this is part of the misterious stones found all over Brittany and especially in the Morbihan whre I live. There seem to be just put there yesterday but...
in about 5000 BC, the promontory of Petit Mont dominated like today, the ocean, "Mor Braz" to the South. The huge weight of dry stones arranged in successive tiers which constitutes the Cairn was not built at once, but is the result of a long architectural process that ran for more than two thousand years. A tour of 45 minutes you will discover inside of the dolmens, inscribed in stone carvings typical of the registry Armorican, axe, snakelike, Crest rafters, and outside an exceptional views of the Bay of Quiberon South and the Gulf of Morbihan to the North.In April, may, June and September, closed on Wednesday. In July-August, open every day. Guided tours
This is a nice modern clay white church in city center Camors about 9 kms from me now.
Camors parish church is dedicated to saint Sane, an Irish bishop who died March 7 544AD. Dating back to the 17th century, this Latin cross-shaped Church contains the headstone of the comte de Lannion and this also two altarpieces in wood. The sacristy is older than the Church and reuses stones from the chapel Sainte-Suzanne. The Church also houses a statue of Saint Marguerite. It has been successively restored in the 18th and 20th centuries.
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It has embossed with a brutal realism, the scene of the beheading of St. John the Baptist . According to records, the Church Saint-Sane dates from 1640. However, it was amended by annexes which came to piggy back on the main building at different times. The Church is the result of the merger of two chapels, which gives it an original appearance with its two opposite pinnacles. The sacristy was built with stones from the old Sainte-Suzanne chapel which stood to the North. It is its steeple dominates the pinion to the east.
another remarkable proof that this area is serious about God.
A nice chapel right in city center near the church of St Colomban. One of the many chapels that adorn this area of the Morbihan, and even region of Brittany.
The Lady of the Plasker chapel or chapel of the Congregation: located in the city centre, a place of prayers would have existed at its location as early as the 11th century. The present Chapel dates from the 16th century. During the French Revolution, the Chapel is transformed into deposit of material and is used for some time of a decadence temple.
In 1804, the municipality made down the upper part of the steeple and replaces it with the current "stove". At the beginning of the 20th century the building escaped demolition.
And its now an integral part of the city and the history of Locminé.
Locminé takes its name from Loch Menech, or site of monks. Many historians claimed that in the 7C many disciples of Saint Gildas de Rhuys prayed at the extreme corners of the parish of abbey Saint Sauveur de Moriac ou Moréac that eventually became St Colomban.
This country church was built n the 15C and modified in the 1970's . the abbey Laudrin, deputy mayor decided to built a new church than restore the old one, so it was done trying to preserve the facade of the 16C.
When I arrive in town just before midday they was a mass going on, so did not want to take pictures inside. It is ,also, known as the church of St Sauveur on the new church taking from the old Saint Colomban.
Commencée en 1973, l'église moderne a été consacrée lors de la messe de minuit de Noël 1975.
Lovely church in center of town of Grand Champ, one of my new routes near me.
It is built on the site of older churches. The latter was built between 1865 and 1867.
The Church was partially destroyed during the French Revolution, when Grand-Champ was an active centre of the Chouannerie. It was first restored finally rebuilt in the 19th century. The first stone was laid on August 20, 1865, and is inaugurated Saint-Tugdual in November 1867. It is this same year that workers began the construction of the Bell Tower, a square of 40 meter high. This tower is made of granite built on two floors: the first with a porch formed a portal arch, the second with the House of the bells. Just completed, the Bell Tower was equipped with three bells, dating respectively from 1809, 1860 and 1864. A fourth Bell came as reinforcements in 1865, smaller and melted in Ploërmel.The present Church is in the shape of a Latin cross, with two sacristies lean-to along the choir. It is made of granite in a neo-Gothic style.
Inside it has one of the oldest chasubles( textile outfits in decoration of metal petals) in the Morbihan, a great national treasure to see.
