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    Church of Saint Denis, Saint Gravé

    by gwened Written May 9, 2015

    passing church on the d775 in the morbihan dept 56 mine, going home and always nice things to see in the part of the woods::)

    The church of Saint Denis is on the site of an older church(1600's and call Saint Gravida) destroyed during the winter of 1899-1900. Only one section of the Chapel of Sainte-Anne, dating from 1864, remainds of the old church . The church is said to have a statue in polychrome wood of "santa Gravida" (or of Our Lady of the Advent). It,also, has a processional cross in silver from 1664 .

    Some history in French on the town /city hall here
    http://www.saint-grave.fr/decouvrir-saint-grave/histoire-et-patrimoine/
    the religious diocese site in French more on the church of Saint Denis
    http://www.paroisses-questembert-rochefort.com/#!saint-grav/c128x

    Church of Saint Denis side ch Saint Denis
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    Church Saint Martin, St Martin sur Oust

    by gwened Written May 9, 2015

    nice church in real inland Breton country of Saint Martin sur Oust (by the river oust) in the Morbihan dept 56.

    the church is from the 15C with several renovations to the 19C, the main door façade is from the 15C , the retable is from 1725.the last renovation dates from 1959.

    The nave and choir were renovated in the 18C. The crossing and bells were redone in 1853. The retable of 1725 has a painting in the middle with a crucifiction and the lateral niches housed statues of Saint John the Baptist and Saint Michael. There are some statues in wood such as Saint Martin cutting with his sword his coat to give to the poors. nice if more time. I was passing by on the D873 road

    Church of Saint Martin right side of Saint Martin just mem to the fallen
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    ile aux pies, Bains sur oust

    by gwened Written May 9, 2015

    This a designated natural nature park in Brittany, fun for the whole family in a natural state. It is off the road D873 from Redon to La Gacilly signs will led you to it but need to be very attentive as they are small.

    A wonderful nature of Brittany site, with the oust river passing and spaces for picnic, horse riding, children playground, kayak,canoe, boating, and mountain climbing on a great cliff. plenty of free parking,vast area of camping cars as well.

    A great place to come with the family in summer or stop by while driving along this great region of Brittany.

    For the climbing a site in English tells you more here
    http://escapades-verticales.com/?page_id=695

    the little island on ile aux pies horse rides and beautiful horses the oust river nature preserve ile aux pies children playground map of the ile aux pies area
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    Fort Bloqué ,Ploemeur

    by gwened Updated May 2, 2015

    This is a nice fortress off the coast that in low tide you can even walk to it not today thus. Fort Bloqué or Fort de Keragan

    Built between 1747 and 1758 after the English invasion of 1746, it was integrated into the fortification network defending Lorient in a Vauban style. During WWII it was part of the Atlantic wall done by the Nazis.

    right in front of it or looking at it, you have a wonderful beach of 1900 meters long. Security, showers and restrooms available. info in French on the beach here
    http://www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk/ploemeur/plage-du-fort-bloque/tabid/8475/offreid/60889b33-8241-4c8f-9a53-123ecfa2ffff

    The beach along the road D152 coastal road is wonderful and we will be back.

    The fort is private and until recently was and has been sold many times, interior space of 3 250 m², on a rocky islet of 6 000 m². Access is by boat or by wading at low tide. It has long used for military purposes. It is today a comfortable residence renovated with care, maintaining its authenticity with large vaulted rooms and walls in granite and with like views the Brittany coast and off the île de Groix.

    closeup of Fort Bloqu�� far out with beach Fort Bloqu�� historicla plaque on Fort Bloqu��
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    Church St Pierre, Ploemeur

    by gwened Written May 2, 2015

    The church of St Pierre is from the 12C and was ruined in 1668. The reconstruction of the tower and bell was done in 1686, the four bells benediction was done in 1726 and two are newer from 1783. A copy of St Pierre is up at the front door and the original is in the altar.

    It includes a nave of seven bays with aisles and a flat chevet choir. Between the nave and the choir, the triumphal arch, remade in the 16C, is supported by columns from the 11C with capitals decorated with windings, leaves and animals. The columns are the only remains of the Romanesque church. The nave rebuilt in the 18C with large arches resting on piers. The choir, behind the sacristy form the exterior apse, was completed in 1729. The South Portal is from the 18C. It is worth noting the altarpiece and the woodwork of the choir of the 18C, and under the porch, a pity, wooden Christ, 16C. "Way of the cross", dated 1959;

    Some more on the region of Lorient in English
    http://www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk/home/discover/morbihan/the-main-destinations/lorient

    more wandering in my lovely region, enjoy it

    Church St Pierre, Ploemeur nave of St Pierre back of St Pierre back canopy of organ back left side of church St Pierre
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    Church St Pierre et St Paul, Guidel

    by gwened Written May 2, 2015

    Church of St Peter and St Paul from the 19C very imposing in city center with its huge frontal belltower. The church was rebuilt early in the 19C in gothic style. The most interesting is the huge bell tower that is crowned by a polygonal arrow and built around 1840.

