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    The Monts d'Arrée

    by gwened Written May 24, 2015

    This is a historical and significance natural beauty for the Bretons. And I just past by here with my car !

    The views are close to those from Ireland and Wales, from old Armoric as Breton are from. the mountaineous area is the dept 29 of Finistére and comprises the towns of de Berrien, Botmeur, Brennilis, Commana, Huelgoat, La Feuillée, Le Cloître-Saint-Thégonnec, Loqueffret, Plounéour-Ménez, Saint-Rivoal ,and Sizun. The monts d'Arrée are part of the parc naturel régional d'Armorique created in 1969.

    History here runs deep back to 554AD and long. Tough life and little populated to this day. Mont Saint Michel looks impressive.

    The road D785 goest right thru it and the one I took most with a bit of the other D764. These two are the ones that goes there as main roads . The 785 goes Lorient-Roscoff and the 764 Quimper-Morlaix.

    The Brittany tourism has better infor than I can describe it , the place is magical
    http://www.brittanytourism.com/discover-brittany/quintessential-brittany/monts-d-arree-and-the-montagne-st-Michel

    And you may encounter a wolf or go to the museum in the park
    http://www.tourisme-morlaix.fr/A-Wolf-in-the-Arree-Mountains.html

    Some of the communities the monts are have pages such here in Huelgoat they have a video
    http://www.huelgoat-carhaix-tourisme.com/fr/decouvrir/les-monts-darree

    ecomuseums with nice maison de Cournec and Moulins (windmills) de Kerouat
    http://ecomusee-monts-arree.fr/

    And finistére tourism on it in contact. Great for walkers too but best by car at least the first time as it is vast.

    Mont Saint MIchel ahead on the road warrior trail of the D785 mounts and lakes lookout on the D785 the hard rock of monts d'arr��e stop and photo of road behind D785
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    Abbey St Michel of Kergonan

    by gwened Written Jan 11, 2015

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    A wonderful abbey just off the main road from my house to Quiberon, saw it today coming from Carnac to Quiberon on the D119 road.

    a very nice monastery put Under the sign of Saint Michael by the mother Cécile Bruyère. It was here the abbesse of Sainte-Cécile de Solesmes that founded the one here in 1898.

    In 1901 the religious buildings are not allowed and the monks leave for isle of Wight in England, the property is turn into a school; in 1914 the community becomes autonomous; and the monks come back from exile in 1920. In 1942, the monastery, close to the « Atlantic Wall » of WWII, and is commandeered by the Nazis. The monks seek refuge in the Chartreuse of Auray. By 1943, the community settles at the castle of Nétumières, near Vitré.By 1946, the monks come back from exile. In 1968 the construction of the abbey Church is began.
    You need to come here by car along the D768/781 to Quiberon and in summer you can take the train tire bouchon from Auray with a stop at Plouharnel.Direction Quiberon.

    The welcome office and boutique is open every day from 11h10 – 12h20 and 14h30 – 16h50 (15h50 on Sundays and priers); 17h35 (16h45 Sundays and priers) – 18h

    You can ask for days there as individuals or groups or families. in a retreat fashion. The boutique sells arts and crafts and local bio products.

    Abbey Saint Michel de Kergonan parvis to boutique on left of Abbey inside abbey going in to church arriving by car abbey on right panel descriptive at entrance
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    Cathédrale de Saint Samson, Dol de Bretagne

    by gwened Written Jan 6, 2015

    one of the pictoresque historical town of dept 35 ile et vilaine in Brittany, the town of Dol de Bretagne is Midway between Saint Malo and the Mont-Saint-Michel with Rennes at only 55 kms away. The town was built around a hill of cliffs high of about 20 meters all along the coast that is today the tourist route of Pontorson-Saint-Malo.

    It Cathedral of Saint Samson was done in granite stone from the 12C and 13C, with a great porch of the 14C, a smaller porch from the 13C and stained glass done in the 13C located in the choir. The tomb of Thomas James (16C) and the relics of Saint Samson and Saint Magloire are Inside.

