Bretagne Off The Beaten Path

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Bretagne Off The Beaten Path

  • Chateau de Beauregard, St Avé

    This is a private property now use for weddings, events, exhibits, birthdays, all sorts of events that can be rented out. However, it is on my way to work passing next to it and decided to take a look.You can come by off the national road N165 take the D779E exit direction /Grand Champ/Plescop/ St Avé, at traffic circle turn right into the D135b...

  • Chateau de Kerambar'h, Landaul

    this is a nice property near me, and finally stop by ! its like been back in the middle ages and coming to the renaissance in one sweep. For this year the castle is openApril 19 to July 13 every day from 14h to 18hJuly 14 to August 31 every day from 11h to 18hSeptember all days from 14h to 18h and October all days from 14h to 17h30you can visit the...

  • Tour des Anglais, Penerf,Damgan

    I dare to go to take a closer look at the Tour des Anglais or English tower of historical significance. It is surrounded by major Oyster culitivation now so please respect the environment.The Fire Tower built between 1442 and 1450, (ancestors of light houses), it’s is the oldest “fire Tower” standing in its original architecture on the French...

  • Church of Saint Pierre, Pernef, Damgan

    You have the Church of Saint Pierre, right across from the harbor . Its construction dates back to the 17C , first mentioned in 1580, and probably replaces an older church. The place was already inhabited since long and formed an own entity. It is extended by the addition of a chapel dedicated to the Virgin and revamped belfry. The North and South...

  • Church Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle,...

    the Church of Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle. It was during the first half of the 16C the construction of the chapel dedicated to Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle, patron saint of travellers and sailors, begins. Originally, it had the shape of a barn because it had no steeple and soil was clay. Over the years, the building fell into ruins. It was in 1841...

  • Chapelle Saint Antoine de Penesclus,...

    We went past the chapelle Saint Antoine de Penesclus just before hitting city center, and the story is that the Chapel along the street of the Penesclus, breton term meaning “the tip of the lock”. It is written its existance since 1580, but it was moved and rebuilt in 1885 to allow the widening of the route de Vannes to Nantes. The 2 statues of...

  • Church of Saint-Cyr-Sainte-Julitte,Ambon

    We past by an old Church still Under renovation, église Saint-Cyr-Sainte-Julitte; it is a very old religious site maybe going back to the 3-4C!, some of the architectural description is to follow; the western façade is typical of Romanesque Breton. On the north side of the church, at the level of the second and third bays of nave, opens a porch...

  • Le Manoir de la Touche Carné,le Roc St...

    Deep into the country, only by car/auto, but historical and nice. This is country Morbihan.Le Manoir de la Touche Carné, the Manoir reflects well what life was segneuriale around 1450. It is built by the House of Carné, then moves into the hands of the family of Rogiers in 1638, and then in the 19C to that of the Du Breuil De Pontbriand. On the...

  • Church Notre Dame, La Chapelle Caro

    Some history of this quaint town in the country of Morbihan my dept 56 of Brittany.We continue on the road D766A towards La Chapelle-Caro, it takes its name from the family of the Chapelle. This is a break-up of the original parish of Ploërmel. She was nicknamed ‘ the lower-Chapel ‘ or ‘ La Chapelle-sous-Ploërmel’. After having belonged to the...

  • Church of Saint Bertin, Guillan

    The town of Guillac is very old and some foundations are there even before the Romans time. It is part of the Gallo language even if Breton had been spoken there then. It was part of the war of Succession of Bretagne, and battle was held here in 1351. A big economic boom when the river Oust was canalise into the Canal Nantes-Brest. The Church of...

  • Church Saint Nicodéme, Quily

    We continue on to Quily on the road D174 , pure country and wonderful ride; big town of 342 inhabitants, where the main item is the Church of Saint Nicodéme. The Church was originally built as the Church of Notre Dame des Neiges (our lady of snow) but since 1802 it is that of Saint Nicodéme. Done in Latin Cross style. As I said very small country...

