniture inside the Church of St Pierre et St Paul is of a high quality, as evidenced by the limestone altarpiece at the base of the altarpiece, two doors framing the altar, lead to the sacristy. At the top, three compartments bounded by four Corinthian columns. The curved outer panels are adorned with garlands of flowers that frame the statues of St. Peter and St. Paul. In the center, a painting of Mésanstourm depicts Saint Peter walking on the waters to meet Jesus. The whole is topped with a dentelle entablature. The central panel is crowned with a curvilinear pediment supported by two columns. It is decorated with Angelate on the tympanum and supports an ensemble sculpted such as two Angels half extended before the Trinity, and the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, personified by a dove.

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The arms of the transept welcome two retables. The oldest it consists of a central table framed with twinned columns that support a small triangular pediment. The upper part consists of a niche flanked by columns and foliage, welcoming the statue of the Trinity, all capped with a triangular pediment. This altar is dedicated to the Madonna of the Rosary and the central panel seems to represent the donation of the Rosary to St. Dominic. The south altarpiece knows the same organization although it is contemporary of the three altars. It is dedicated to the Cross, Saint John the Baptist and the Sacred Heart, as evidenced by the statuary. The painting illustrates the agony of Jesus and on the altar of the altarpiece, is laid a bust-reliquary of St. Peter. One should note the presence of particularly interesting statuary: two Trinities, one represented with the Father seated, the other with the representation of the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove and a statue of the Blessed Virgin and Saint Marguerite dating from the 18C whose form is similar to that of boat prowlers. Other elements are of interest are the 17C choir stalls, the presence of a confessional dated 1814, which is unusual, as well as the 19C painted décor of the vault although this practice is widespread.

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The Town of Nostang on its heritage: town of Nostang on its heritage

The Blavet Bellevue Océan agglomeration tourist office on Nostang: The Blavet Bellevue Océan tourist office on Nostang heritage

This is one of those town, you passed every day by it but hardly ever stop. Well have done that for the benefit of my blog and my readers. Nostang is not a tourist town but a stop longer than a rest stop would be recommended for the church. It is historical for sure locally and has nice architecture which I like. Hope it helps.

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

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August 9, 2020

Nostang:Chapelle Notre-Dame de Légevin!

And I will be around the beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne in my belle France for the next posts. I have look deep into my blog ,and found many posts needed a refresher and just went out to get new pictures! My road warrior template got me going and having a blast with the boys on each town. The Morbihan rocks!

I have , also, refresh the text done in previous posts with new information so therefore, a new post. Hope you enjoy my tour of Nostang and the Chappelle Notre Dame de Légevin!

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The Notre-Dame de Légevin Chapel was built in 1570. According to popular tradition, she is considered “the mother of Notre-Dame de Quelven”. You go to the Chapel of Légevin during the Pardon of August 15 to ask for a cure of the fever. The Légevin chapel was built by the Dukes of Brittany for pilgrimages!

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Notre-Dame de Quelven was a pilgrimage center in the 15-16C long before Sainte-Anne d’Auray (17C)(see post). In Nostang, there are two chapels dedicated to Notre Dame or Our Lady of a distance of barely 2 km between them, an unusual geographical configuration. The terroir of Nostang at Laustang came directly under the Dukes of Brittany and not the Rohans. Therefore, Locmaria was intended for Notre-Dame and Légevin was a pilgrimage chapel and its name would be derived from Les-Quelven.

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The Chapel Notre Dame de Légevin was built in the 16C but it underwent important transformations in the 18C. The bell tower collapsed in 1575, probably due to a strong storm. The repair of the bell tower took place in 1702; followed by the installation of the vault and the tribune in 1708 and of the bell tower in 1728. The porch is Gothic. The style of the Chapel of Légevin is situated between the flamboyant Gothic and the Renaissance. The originality and charm of the chapel derives from its steeple sitting on a cantilever with a triple arcade ; and from its polygonal turret which accompanies the steeple to its second floor.(3rd US).

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A major religious celebration is the Pardon Mass celebrated outdoors at 10h30 each August 15, and will bring together the parish towns of Nostang, Sainte-Hélène, Merlevenez and Kervignac. It will be followed by an aperitif and a sale of cakes for the benefit of the Chapel Notre Dame de Légevin, organized by the Committee for the Protection of the Chapel of Légevin in the village of Légevin, town of Nostang.