    At the French revolution the Cathedral was turned into a temple of reason, stables, and warehouse. When back as a religious site it never recovered its bishophic rang. It was eliminated in the concordat of 1801, between State and Church properties and the territory split to the diocèses of Rennes, Saint-Brieuc, Quimper , and Évreux.

    The exterior has a stare character simple and big, the north tower is more of a castle than a belltower, and the South tower of 53 meters high has four levels with belltower. I was passing and no time to get Inside but it has about 9 chapels lots of wooden furniture, and organ there since 1575, the last one from 1979.

    The city page in French on it and more
    http://www.dol-de-bretagne.fr/fr/tourisme-108-147.html
    and more in English at the area tourist office in contact

    Cathedral of Saint Samson back of Cathedral Saint Samson rue centre towards Cathedral cross rue des perrons
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    Vitré

    by grayfo Updated Dec 12, 2014

    Vitré lays 35km east of Rennes and is located on the slopes of the Vilaine river. The castle is the focal point of the town with its powerful grey walls built into an unusual triangular plan, the castle is on the original 11th century site although it was extensively rebuilt and fortified in the 13th and 15th centuries. Surrounding the castle are the mainly pedestrianised medieval streets, with their fine old half-timbered buildings containing an assortment of restaurants and crêperies among their number. Must see sights/attractions include: the castle, the Notre-Dame church, the old Military Barracks and the Station to name but a few.

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    Fort la Latte, Cap Fréhel

    by gwened Written Nov 11, 2014

    This is a wonderful property with great views in a gorgeous area of Brittany. The Fort la Latte or fortress of Milk literally speaking.
    the tourist info in Brittany is here
    http://www.brittanytourism.com/discover-brittany/quintessential-brittany/cap-frehel-and-fort-la-latte
    and an official site of the fortress
    http://www.castlelalatte.com/en/

    It is gorgeous country and nice property a must to visit. It was previously caleed Roche-Goyon, and then château de Fort-la-Latte. It is an important Breton castle facing the sea as a guard against instruding Normans, it served as background to several films.

    The first castle was done in the 14C , and the castle was begun around 1340 . The fort has two castles one open towards a barbacane,and the other on the court of the castle; each one had a pont levis. IN the courtyard there was a well, a chapel, and defensive structures like cannons as well as the donjon tower. On the road to the castle you can see a small menhir that according to leyend is the finger of Gargantua.

    It had a bullet oven to allow to make cannon balls, The Dungeon is equipped with machicolations and several types of loopholes: the Crossbowmen crosshair for shooting the crossbow and the slits simple slot very elongated for the archery. Holes to shoot at the arquebus (smaller holes located on each side of the loopholes) and bombarde (large hole). A line of bombing is visible at the level of these loopholes and corresponds to the outlet of the castle in the 16C is accompanied by a cannonade of the Dungeon. Four sculptures representing the tetramorph according to Ezequiel is located at the yellow granite circle that surrounds the Dungeon. There, opposite the Châtelet, the Angel of St. Matthew, then the lion of St. mark, the Eagle of saint John (very damaged by time) and finally the Bull of St. Luke to the right of the entrance to the Dungeon.

    The entrance to the Dungeon revealed the presence of a third drawbridge today replaced by a staircase. The emblem of the Goyon-Matignon, a mermaid, Crown passage. The entrance to the Dungeon was protected by a Portcullis and a deadfall in the mousetrap. In the Dungeon, we find an exhibition on the work of restoration of the fort. The last piece supports the roof by a vault at crossroads of warhead dating from 1340.

    A very nice property to visit.

    entrance grill to Fort La Latte Barbacane of Fort la Latte chapel of Saint Michael inside Fort la Latte levy bridge on Fort la Latte gardens of Fort la Latte
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    Chapelle Sainte Barbe, Plouharnel

    by gwened Written Sep 14, 2014

    This is a small chapel and you need a car to go meandering very narrow Streets from the road that takes you to Quiberon from the N165. However, for the historical importance to the region is a must to see. The chapel Church is in a village call Pen er Bloé , which means from Breton the village at the end of the parrish. It is from the 16C

    On the back wall, there is a stairs that allowed you to reach the belltower. This belltower is famous since it was use as a lookout by General Hoche in 1795 during the invasion of the immigrant Bretons from England. It is an important monument in the Battle of Sainte-Barbe in the beforementioned expedition during the period of the rebel farmers uprisings against the French revolution known as the Chouannerie.

    a bit more from the parrish folks, I translate the story here
    Sainte Barbe is the patron saint of Gunners and firefighters. It invokes it to protect themselves from lightning.