    The whole area around the church is fantastic with shops and restos and lively town, very nice impression. All along the road D306.

    church St Pierre et St Paul right side fountains stairs left  side of church view of church from resto at place Jaffr��
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    Church St Jean Baptiste, St Jouan de l'Isles

    by gwened Written Mar 7, 2015

    this is St John the Baptist Church in a colorful town on the roads D766 and N12 of dept 22 Côtes-d'Armor.

    One of my passing towns for the road warrior gwened, this is going up from my South to the North Brittany area; I will translate what it is in the city page for the Church, they do it better than me.

    The Church from the 15C, once surrounded by its graveyard, has been redesigned several times including in 17C by the Abbot Lebranchu who have pave at his own expense, rebuild the porch and beautify the altar of the Blessed Virgin.

    It is at the end of the 19C,it was decided the construction of a new Church given the dilapidated state of the current one. Built in granite, the current building is composed as the former, a nave and a transept.

    Objects of the Church that are of national importance and classified as such are:
    Saint-Armel, statue, ancient wood and polychrome, first quarter of the 19C
    Saint John the Baptist, statue, ancient wood and polychrome, 18C.
    Sainte-Anne and the Virgin, statue, ancient wood and polychrome, 18C.

    you can contact to see more in depth at this city email
    mairie-de-st-jouan@wanadoo.fr

    Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste camera game on shot of St Jean Baptiste closer look at St Jean Baptiste church D766 see church arrving St Jouan de L'Isles
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    The lighthouse of Kerbel, Riantec

    by gwened Written Feb 21, 2015

    This is not far from me and even thus now it is used as a lodging not stayed there and find it quaint and nice to see off the beaten path.

    The phare or lighthouse de Kerbel is in the town of Riantec on the road D33 going towards Port Louis.
    You have more in French from the department Morbihan tourist office
    http://www.morbihan.com/riantec/le-phare-de-kerbel/tabid/2243/offreid/12789265-36c7-4cd4-a354-9af41b1c95f9

    You can easily see it from the road right in the town behind a nice beach harbor area.It is 25 meters high and 120 steps or equal to 7 floors!

    The lighthouse entered service in 1923 and was electrified in 1932, the lighthouse keeper had it from 1925 to 1972 when took its retirement. Now the lighthouse is a lodging hotel.

    the entrance to phare/Lighthouse  de kerbel a view across bay of Riantec on Port Louis side
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    Church Notre Dame de Joie, Merlevenez

    by gwened Written Feb 21, 2015

    This is nice roman style and well preserve on my road warrior times near my home passing on the D33 at Merlevenez.. This is Our Lady of Joy.

    Something to see in my area, love it. I give you a bit of history I like...
    The oldest part is even before the time of the Knights Templar in the region around 1130. IT is of course Romanesque style and the current Church dates mainly from the 12C such as most of the nave and its low-rated, two braces and the crossroads forming the transept, and the flat heart.

    The Romanesque Lantern Tower supported by piles of the crossroads was rebuilt after its collapse in 1533. The large bays of flamboyant style of braces are a contribution of the 15C. Bombed in 1944, the Church lost its roof and all its furnishings; the sculpted decoration was preserved. The Church has been completely restored, with great care.

    The Church of Notre Dame de Joie at Merlevenez retains one of the most beautiful sets of sculptures of the Romanesque period in Brittany/Bretagne/Breizh. In addition to the martyrs saint Laurent and saint Simon, the capitals are decorated with characters headed grimacantes, acrobats, wrestlers, fantastic animals and kinds of vegetal items.Symbolically, all these scenes teach the faithful about good and evil.

    In Brittany the decor is often geometric and vegetal. Here at Merlevenez , the style of the sculpture is close to those of Poitou and Saintonge. The Church at Merlevenez is even more original.

    A real find, a jewel so close to me..