Yes, the chapel is not in the town of Nostang but belongs to it administravely. You need to get off the N165 expressway from Vannes , direction Lorient , and get off at exit or sortie 37 direction Nostang. Continue on the D33 road to the next village Mané Crapping, you see a Bio farm panel this is Légevin make a left turn into the narrow road until the end, the chapel is on your left can’t missed it. Hope it helps.

The association of friends of the Chapelle Notre Dame de Légevin has more in French: Chapelle Notre Dame de Légevin in Nostang

This is one of those town, you passed every day by it but hardly ever stop. Well have done that for the benefit of my blog and my readers. Nostang is not a tourist town but a stop is worth it if no the pardon day Aug 15 it would be fine. It is historical for sure locally and has nice architecture which I like. Hope it helps.

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

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August 8, 2020

Merlevenez: Church Notre-Dame-de-Joie!

And I will be around the beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne in my belle France for the next posts. I have look deep into my blog ,and found many posts needed a refresher and just went out to get new pictures! My road warrior template got me going and having a blast with the boys on each town. The Morbihan rocks!

I have , also, refresh the text done in previous posts with new information so therefore, a new post. Hope you enjoy my tour of Merlevenez and the Church Notre Dame de Joie!

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The Notre-Dame-de-Joie Church from the 12-15C  of the town of Merlevenez  is one of the most beautiful monuments of Romanesque art in Brittany. It measures 38 meters by 12 meters. It is built on the foundations of a chapel built by the Templars.  The construction began in the 11C and continued in the 12C. Towards the end of the 14C a bell tower was erected on the square of the transept, which was restored in 1533, after being shot by lightning. The structure of the Choir was laid in 1410. Finally, in the 19C, a sacristy was built to the east of the south brace.

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The nave, which comprises five spans, communicates with the aisles by large third-point double-roller arches, resting on cruciform piles, confined to their four sides by engaged columns. The northeast corner of the transept’s north brace is the oldest part of the building, and may date from the first half of the 11C. The square, whose arches and supports are from the 12C, was vaulted in the 14C  by an eight-branched arch of warheads resting on contemporary tubes of supports.  The south brace, which could not be said to have been completed by a chapel like the north brace, presents a curious peculiarity with three arched arches, two of which are blind, against the west wall and supporting a massive masonry protruding on the bare wall, given the impression of a veneer and could have supported a tribune, destined for the organ buffet.  The primitive Choir, from the 11C, probably had to have a straight span completed by a circular apse, but from the 12C it was transformed into a flat-bedded choir, as it is today.

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The outside of the Church Notre Dame de Joie is quite simple. The front with an acute gable, is supported by high, unsealing buttresses, between which opens a porch, plated in the 13C, crowned with a triangular pediment whose entablature is ripped off by the upper part of the archivolt. The southern porch, opening onto the cross brace, cushioned by a straight ledge resting on sculpted modillions. The steeple, which rises on the square of the transept, is one of the prettiest in the region. On a Romanesque style, in the 14C, an opened octagonal floor was elevated to the four cardinal points of twined bays, and decorated on each of the intermediate panels of tri libelous blind armatures. The octagonal arrow that rises above it has been redone after 1533, but on the exact model of the old one. A screw staircase in a polygonal turret climbs up to the tower gallery.

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The nave has three aisles and five barlong plan spans, covered with framework. High arcades with double broken rollers separate the central nave from the aisles which are narrower. The cruciform piles are supported on all four sides by half-columns. The window was equipped with a dome on horns, which remain despite the replacement of the dome by a ribbed vault with eight compartments during the erection of the bell tower. The exceptional series of historiated capitals offers a rich figurative repertoire: hybrid monsters, martyrs, acrobats and wrestlers, hunting scene, vices and punishments.

The town of Merlevenez on the church here: Town of Merlevenez on the Church Notre Dame de Joie

The Blavet Bellevue Océan agglomeration tourist office on the Merlevenez heritage here:  The Blavet Bellevue Océan tourist office on Merlevenez heritage

This is one of those town, you passed every day by it but hardly ever stop. Well have done that for the benefit of my blog and my readers. Merlevenez is not a tourist town but a rest stop would be fine in its city center by the church. It is historical for sure locally and has nice architecture which I like. Hope it helps.

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

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