    Sainte Barbe is a hamlet Northwest of Plouharnel. You can admire, among other things, 3 beautiful stained glass , a way of the cross of 15 stations designed and directed by the brother Armel Pacault monk at the Abbey of Ste Anne de Kergonan (Plouharnel), ceramic icon our Notre Dame de Bon Accueil offered by René Cassin, painter residing in the hamlet.

    Back a moment on the stained glass windows. The large stained glass window summarizes the life of Sainte Barbe and "reads" from bottom to top:
    The tower where his father locked him avoid contact with Christians.
    Father kills his daughter who refused to renounce his Christian faith.
    The heavenly punishment: the father is struck down.
    The left window shows a battle between the chouans in the "blues," soldiers of the Republic during the Revolution.
    The stained glass window of right represents boats lost in a storm.

    very nice solemn place to visit

    Chapelle Sainte Barbe arriving Chapelle Sainte Barbe the hamlet crosses and chapels front of Ste Barbe back to old belltower later lookout the altar of chapel Sainte Barbe
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    Church of Saint Melaine, interior, Moêlan-sur-Mer

    by gwened Written Aug 31, 2014

    the Church of Saint Melaine at Moêlan-sur-Mer.wonderful Inside.

    The site was a replacement of an older Church and this one was built in last part of the 19C. The belltower was built in 1887.

    Again some description from the tourist office across the street as not much elsewhere on it.

    It was built Latin Cross style in 1879 (replacing an older Church built in 1599) with the north porches and South aparts. Bell Tower and west porch done in granite stone with closed Chamber of bells and confined polygonal spire of four sharp pinnacles with four gables. Sacristy of square plan with the south of the bedside with bandwidth and packed with additional skylight . Arcades resting on pillars to columns involved wearing Corinthian to hooks. Chorus deep, polygonal, ambulatory opening onto three radiating chapels of polygonal plan. Slabs of granite-covered ground.basic strong modern construction.

    The Saint Melaine was a bishop of Rennes back in 505AD and it is considered the main bishop the city had and did his work at the time of the seven founders of the Church in Brittany.

    The tourist office is handle by the region of Quimperlé in contact, the city site is here in French
    http://www.moelan-sur-mer.fr/moelan-sur-mer/decouvrir-moelan-sur-mer

    Church of Saint Melaine, Altar behind altar, the chapels left nave to altar and side chapel left chapel nave of Saint Melaine
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    Church Saint Melaine, exterior,Moêlan-sur-Mer

    by gwened Written Aug 31, 2014

    We are getting near the beaches of Finistére driving around and this town was an intended stop, the Church was a pleasant surprise. That it, the Church of Saint Melaine at Moêlan-sur-Mer.

    The site was a replacement of an older Church and this one was built in last part of the 19C. The belltower was built in 1887.

    Again some description from the tourist office across the street as not much elsewhere on it.

    It was built Latin Cross style in 1879 (replacing an older Church built in 1599) with the north porches and South aparts. Bell Tower and west porch done in granite stone with closed Chamber of bells and confined polygonal spire of four sharp pinnacles with four gables. Sacristy of square plan with the south of the bedside with bandwidth and packed with additional skylight . Arcades resting on pillars to columns involved wearing Corinthian to hooks. Chorus deep, polygonal, ambulatory opening onto three radiating chapels of polygonal plan. Slabs of granite-covered ground.basic strong modern construction.

    The Saint Melaine was a bishop of Rennes back in 505AD and it is considered the main bishop the city had and did his work at the time of the seven founders of the Church in Brittany.