  • Les Halles, market of Saint Brieuc

    They are at the shadows of the great Cathedral of Saint Stephen or Saint-Etienne,at the place du Martray where you will see these magnificent halles or halls of market from the 19C with the style of Baltard. Today they hold the market here on Wednesdays and Saturday mornings still! In summer there is concerts in open air with animation in all the...

  • Musée d'art et d'Histoire de Saint...

    After many sketchy starts and stops and many years of moving around town, the museum is finally found its home ,and when look at it from the front is very nice indeed.The Museum exhibits collections relating to the history of Côtes-d'Armor, essentially permanently in the 19C. Several themes are represented: the maritime heritage (underwater...

  • Church St Pierre, Plélan le Grand

    The St. Peter’s church or église St Pierre was built from 1850 in a place of a church from the 13C which survives that of chapel of Sainte-Anne . North side, a tower dating from 1620 plays the role of Bell Tower. It has a wonderful calvary on the side, beautifully done.The Church Saint Pierre is first mentioned in the 12C. three-quarters destroyed,...

  • Church St Malo, St Malo de Beignon

    another old wonderful Church in the dépt 56 of Morbihan, my new area. Going along the Brocéliande area of king Arthur and Merlin fame.the tourist site tells us there was a Church here from the 11C, roman style made from stone of Roussard. The doors were renovated in the 13C and the roof in the 15C.It was Under the bishop of St Malo from 1396, where...

  • Museum of the souvenir ,Guer

    Near Guer, on the road D773 we stopped by the école militaire de Saint Cyr-Côetquidan, they started out by order of emperor Napoléon 1ér out of the Château de Fontainebleau,and then at Saint-Cyr in my old dept 78 Yvelines. The schools are in order since 1805. Inside the one at Guer there is a museum. It is a museum of memories or musée du Souvenir,...

  • church of the Trinity of the most Holy...

    birthplace of a great religious leader and movement that of Armélie Nicolas or the Bonne Armélie. Her skull head is kept at the town’s Church and the body at the bishops palace in Vannes. You have nearby the tombs of the giants and the abbey of la joie de Notre Dame ....

  • Church of St Pierre Beignon

    Going around the quaint historical Brocéliande area of king Arthur and merlin the magician, we stumble upon this Church. it is in the form of a Latin cross from ealry the 16C. You can admire beautiful classified stained-glass windows dating from the 16C depicting the tree of Jesse and the life of St - Pierre and its pits carved frame. The North...

  • Church Saint Pierre, Larmor Baden

    another Church by a sea town of Larmor Baden. near the port or harbor.The parish church of Saint Pierre or Saint Peter introduced in the middle wing , exterior buttresses showing its Romanesque origin.Rebuilt in the 19C, wishing a 12C style worked ended November 17, 1861, while the arrow of the Bell Tower, built in 1864, was mounted in 1866. In...

  • Musée des passions et des ailes

    the museum of Baden,is more than a single museum but four in one. It is right by the town's Church at 2 Place Wheilheim, so can 't missed it. admission is only 3,50€ adults and open from July 1 to August 31 every day from 10h- 12h and 15h -18h. Closed Sundays afternoons. from June 15-30 and September 1-7, every mornings from 10h to 12h ,and the...

  • Chapelle Notre Dame des Trois...

    Another marvelous example of chapels that act like churches in the Breton landscape. This one is the Chapelle Notre Dame des Trois Fontaines in the village of Trois Fontaines commune belonging to Gouézec in the Finistére dept 29 of Brittany. You need to drive a car and come along the N165 expressway to direction Pleyben on the D765 Route...

  • Church of Saint Aubin -Brandivy

    This is the town Church, and link to the anti revolution wars of the Chouans against the republican French of Bastille fame.A bit of history of this Church only about 10 kms from my house. The old church was entirely devastated July 4, 1728 by a fatal fire. It was rebuilt four years later, in 1732. During the Revolution, a Bell and a part of the...