Another of the wonderful churches in my area of the department of the Morbihan, the Church of Saints Peter and Paul (19th century), built on the site of an earlier Church from the 11th century. The ancient Church of Pluneret, which the nave dated back to the early years of the 11th century, and the other parties were the 14th and 15th centuries, was demolished in 1876, to make way for a modern building, of Gothic style, completed in 1885 with the construction of a square bell arrow tower similarly crowned a beautiful style. The modern stained glass are due to the master glassmakers Lobin de Tours, Oudinot in Paris and Toulouse Jesta. Honorary rights depended formerly on the seigneury of the Quenhuen, Lords of the Rohello.
You always find marvels on the road of the Morbihan. This is some info in French on the town's webpage
you see the nice church of Saint Ouen, the Church was built at the end of the 14th century, it has a plan in the form of a Latin cross, with two aisles.Its limestone and marble choir develops in three parts: a central panel and two concave wings.
All connected at the beginning of the 18th century.In the large niches we can see the statues of Saint Barbara and Saint Eloi who seem contemporary, while in the niche above, the statue of Saint Ouen is older.The altar is of simple form.The Monument to the dead lying on the church square was built in 1923 by architect Chandran and the sculptor Gauthier. On the 4 pillars are the corps of the great war: a soldier, a gunner, a sailor, and an airman. Nice complex.
more on the dept of Morbihan tourist webpage , http://www.morbihan.com/eglise-de-plouay/plouay/tabid/7430/offreid/f45b36c7-d695-487b-b5ff-ee1829ead768/detail-visites.aspx
The ruins of the castle of the Rohan , a wonderful historical property,here is the long illustrious story from the source:
the castle of Rohan (14th century), modified in the 15th century. The first castle was built in the 11th century by the family Guegant (ou Guégant). He was replaced in the 12th century by a fortress which belongs to the Rohan family. Redesigned in the 13th century, it becomes the property of Mabile or Mathilde de Rohan (wife of Robert of bar or Beaumetz) in 1251, and then the property of the Duke of Brittany (after 1369). Duke Jean III died in 1341, a struggle is committed for his estate between Jean de Monfort and Charles of Blois. The captain of the stronghold of Guémené is a named Raynaud. In July 1342, on the orders of Charles de Blois, Louis of Spain besieges Guémené who surrounded. Pierre Porteboeuf succeeded a little later and Louis of Spain called Gerard of Malin, Captain of Guémené. In December 1342, the English, allies of Montfort, who put the seat in throne of Guémené. The English eventually leave Guémené in 1369. In 1371, Jeanne de Rostrenen yields to Guémené-Duke Jean IV against a life annuity of a thousand pounds. The latter makes Guémené Jeanne de Beaumer, its lawful owner and her husband Jean de Longueval. In 1377, John, Duke Viscount of Rohan, married his second wife Jeanne de Navarre and buys from the Lord of Longueval the”city, chatel for 3,400 francs of gold. October 31, 1378 the acquisition by the Viscount of Rohan of châtellenies Kemene-Gomez and rock-Periou is confirmed by the King Charles V. Charles de Rohan, son of Jean I de Rohan and Jeanne de Navarre, inherits in 1384 ‘ châtellenies, cities and fortresses of Quesmenet-guégon. Charles de Rohan – Guéméné, in 1406, married Catherine du Guesclin, and both are the founders of the branch of the Rohan-Guéméné. About 1474, Louis I, Duke of Rohan – Guéméné (husband of Louise de Rieux) built the current Castle. The work extend until 1486. The walls to a height of 15 metres and 300 metres in diameter, was defended by eight towers (including the Dungeon). In 1522 Louis IV de Guéméné and wife Marie de Rohan make disarm the castle into a Palace. The Bishop Claude Rohan died at the Château de Guémené July 8, 1540, and Marie de Rohan (wife of Louis V), June 9, 1542. In September 1570, Charles IX penalised the principality of Guémené , by order letters given at Monceau, in favour of Louis VI de Guéméné. The castle is taken by Gabriel de