    The tourist office is handle by the region of Quimperlé in contact, the city site is here in French
    http://www.moelan-sur-mer.fr/moelan-sur-mer/decouvrir-moelan-sur-mer

    Church of Saint Melaine right back angle of Saint Melaine right side of Saint Melaine side main entrance Ch Saint Melaine
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    Dinard

    by grayfo Updated Aug 11, 2014

    North Brittany’s most sophisticated seaside resort is a pretty town with tree-lined streets, shops and restaurants. The town is located at the top of the Rance River, opposite St-Malo and until the mid-19th century was a small fishing port. Although a small port the fishing was important as most of the fishermen sought their catch far away in the seas around Newfoundland.

    The change in fortunes of Dinard started in about 1850 with the arrival of an English family (Faber); followed quickly by a number of wealthy American families. These arrivals signalled the start of a golden age for Dinard, which lasted until the start of the First World War. Dinard has something for everyone – broad sandy beaches, gardens, parks, a casino, Victorian-Gothic style villas and many hotels, which overlook the sea.

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    the beaches of Damgan.Penerf

    by gwened Written May 10, 2014

    a wonderful beach area full of seafood restos, and the center of Oyster cultivation. The beaches are littered with conch shelfs but in summer they are clean. lots of free parking on the road and parking spaces.

    beautiful walkway along the beaches that forms like a semi circular rotation on the bays.

    The first bathers are reported in 1860 and first cabins appear in 1877. These tourists, rare before WWII , undertook the construction of villas (Kerhabert, villa Sainte-Anne, Kerfleuret, etc.) and hotels were built to accommodate this clientele came to the beach. Tourists arrive in numbers in the second half of the 17C thus allowing the municipality take over a new economic boom with his development as a seaside resort.

    There is a bureau du port or harbormaster, with boat ramp and old canon guarding as souvenir of 1759 when two ships fought and came ashore here.And a wonderful part to do foot fishing in low tides and go for the cultivation of oysters, panels tell you to behave

    The large beach of Damgan: Direction Pénerf, you will discover the beach of St Guérin and the plage du Bill, beautiful creeks. Direction Kervoyal, there are two beaches: its grand plage and its petit plage popular beach sheltered from the wind from the West after passing the pointe of Kervoyal.

    The Dumet island (île Dumet) opposite Damgan, the cliffs of Pénestin (gold mine) are a permanent spectacle not to be missed! The lucky ones will have even the opportunity to see Houat and Hoëdic...islands in the Gulf of Morbihan!

    The beaches have showers on the grand plage of Damgan and the petit plage of Kervoyal. Ice cream vendors spend cool sunny afternoons. A beach club, open July and August, offers swimming lessons to children and adults.

    Post emergency (SNSM) on the grand plage of Damgan equipped for disabled
    persons.

    the dept tourist office in French at contact, and here is the city of Damgan on beaches in French
    http://www.damgan.fr/decouvrir-damgan/plages

    beach bay grand plage at Penerf the grand plage at pernerf the harbor petit plage and oyster cultivation afar the bay by the port beach of Penerf the canons rescue from gunbattle in 1759
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    Church Saint André, le Roc Saint-André

    by gwened Written May 8, 2014

    The Church of Saint André, done in 1901-1903. This church, built under the leadership of Abbot Pirio and following the plans of architect Arthur Regnault, replaces a former treviale of the 16C Church, shaved in 1901, due to aging. The altarpiece is the work of André Le Dréan. The Chair and the high altar are the work of Treguoet and Plédran. The paintings of Saint-Benoît and Saint Romuald, painted by Lhermitais and dated 1738, come from monastery of camaldolese of Roga de Saint Gognard.

    The arcades of the transepts, doors and windows are arched style. Many mutilated crests are indoors and outdoors. There are three paintings by the breton painter L'hermitais, from the convent of Roga. The West stands a square Pinnacle stone with two bays. On this side, the porch is formed by the extension of the nave: unique arrangement of its kind. The side altars are dedicated to the Blessed Virgin and the Sacré-Coeur. Private chapels were Sainte-Anne at the Villeder, and Notre Dame de la Bonne Nouvelle at the Val-Néant; they still exist in 1891. The chapelles of the district were:1 ° Notre Dame de la Bonne Nouvelle , founded in 1695 by Fr. Esmerault, and responsible for a mass every Monday. -2 Chapel of the Hague, founded by a member of this family and served in the Church of le Roc-Saint-André. -3 ° Chapel of Olivier Caret, founded in 1732 at the altar of the Blessed Virgin and to a mass every Saturday. In 1790, the Roc-Saint-André was built in in the canton of sérent () and the district of Ploërmel. His cure, Marc Le Thiec, refused the oath in 1791, and was soon forced into hiding. The property constituting the endowment of the chapelles could not escape confiscation or sale!

