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    Church of Saint Sauveur

    by gwened Written Jul 6, 2013
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    This is one of the nicest churches around me and has several concerts and very much follows by the seafaring traditions here. The church is best seen coming from Saint Goustan up the rue Saint René and come into place saint sauveur. Or take the route from the port area of St Goustan to the rue du petit port and climb up as well . Lovely quaint and nice cobblestone and steep street.

    a bit of history
    Although the Church is dedicated to Saint-Sauveur, the district is under the protection of Saint-Goustan, the patron of sailors and fishermen. Goustan was born in 974 in Cornwall. Kidnapped by pirates at 18 years old, wounded, it was abandoned on the island of Houat where it survived in providence providing fish that used sparingly and that every day reconstitutes (hence his legend and its representation with a fish) and the care of St Félix, who will convert it to Christianity. He became a monk in 1025, and founded a Priory on the island of Hoëdic. It rests with his brothers monks in the Abbey of Saint-Gildas de Rhuys.

    The parish church Saint-Sauveur, rue Saint-Sauveur, dates from the 15th century (1469). This time, only the portal remains. The rest was destroyed by fire in 1886, and then rebuilt. You can admire the wooden furniture carved, including chair where stands a statue of Saint-Goustan, and the closing of the choir carved by Joseph Jegouza in 1929.See the model under glass of a boat which received the special jury prize category "Ex voto" at the national competition of the heritage of the coasts of France 1996.
    This is their hommage webpage on ex votos
    http://www.ex-voto-marins.net/pages/lieupage56Auray.htm

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    chapelle Notre-Dame de Lourdes

    by gwened Updated Jul 6, 2013

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    end of 19C by 1875, beautiful church in a beautiful area of St Goustan,Auray, my town. It was done due to the appereances of the virgin of Lourdes here!
    lovely quaint narrow cobblestones street and a beautiful view of the ria Loch below. a nice walk and a nice find. It is under renovations ,and now closed to the public.

    It will be worth waiting for it.

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    Old Castle ruins of Auray

    by gwened Updated Jul 6, 2013

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    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

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    Chartreuse

    by gwened Updated Jun 23, 2013

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    historical building where the remains of those who fought the French revolution are the final resting place. It is on the site where after beating Charles de Blois,his cousin Jean de Montfort, becoming duke of brittany as Jean IV had built this chartreuse where from the 19C keeps the remains of the shot killed in the landings of Quiberon in 1795 showing the names of the 953 dead, landing of immigrant bretons from England trying to re establish the monarchy in France .

    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
    http://www.auray-tourisme.com/la-chartreuse/brech/tabid/8277/offreid/23a4acde-c549-4a97-8d00-26dd33b3ddc4/detail.aspx

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    Ecomusée de St Degan

    by gwened Updated Jun 8, 2013

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    entrance ecomusee St Degan

    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. In the summer ,there is the feast of St Dégan,with Breton games,foods, and themes of history , check july and august with guided visits from 14h30 to 17h30 ,and themes shops at 16h

    admission is 5€ adults open all year.

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    Church of St Gildas II

    by gwened Written Nov 24, 2012
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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.

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    Chapelle St Esprit

    by gwened Written Aug 26, 2012

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    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!

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    Church St Gildas

    by gwened Updated Aug 26, 2012

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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 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.

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    Walk nice quaint friendly Auray

    by gwened Written Aug 4, 2012

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    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!
    http://www.auray.fr/

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    Church Charles de Blois

    by gwened Written Jun 12, 2012

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    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.

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    passenger boat to see the islands in the Gulf

    by gwened Written May 13, 2012

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    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

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    See Saint Goustan

    by gwened Written May 8, 2012

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    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
    http://www.auray.fr/auray/architecture/saint-goustan/

    a blog about the district
    http://www.saint-goustan.net/

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    St Michel de Montfort

    by gwened Written Apr 4, 2012

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    Duke Jehan IV, duke of Brittany, Count of Montfort and of Richemont, had built this collegiale church of Saint Michel, in honor of God and Mr Saint Michel in the year 1382. Wonderful architecture and great painting inside

    next to the Chartreuse, walk to it 50 meters

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    chapel St Helene and tourist office

    by gwened Written Feb 12, 2012

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    it was a hospital until recently, annexed to a chapel that still its open, and adjacent to it is the town 's tourist office. A lovely building right in city center.
    built in 1651AD as a Hôtel-Dieu, connected to a chapel as above. In 1674 the Augustines arrive in Auray and took residence. The chapel of St Helen or chapelle Sainte-Héléne is open Mondays to Thursdays from 9h-12h and 14h-17h30,Fridays from 14h-17h30.

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    Explore the historic quarter

    by ranger49 Updated Nov 27, 2009

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    We were lucky this time - an early, damp morning in October - and very few people about.

    On previous visits, in the earlier months of the year, it would have been impossible to get deserted shots of the lovely, old, cobbled alleys that lead up from Place Saint-Sauveur to the church of the same name.
    So we saw the place as it is - where people still live and work in a centuries old environment.

    I am including a picture from an old post card circa 1939 - not too different - and on my first visit to Briittany in 1966 it was not at all unusual to see older women dressed like the one in Picture No. 5.

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