Goulaine (right arm of Mercœur) and his Catholics in 1589, while Louis VI de Rohan had left the place by asking Thomas Tuault of the Palevart and the master of Saint-Georges to defend (the garrison consisted of then Lords of Kerdisson, de Launay, of Rimaison, of Kermahon, Kerhourin and a few adventurers). January 28, 1590, the castle was taken over by the royalists commanded by Prince de Dombes. In April 1591 and in January 1592, the Leaguers attempt again, but without success, to reconquered the Castle. In 1592, were Spanish League soldiers who occupy the castle for three weeks. In April 1598, following the signing of the edict of Nantes by Henri IV, the Spaniards then leave the Kingdom. By 1629, the Castle began to be dismantled on the orders of King Louis XIII. Attempting to restore the castle to 1644. An admission of 1682 briefly describes the castle: “the Château de Guémené, closed and closed high and strong walls, trimmed of machicolations and gunners, eight towers and pavilions, with several body building, surrounded and enclosed by moats and ditches, wide and deep and full of water, closing at drawbridge; the extent of which contains funds, including the moat, four newspapers and a half. Said Castle and the town of Guémené are required of the King as ancient Châtellenie in high, medium and low justice, with all the prerogatives of the edict of Principality in 1570, to which are appended the seigniories and fiefs of Leon, La Roche Messina, Trefaven and Plouhinec.” Partially restored in the 18th century (c. 1775) by Jules-Hercules prince of Rohan, the castle is confiscated as many emigrated by the Act of February 12, 1792, and serves as a military prison during the Revolution (it hosts approximately 500 English prisoners).
In 1795, on 29 January, the garrison of Guémené, surprised by the chouans, takes refuge in the Castle and leaves the enemy loot the barracks and burn the papers of the municipality. In 1803, he was designated to accommodate invalids, in 1804 or 1808 to serve as a barracks. The princesse de Guéméné died in 1807 and prince Henri-Louis died in Prague in 1808. In 1814, the Duchess of Montbazon receives the succession of Guémené and resells all at a named Declerq, Tournay banker, for a sum of 2 115 000 francs. The castle was acquired in 1843 by the Juttard-Lannivon family. In ruins, it was demolished in 1926. The ramparts that remain date from 1380 and the door dates from the end of the 15th century; a piece of history to walk on by.
The wonderful small church of Notre Dame de la Fosse, the church (19th century), rebuilt around 1820. The Bell Tower dates from the 18th century and stood near the present Church: it houses four bells. The former Bell Tower collapsed in 1757.
This church’s square and surmounted by a dome, whose construction was decided by the Guémené(-sur-Scorff) factory in 1761, has replaced a former collegiate church of the 14th century who disappeared during the Revolution, despite many vicissitudes. A college of canons was founded in 1529 by Mary and Louis IV de Rohan, the Lords of Guémené.
The choir of the Church is enlarged in the 16th century to accommodate the chapter (six canons) and stalls are installed. Stalls are reworked in 1932 and only remain today the sculpted panels. These sculpted panels now adorn the side altars and are the only remnants of the former collegiate church.
A nice church in a historical culinary town of Brittany.http://www.guemenesurscorff.com/histoire_collegiale.html
A wonderful smallish church with plenty of history,and another small inland town of Morbihan all unique and nice
The Church Saint-Theleau or Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (15th century). St. Madeleine replaces saint thuriau at the beginning of the 19th century and St. Madeleine is replaced by saint Theleau in 1903. The parish church of Landaul having been demolished in 1862, the chapel Notre-Dame (Notre-Dame de Bon-Secours) founded by the Kerambourg family, which was nearby became a parish church in May 1863, after it had turned it annex them completely including two large chapels forming braces to the North and the South. The chapel was built around 1450.