    Church Saint Andr�� front church Saint Andre back altar of church Saint Andr�� back wall from altar of church Saint Andr�� the nave of Chuch Saint Andr��
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    Cathedral St Etienne, Saint Brieuc , exteriors

    by gwened Updated May 4, 2014

    The city site in French
    http://www.saint-brieuc.fr/Le-patrimoine-briochin.748.0.html

    This is a huge building, solid rock all around it by place du Martray and there is still some renovation going in the chapels but open to the public for most of it.

    a bit of history I like
    The current Cathedral, Gothic style, was built from the 13C -18C. Some relics of saint Brieuc himself, dating from the 6C, are conserved. It was built on a swamp with wooden pillars.
    Some dates:
    1220: plan of the western façade of the Cathedral from the Cathedral of Noyon, Oise. Construction of the North Tower. She became the episcopal keep.
    1431-1436: construction of the South Tower ("Marie") suite to the generous donation of Duke Jean v. 17C construction of corbelets supporting the railing. Completion of the rose window of the nave in 1728. 789-1794: the Cathedral serves as a warehouse and delivery during the French revolution period. 1853: construction of a hourd topped a wooden pyramid. The corbelets are transformed into consoles of machicolations. 1889: construction of the central porch. The six hinges of the so-called north side door «Porte de du Martray» conducted around 1860 by the art ironworker Pierre Boulanger. Four of these hinges have been sawn to allow the opening of two small doors

    a bit of description on the exterior
    The exterior on the western façade has framed by two towers, devoid of ornaments, deadly breakthroughs and which one of them is even topped with a hourd, the western façade presents itself as the entry of a fortress than a religious building. Is that in the history of the city, the Cathedral has indeed repeatedly played the role of Citadel, and there is no doubt that the unknown master of the 15C had that in mind. The north tower or tour nord, known as Tower Brieuc, is equipped with embrasures and slits. The lower part, former porch restored and transformed in the 15C in a chapel dedicated to saint James, dates partly from the 13C; the top was rebuilt in the 15C and is home to the drone.

    The Tower, known as Tower Marie, was built in the 15C. She was once surmounted by a 26 meters spire destroyed by lightning in 1852, time where the current coverage on the plans of the architect Ruprich Robert was rebuilt. Between the two towers, the main, renovated porch largely in 1889, however retains elements of the 13C. The gear recessed that overcomes it pierced a rosary from the 15C.

    The North Facade of the nave, overlooking the Martray and dating from the 18C. Adjacent to the North Wing of the transept, is found the sacristy. It is a building of the 14-15C, partly hidden by a shop, but with some interesting details, among others a stair Tower and a small kiosk topped by a grotesque. The North gable of the transept, which was rebuilt during the episcopate of Jean de Malestroit (1404-1419), has had its fully renovated fenestration in 1852. It is surmounted by a clock mentioned in the 18C as being the only one in the city.

    The apse, flanked by chapels of the 14C and the beginning of the 16C, date from the 14C show the arms of Bishop Guy of Montfort (1335-1357) if curiously filed on the foothills. Bypassing the bedside, you arrive at the door of the Virgin, breakthrough only in 1852.

    You then reach the southern wing of the transept which the wall is still decorated with a cornice with modillions and the gable is decorated with a beautiful fenestration of the 15C restored in 1862-1864. At this wing is adjacent to the chapel of the Annunciation. This charming Chapel, begun by the Bishop Jean Prigent (1462-1472) and completed by Olivier du Chastel (1505-1523), has replaced the Saint-Mathurin chapel built, according to tradition, by the care of saint Guillaume. Elegant turret leads to the room which overcomes it, known as the bookstore. This Chapel and also on the South side of the nave which is where the baptismal chapel was built in the 15C.

