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in place Notre Dame, beautiful small church in a quaint old plaza. near city center. The main church in the city . Pl Notre Dame is a nice quaint area with shops all around the plaza.
This is additional pictures on the main entry of the church on my Auray page.
Written Nov 24, 2012
Address: Pl Notre Dame, Auray
historical building where the remains of those who fought the French revolution are the final resting place. Open in summer and by appointment. From July 1 to August 31 ,14h30 to 17h every day except Tuesdays
A must when in the region, in the commune of Brech,next to Auray
better by car or taxi from train station.
a bit of history from my new area
it was constructed in 1382 in memory of the fighters fallen during the war of succession in Brittany where the toughest battle took place on September 29 1364, saint day of Saint Michel. François II, Duke of Brittany, change the collegiale church into a monastery des Chartreux in 1480, order founded by Saint-Bruno. During the French revolution the Chartreux were expelled. The abbey Gabriel Deshayes, a priest at Auray,bring here in 1812 the daughters of the Sagesse, in charge of teaching the deaf, mutent,and blind. In 1814 under the French restauration the bones remains of the immigrants who were shot to death at the Champ des Martyrs (field of martyrs) in 1795 were transferred here
more on tourist office of Auray
Updated Nov 24, 2012
Address: Brech commune
the Chapelle Saint Esprit,Pl du Four Mollet, with historical facts translated here ” The duke of Brittany Johne II, crowned at Rennes in 1286 appreciated Auray and had built a chapelle du Saint-Sépulcre. It was located at the southeast of the building you see today, and was active still until the 18C housing a tomb chrome of Christ (today at the church of St Gildas). The last mass was held here in 1790,and later under the revolution was use as a military headquarters. IN 1831, it was acquired by the Ministry of War that took the renovation to house the soldiers, the chapel was completely disfigured. She found her original aspect after the renovation in 1994. It houses today each year a exposition of comptemporary arts.”
It was closed the day I took my camera but will be back, I live here, this is a must see to all visiting Auray or nearby.It is open even on Sunday from 15-18h but went got there was close, should be back , I live here lol!
Written Aug 26, 2012
Address: Pl du Four Mollet, Auray
in place Notre Dame, beautiful small church in a quaint old plaza. near city center. The main church in the city and as usual very nice inside. the pl Notre Dame is a nice quaint area with shops all around the plaza.
a bit of history
The church of St Gildas takes its name from a preury of the 12C that depended from the abbey benedictine of the Presqu’île de Rhuys. It was built at the site of this preury starting in 1623 and completed in 1663. The belltower in 3 levels was not done until 1701. You can all the city and serve as a model in the region.
The style is sober with the exception of the two doors of baroque renaissance style. Inside we can admire the tombeau gisard of Christ circa 1520-1550 and an imposing altar retable of marbre from the 17C. The organ of Waltrin is from 1761. The ceiling is decorated with nice wood work.
Updated Aug 26, 2012
Address: place notre dame, Auray
This is my town, and I do walk a lot, meeting with many merchants and needing first arrival services. I must say the friendliness of the people here is incredible. Even the neighbors has come up to knock on our door and present themselves.
So ,therefore, I encourage to come here and walk the city center historical quaint area, there is St Goustan or lower town and then there is the upper town along place de la Republique to place Notre Dame,just wonderful narrow streets and full of shops of all sorts.
Great food items, and creperies galores.
The rue Barre is the main street that brings you to the place de la Republique where my city hall is,and will be there soon for paperwork. the rue Keriolet is whre the biggest parking is ,and very convenient to park my car there and go walk 100 meters to do all my errands.
Really an enjoyable city to walk and mingle. I have the tourist office in contact and here is the city mayor's office site, it has a nice picture of the city lol!
Written Aug 4, 2012
Address: city center
A nice historical church in town.
The church was sacre in 1939 and named after Charles de Blois (pretender to the throne to the duchy of Brittany killed in combat with his rival and cousin, Jean de Montfort ,on September 29,1364). The style is medieval and nice for a time away from the train station at about 100 meters from it.
The Pope Urban V orders a work from 1371 to have the canonisation of Charles de Blois. He is canonise in 1376, but one need to wait until December 14, 1904 for Charles de Blois be admitted as the divine Saint.
Written Jun 12, 2012
Address: 4 Place Léon Chevassu 56400 Auray
yes idylic islands in the Gulf of Morbihan UNESCO world heritage site, there about 12 with 7 vey interesting to see such as
Île aux Moines,Île d'Arz, Houat, Hoêdic, Belle Île Île de Croix
I gave you Auray where I live, but the islands can be visited from several other coastal towns in south Morbihan such as Vannes, Locmariaquer, Quiberon, Port Navalo,and La Trinité sur Mer.
From Auray you leave from St Goustan right by the bank and rest room house, there is a ticket office, then walk on quai Franklin to the embarcadére or launch pad nearest the big bridge you will see Korpluz, contact tel +33 (0) 2 90 92 05 21
the site is www.navix.fr
Written May 13, 2012
Address: embarcadére St Goustan
this is a marvelous gorgeous area of Auray, its the district next to the river Loch that goes into the Golf of Morbihan and Atlantic Ocean.
Here you have a mini city, with shops, restos, bars, churches, artists quarters,antiques, water sports like kayak and canoe, passenger boat to outlying islands in the Gulf. You name it, and it is gorgeous again, a must coming to my area. This is heavens , was there again today, any day i take it there.
Some of the pictures here were taken high in the old castle ruins across the river, so the shots Ithink are marvelous.
The city of Auray site in French
a blog about the district
Written May 8, 2012
Address: pl St Sauveur, St Goustan, Auray
A magnificent castle once stood here, name as early as 1082AD. The castle was sold in auction by king Henri II of France in 1560 after taken by French troops. The castle of Auray was the site of residence of the dukes of Brittany François Ier and his wife Isabeau d’Ecosse or Elizabeth of Scotland in October 30, 1442. It was an strategic fortress, as in September 29 1364 duke of Brittany Jean IV put a siege on it to end the pretentions of the dukedom to his adversary Charles de Blois. the views are wonderful ,recommended.
Now you can meander about its old ruins walls, and breathtaking views over the river Loch and Gulf ,district of St Goustan. The trails is a great exercise and better be in shape to climb it all, very steep.
If you do climb it all will end on the high city of Auray by the stade du Loch, and see the tour du loch monument.
You can ,also, walk below its old walls along the river Loch all the way to the point of the bay, just underneath the bridge of Kerplouz which on it runs the road N165 Nantes-Brest.
no webpage is a castle in ruins lol! now part of city of Auray
Written May 8, 2012
Address: rue du chateau, Auray
wonderful country museum showing how life was in the old days in the Breton region of Brech/Auray. You see as time was then,,,, a combination of rural houses fully furnished, a chaumière or typical house from the 17C where family and animals lived together as well as a longére house of the 19C.
Great for the family and kids.
Written Apr 4, 2012
Address: Ecomusée de St-Dégan, 56400 BREC'H