In it fortunately been preserved intact the beautiful Western Portal Berry basket which the covings are decorated with rinceaux of foliages, struggling under a large openings in several archivolts arcade overcoming a perforated eardrum. On the gable is a Bell Tower square, back at least a century, once surmounted by a stone Spire and flanked by a cylindrical stair Tower.
The nave dates from the end of the 15th century. Against the North Gable, sealed on a slab of granite, stone of saint Barbe, St. Isidore and St. Margaret statues are aligned
wonderful.In addition here is the tourist office for the region that includes my town Auray
Another lovely town in inland Morbihan Brittany.
The best here is the church of Saint Tugdual, dates from its renovation in August 10 1817 as this was chouans territory ,the local opposition to the French revolution,and visited by the rebels call chouen many times, including General Cadoudal (of Auray!) . The march was ended with the chants of Long live the King, and it was not until renovated again in August 20 1865, that the church continues its normal functions.
The church is built with granites stones in a latin cross style, it has a belltower also in granite stone, the inside is resplendicent of the granite white stones. The Church houses two showcases containing embroidered chasubles of gold and silver thread, the oldest known in Morbihan, as well as a shining treasure of gold. Chalices, patens, censer, processional cross, etc. are all pieces unique and remarkable that you can admire.
The Chapel of Notre Dame du Loc where built from 1475 to 1494 is still an example of the Breton religious art. Amongst the richest inside you will find retables in sand, a chancel cross from 1500, granite retables and an alabaster from England, a formidable collection of polychrome statues from the 15C to 19C where the it has the Virgin and the Child recently restored.
I was around when the restoration began, and almost live just across from it. It is at place Notre Dame du Loc in town of Saint Avé
The work has been magnificently, was there on labor day holiday should be back. A jewel of Breton fervor Catholicism and architecture marvel.
The church of Saint Gervais et Saint Protais suffered a lot on humidity problems, was destroyed in the 19C and rebuilt between 1830 and 1834 where the building of today is from. The old church dates back to the 15C and those parts dates from 1426 to 1481.
Nice imposing building in city center Saint Avé on the place de l'église. in contact the mayor's office or mairie site, and here the tourist office of Vannes which Saint Avé belongs to but in French too
This is a very nice chapel next to the church of Saint Mayeul (see separate tip), in a nice small town near where I work.
It has a rectangular shape and flamboyan decorations built in honor of Sainte Anne in 1493 by Olivier de Gourvineg, Lord of Bézit, as indicated in the sand stone plaque. Sainte Anne is the patron sainte of the Breton, and according to the bible ,the grandmother of Jesus and mother of Mary.
The chapel was done rather large showing that it has some prestige in the area. The Gourvineg held positions of great power in the 15C like adviser to the Duke or Captain of the guards, been with important revenues to live a grand style of life.
To note in this chapel, you see the first appearance of lys flowers in the windows and many decorated likewise. Exceptional in the 15C as Brittany was independant and stayed that way until 1532. It could be a symbol of the force marriage of the duchess Anne of Brittany to Charles VIII of France in 1491 following defeats by the Breton army.
The south portail is a panier raise on the sculpture culots ending by the arms of Gourvineg. The clock that goes up on the west tower dates from 1884. There is a nice statue of Sainte Anne trinitarian from the 16C and conserved in the presbytère.
The church of Saint-Mayeul,is right in the center of this small town near my place of work.
The church we see its from the 15C, and went thru several stages of renovation ever since. It was built without lower side walls with a choir with a flat chevet and the cloister has a big window in flamboyan style. It was given croisillons in the 19C and developed its side walls, today it is in a latin cross style. An elevation n the center hides a sharp lowering of the ceiling and its sand sculptures. In the stained glass you see the coat of arms of the family of Gourvineg on the north transept and those of the family of Kêrboulard in the south transept.Both important names in the history of the town. The belltower and clock were done in 1783.
A very nice historical and architecture complex with cafes , a river going by with horse riding park ,and grocery stores to enjoy a sunny day in the Morbihan.
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