    Dimensions: length 74 meters; Width at the transepts: 40 meters; height of the vaults: 10 meters; height of the Tower Brieuc (North): 28 meters; height of the Tower Marie (South): 33 meters.

    Outside, one admires, with a little hindsight, the two towers:
    the Tour Brieuc, on the left (13C, with a Bumblebee of 4,000 kg);
    the tour Marie (or MIDI), right (15C, with a Bumblebee of 2,800 kg); who have served both in the defence of this 'Cathedral-fortress'.

    indeed it looks like a fortress more than a cathedral as you circle it.wonderful.you must see it.

    Cathedral Saint Etienne front entrance the back on rue saint gilles the back side of Cathedral St Etienne the front closeup main entrance to Cathedral
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    Cathedral St Etienne, Saint Brieuc, interiors

    by gwened Updated May 4, 2014

    The city on it in French
    http://www.saint-brieuc.fr/Le-patrimoine-briochin.748.0.html

    This is a huge building, solid rock all around it by place du Martray and there is still some renovation going in the chapels but open to the public for most of it.

    a bit of history I like
    The current Cathedral, Gothic style, was built from the 13C -18C. Some relics of saint Brieuc himself, dating from the 6C, are conserved. It was built on a swamp with wooden pillars.
    Some dates:
    1220: plan of the western façade of the Cathedral from the Cathedral of Noyon, Oise. Construction of the North Tower. She became the episcopal keep.
    1431-1436: construction of the South Tower ("Marie") suite to the generous donation of Duke Jean v. 17C construction of corbelets supporting the railing. Completion of the rose window of the nave in 1728. 789-1794: the Cathedral serves as a warehouse and delivery during the French revolution period. 1853: construction of a hourd topped a wooden pyramid. The corbelets are transformed into consoles of machicolations. 1889: construction of the central porch. The six hinges of the so-called north side door «Porte de du Martray» conducted around 1860 by the art ironworker Pierre Boulanger. Four of these hinges have been sawn to allow the opening of two small doors

    bit description of the interior from the diocese
    The nave, rebuilt from 1712 to 1715, gives an impression of great heaviness with its massive pillars and its large high windows, and does not offer the slightest character. It is not the case of the chapel of the Annunciation, opened on the South side and communicating with the southern wing of the transept, which is a remarkable performance.
    Transept. The pillars of the square of the transept have been rolled up in the 14C so that shows it the diversity of the capitals. The pillar Northwest, re-edited a second time in the 18C, during the reconstruction of the nave.

    The vault of the nave was redone in the 15C, then in 1880, as well as those of the wings. Each of these included formerly two-span vaulted on arcs warheads, vaults which were replaced in 1880 by three arches equal and lighter. A square plan, but once circular and forming apsidal Chapel, opens in the wall East of each wing.

    Chorus. -That is, with the chapel of the Annunciation, the most interesting part of the Cathedral. It was built of a single jet by the Bishop Guy of Montfort, after the fire of 1353, and is any Anglo-Norman inspiration. Its polygonal chevet then replaced the circular apse that previously existed. It has elevation three floors: the large arches, triforium and clerestory windows. The large arches, simply epannelees, is based on pillars with circular capitals; the triforium is garnished with a balustrade decorated with quatrefeuilles and it is noted a curious asymmetry on each side of the apse; Finally, the tall windows have their walk a continuous circulation gallery that is fitted with a handrail in 1905.

    The choir is surrounded by a carole on which come open the following chapels starting on the side of the Gospel: chapel Saint-Gilles, founded in the 15C by white D'Avaugour, Lady of Kergroix, and from which a stairway winner the upper floors; Chapelle des morts de la guerre; Montfort Chapel, now destroyed; apsidal chapel dedicated to our Lady , dating from the 14C, but with later rebuilt in 1866; chapels Sainte-Anne and Saint-Yves, dating from the early 16C and due to the Bishop Christophe de Penmarch and his brother Louis, Saint-Brieuc .Finally passing and little cash, converted Chapel of the reliquary in 1896.

    its impressive and if anything Worth stopping by to see it .

    nave to altar of  Cathedral  Saint Etienne Baptismal chapel the Chaire at Cathedral from Altar to back organ the organ
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    Les forges de Paimpoint

    by gwened Written Apr 27, 2014

    These are forges or foundaries that long ago extrait coal and metal from the pits nearby. The area is now Under renovation and it hosts many events even marriages. its a quaint picturesques area of Paimpont just along the D224 direction Beignon.