    Church of Notre Dame de Joie Church of ND de Joie arriving at Merlevenez and church
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    Church of St Pierre et St Paul ,Nostang

    by gwened Written Feb 21, 2015

    This is a nice town's Church that I past on my rounds in my area just a few kms away from my house.

    a bit of history I like
    The church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul built between 1681-1686. It is a Latin cross-shaped building in the simplest taste of the 17C, which was completed in 1871-1873 by the construction of a stone bell tower to the West. The tower building raises to four stories dates from 1871, collapses in 1898. Rebuilt in 1898.

    The arrow destroyed on January 17, 1945 by a Nazi shell and rebuilt in 1951. The vault is panelled frame. The altarpiece of the high altar, dates from 1713-1718. A funeral slab dated 1732 and irregular trapezoidal form, is included in the paving in front of the door of the south transept: it's the tomb of Mire the Naizer, priest of the parish of Nostang and died in 1732 (a cross is drawn in the Center).

    In 1827, the Church was expanded: it is equip with a polygonal Chapel intended to receive the baptismal font. The altar is made of wood, the altarpiece is in stone and marble. The altarpiece, which dates from 1713-1718, has three panes framed by a Corinthian frame . In the central panel of altarpiece, is a painting, dated 1717, listed St. Peter walking on water to meet Jesus, and signed Mesanstourm. Also many statues: St. Peter, St. Paul, St. Joseph, the Virgin and child, Sainte Jeanne-d'Arc, Sainte-Thérèse of the child Jesus and Saint-Symphorien

    just what you find in a small town in the Morbihan Breton.

    Church of St Peter and St Paul Church of St Pierre et St Paul closeup arriving Nostang on D33 and church on left
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    Church Saint Pierre aux liens, Arzano

    by gwened Written Feb 1, 2015

    Another nice Church on my ways in Brittany , this one at Arzano in the Finistére dept 29 about 40 mins from my house. The Church of Saint Pierre at the links, literally translation.

    Its a smallist Church with the main entrance by a portal with four pillars opening to an old cementery. The nave is covered by a long roof, North and South transepts are covered by gambrel roofs. The Western Square Tower, with platform railing, door bells covered octagonal by a capped dome and a skylight window. The dome is covered with granite. The West Tower is flanked by two circular turrets enclosing twisted stairs giving access to the Bell Tower. The South arm is flanked by a narrow porch.

    The Church was built between 1744 and 1776. In the choir, it retains the high altar and altarpiece, remarkable achievement of the second half of the 17C. Secondary improvements occur in the second half of the 19C; they lead to the renewal of monumental religious furniture, largely conducted on-site in shops of carpenters and cabinetmakers (tribune, stalls, sacristy furniture, Cabinet banners). Statuary is complemented by acquisitions of works in plaster, sometimes donations from local families, also contribute to the revival of the stained glass windows for which the factory made appeal to the local folks. The revival of the cult objects is characterized by l´acquisition of a few d´orfevrerie pieces from Parisian workshops. Today, the altarpieces in the arms of the transept are in poor condition and have lost their respective altars. A part of the monumental furniture (remains of a way of the cross, stalls, wainscoting and perhaps retables) as well as a statue of quality (Apostle or saint Pierre), are relegated to municipal depot.

    Something further from the Brittany heritage records show :
    The high altar is surmounted by a 17C altarpiece. The woodwork of the choir date from 1750. The altar of the north transept is dedicated to the Holy Trinity. The altar of the south transept is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. Located near the baptismal font, is an altar dedicated to saint John the Baptist. There are several old statues: Holy Trinity, our Lady of the Rosary, St. Anne, St. John the Baptist, saint Sebastian. There is a stained glass window, representing the Holy family. Two other modern stained glass depicting Saint Pierre and Saint Paul from 1891. The other stained glass windows in the Church are the Holy Rosary (south transept), Sacred Heart (north transept), Saint Yves (nave, on the South side), Saint Corentin (nave, on the north side).

    Worth a stop if by this neck of the woods, real country ,real Brittany.

    arriving at Church of Saint Pierre at the links the side bell tower of church
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    Chapel of Notre Dame de Béléan, Ploeren

    by gwened Written Dec 14, 2014

    This is on the road D19 which I take to avoid the expressway on way home, passed by it so many time,and today told me enough I stop and snap a picture for VT ::)

    A chapel here was first built by Jean du Garo to give thanks for allowing him and his squire to return alive from the 7th crusade of Saint Louis in 1248 (king Louis IX) to liberate the Palestine. He was put in a cage by the Turks and put in a boat.

    The chapel was in bad condition and was renovated in the 15C; today it is a rectangular shape from small to big sequence. It measure about 18 meters long by 7 meters wide. In 2012, it was very venerated and articles left by pilgrims for thank yous. The Chapel is ,also,known as the Notre Dame of Bethléem.