  • Chapelle Notre Dame de Lourdes-Brandivy

    This is a historical chaple deep in the ravine next to the river Loch that joins the Auray before Fallen into the Gulf of Morbihan at Auray. The name comes because in the grottos caves it was found a crucifix and cross that looks like the grotto at Lourdes, the famous shrine.A bit of history tell us that a small square turret (between 1630 and...

  • La Maison de la Cidre

    This is a museum but also, tastings and boutique on the Breton ciders, so could be in shopping too, but since it is ,also, educational and a museum will post hereLa Maison de la Cidre is found off the N165 road Brest-Nantes, off exit Presqu'île de Rhuys/Sarzeau ,you are on the road D780 until the traffic circle in the town of Le Hézo on the road...

  • Church St Pierre and St Paul-Pluneret

    Another of the wonderful churches in my area of the department of the Morbihan, the Church of Saints Peter and Paul (finish in 1885), 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 14C and 15C, was...

  • Church of St Colomban -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,...

  • Church of Saint Sixté-Limerzel

    another Church on my road warrior drives in Bretagne and this one the Morbihan, passing the town of Limerzel, near Rochefort-en-Terre on the road D774, i could not missed the opportunity for a photo and documented it here.the Church Saint-Sixte (1889-1895), rebuilt on the plans of the architect M. Le Diberder. The new Church is of style 15C, large...

  • tumulus of petit mont -Arzon

    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 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...

  • Church of Saint Sané -Camors

    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...

  • Chapelle Notre Dame du Plasker-Locminé

    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...

  • Church Saint Tugdual

    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...

  • Church of Saint Ouen- Plouay

    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...

  • chateau de Rohan ruins at Guéméné

    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...

  • Church Notre Dame de la Fosse-Guémené

    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)...

  • Church of Sainte Marie...

    A wonderful smallish church with plenty of history,and another small inland town of Morbihan all unique and niceThe 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...

  • Church of Saint Tugdual- Grand Champ

    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...

  • Chapel Notre Dame du Loc-Saint Avé

    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...

  • Church of St Gervais et St Protais-Saint...

    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...

  • Chapel of Sainte Anne- St Nolffs

    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...

  • Church of Saint Mayeul -St Nolffs

    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...

  • Church of Saint Melaine - Plumelin

    Plumelin comes from breton « Plu » or « Plou » (meaning parrish) and of saint Merin (cult coming from Wales) or of saint Melaine, bishop of Rennes in the 5C.taking a tour of the churches in my area, i bring you the church of Saint-Melaine (built end of the 15C or early 16C). You will see a round chapel on the south choir rebuilt between 1744 and...

  • Church of Saint Colomban - Locminé

    Locminé takes its name from Loc Menéh meaning a place of monksThe church of Saint-Sauveur ou Saint-Colomban (this one dtes from 1976!!), The church of Saint-Sauveur de Locminé, depended previously from the prieury of Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys, was linked in modern times to the chapel of Saint-Colomban . Started in 1973, the modern church is dedicated...

  • Church of Saint Thuriau- Plumergat

    Another nice historical church near me is the church of Saint-Thuriau built in the 11 to 13C, it has been renovated several times and as late as 1948. The church was built over antique site of pray and sacrifices druids . A tower covers the roman facade, it has a nave ,transept, and choir traverse by small windows very small. The nave has four...

  • church Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens -Plescop

    Another of my area many churches, this one is close to Vannes and the bus system of it takes you here on bus 4. Plescop means in Breton, the church of tha parrish.The church of Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens was built in the 15 to 17C. IT really has no architectural character and many times renovated. It has a blessed stone from 1629 and 3 retables in stone...

  • Church of Saint Pierre - Baud

    One up the road into country Morbihan near road N24, the beginning of bus no 5 of TIM ,and you see this very nice churchThe church of Saint-Pierre takes many elements from the the chapel of Notre-Dame-de-la-Clarté. In 1687, the choir is rebuillt. A century later in 1793, the nave is enlarge doubling its length towards the west and a new facade is...


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