    Les Forges de Paimpont. Open from 14h to 18H cost of 6€ per person, you see a foundary site as it was in the middle ages, with a chapel, and now ok to reserve for events and marriages etc. It is a private property today. This is Worth stopping by indeed.

    I give the description from the site and I translate my best, As early as 1675, Des Forges settled in the heart of the forest of Paimpont / Brocéliande. Forges in wood, they benefit from a good iron ore, and a hydraulic network set up by the monks from the middle age (7 ponds lead to the etang des Forges). Now, the 3 components of a forge are gathered here, the ore, wood and water (we talk about Forges but we could earlier talk of plant iron and cast iron).

    In the 17C, the ironworks begin their activity through a furnace and a refinery. They are placed down the dike to draw hydraulic power generated by the flow of water from the pond. The used fuel is charcoal produced in the forest. In the eighteenth century, Diderot and d’Alembert retain the refinery to illustrate “the encyclopedia”. The production was 500 tons of cast iron and 360 tons of iron. Des Forges ensure orders linked to the war of independence of the United States of America.

    The maison de Maître de Forges, as well as worker homes are built start 18C on a plan or map of the 17C. In the 19C, during the reign of king Louis XVIII, the Forges must modernise; a State of the art made (which gave us a beautiful series of detailed plans visible at the National Archives in Paris). To follow: The construction of a second blast furnace wood, A mill equipped with ovens Puddler powered by coal from Earth or the Coke. A foundry building equipped with the same technology as that of the rolling mill. In 1850, we will be at the height of the production of iron and cast iron. (1500 tons of cast iron and 1000 tons of iron). 250 people will work for these Forges, 1/3 of the workforce is present in the Forges and 2/3 work in the forest to produce charcoal, remove and wash the ore. Wood and ore are brought at the Forges by carts pulled by horses.

    Competitive forces from foreign firms , especially English, made the furnaces stop in 1866 and then resume activity for the war of 1870 to stop permanently in 1880. In the 20C, the Forges buy in the external market of cast iron and iron at lower cost to make agricultural tools, boilers and other equipment to furnished our Region. We can observe some products manufactured in these Forges (screw press, chimney plates, forged… nails) of slag (slag = rejection of the merger of iron ore) are visible in some masonry. This activity will stop in 1954.

    Today, these Forges are registered on the supplementary list of Historic Monuments since 2001 (I.S.M.H.). A restoration program is committed with the assistance of the State, the Council régional de Bretagne, Conseil Général D’ille et Vilaine and the owner.

    the warehouse now maquettes and dance the foundary ovens were here the now welcome house for visitors the Chapel for prayers the lakes provided water to the foundary
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    Secrets door of Brocéliande, porte des secrets

    by gwened Written Apr 27, 2014

    There are shows every 20 minutes or so and 7,50€ adult for admission. It tells you how the work is done in the forest, forges of metals, cutting the trees, just every day life in the forest of merlin.

    The show is right Inside the tourist office building to the right upon entering it.
    From April to October and during the school holidays: daily (meeting every 20 minutes, from 9:40 at 11:40 and from 2 pm to 4 pm (5 pm from April to September)).
    -From November to March: every day except Monday and Tuesday. Meeting every 20 minutes, from 9:40 at 11:40 and 14: 00 to 16: 00.
    Closed on 25 December and 1 January.

    you have the official site in contact ,and the tourist office is here
    http://tourisme-broceliande.com/spip.php?article427

    and ,also,in French,you have a pdf file that beautifully describe the wonderful show; you can translate it with Google or bing, it is long but it explains it all.
    http://www.coupsdecoeurmorbihan.com/upload/pdf/1360143602.pdf

    le porte des secrets + tourist office of Paimpont back patio of the tourist office/porte des secrets
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