    On top of the north main entrance door you see the coat of arms of Jean du Garo (bordered in silver and sand) ,and of Yves de Pontsal, bishop of Vannes from 1444 to 1476.

    The furniture inside is rustic and simple, two grand tables in wood representing Jean du Garo and Saint Michel of Auray. The stained glass dates from the 16C . In the South bay there are fragments of glass wearing the banners of Kermeno ,and Garo. On the stone floor there is a bigger stone probably that of René de Kermeno.

    The sandy interior tells us of a ceiling done in 1457, from trees of the forest of Trebimoél. There is an inscription to this effect.

    Another nice historical monument in my area, nice and easy to come by car from Vannes, N165 to direction Grand Champ on the road D779 to the second traffic circle turn left than right direction Sainte Anne d'Auray on the road D19, you will pass it quickly on your left hand side.
    KICEO bus network takes you here on No 10 from pl de la République Vannes to the mairie de Ploeren.

    The mayor's office in French on the history of the town and chapel too
    http://www.ploeren.fr/decouvrir-ploeren/histoire-et-patrimoine

    the front Chapel of Notre Dame on the D19 road the south side of Chapel the nave and altar of chapel of Notre Dame the north side entrance and bell plaque history of the Chapel of Notre Dame
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    Church of Saint Mériadec at Mériadec

    by gwened Written Dec 13, 2014

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    There was a chapel here dedicated to Saint-Mériadec,bishop of Vannes in 659AD,located at the current parking space and built around 1383AD. It came into ruins and demolished in 1938. The Church we see now at the current place was built in 1913.

    The village of Mériadec on the road D19 that I take many times, was a commune of Plumergat and had a chapel before the Church was built in the beforementioned year above. In years previous (now no longer) the town was the biggest horse trade in the Morbihan department. Still today as you past the many farms horses are very visible.

    The mayor's office is handle by Plumergat today.

    church of Saint M��riadec evening from parking the church of St M��riadec
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    Chateau de Loyat

    by gwened Written Oct 12, 2014

    This is a wonderful property to stop by, and it is not really known, I come here on business and no photos but folks here are ok you need to have the tip even if it is without pictures. Someone will get them eventually. It is of course, rent it out for events, mariages ,and seminars.

    You can reach this wonderful castle coming from Vannes, road N24 get off at exit Ploërmel Sud, direction Dinan, St Malo; then exit to Loyat ,then direction Hélléan on road D129, the castle is on the right in about 2 kms.

    The castle interior is open from July 1 to August 15, and the garden is open year around except when hunting season is on.

    The castle is from the 18C, first construction from the 16C. The garden is French on the style of André Le Nôtre.

    Louis de Coëtlogon, Attorney and trustee of the estates of Brittany, bought the castle to 1675, but it was in poor condition and hardly recoverable. The decision was taken to build a new castle in the extension of the original fortress. His son, René Charles de Coëtlogon, vicomte of Loyat, inheriting it . His uncle, Alain Emmanuel de Coëtlogon, future Marshal of France and Vice Admiral of the Levant, participates in the financing of the operation.

    Rebuilt between 1718 and 1734, Castle fate of Coëtlogon family in 1791 on the death of the last Viscount of Loyat, Emmanuel Louis, Comte de Coëtlogon, lieutenant general of the armies of the King, died without issue. Due to the large number of heirs, the castle is sold. He always wears in her façade of granite Crest three Brittany banner, coat of arms of Coëtlogon. Castle is virtually not was modified since then, with the exception of the Park.

    In 1830, the new owner of the comte de Champagny, removes the moat to create the central aisle, and redevelops a part of terraces. Remained in the same family since 1885, the Château de Loyat is today surrounded by a forest area of 160 hectares.

    Lovely property indeed and a find in Brittany, dept 35 ille et vilaine

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    church Saint Peter, St Pierre, Languidic

    by gwened Written Oct 5, 2014

    In one of the oldest towns in Brittany maybe from 406AD but on record from 1060AD, the parrish of Languidic has the Church of St Pierre. You find it in town at Place du Général de Gaulle, right along the road D102 to my house.

    IT was done from 1876 to 1879. Latin style construction with a light Arrow witha cross at 54 meters high. The altar has sculptures done in oak wood of Sacre Heart, Saint Joseph, Sainte Anne, and the Blessed Virgin.

    The pardon of St Pierre is celebrated every June 29th.A religious site with more info
    http://www.paroisse-languidic.fr/

    Church St Peter or St Pierre entering town you see church St Pierre back of church arriving church St Pierre side of church
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