ArabicChinese (Simplified)DutchEnglishFrenchGermanGreekHindiItalianJapanesePortugueseRussianSpanish

Brittany

Prieure Saint Etienne - Broceliande Forest

This page was updated on: Sunday, December 10, 2017 at: 3:14 pm

Prieure Saint Etienne, one of France's oldest

The Prieure Saint Etienne stands on the edge of the Forêt de Brocéliande, near the town of Guer in the heart of Brittany.

Farmland and pastures now replace this part of the legendary forest.

It seems that the Prieure Saint Etienne was founded in 1140.

As many religious buildings, it was erected on a Gallo-Roman site, most likely a temple.

The structure of the walls show that the old temple's stones were re-used to build the chapel and its priory.

It is therefore the oldest chapel (known to date) in the department of Morbihan.

The priory's tiny chapel looks very modest at first sight.

However, it contains an amazing religious and architectural heritage.

Architectural and religious heritage

Indeed, you'll find 15th century walls paintings, a 17th century altarpiece and statue of St. Etienne and a 13th century statue of St. Onnène, Judicael's sister.

The architectural structure of the building was heavily modified in the early 15th century and the walls of the nave repainted.

However, another series of major transformations occurred in the 1630s at the instigation of the Abbot Guillaume Provost.

These included the opening of new windows, a bell tower, a new altar and the restoration of the old prior's accommodation.

You'll find find the engraved commemorative slab from 1633 on the wall by the priory's entrance door.

The priory was converted into a farm in the early 18th century.

Sadly, the chapel was no longer in use, and slowly fell in disrepair.

Both the chapel and the priory were confiscated and sold as national property during the French Revolution.

The chapel was even converted into a barn!

Fortunately, both building are now listed Historical Monuments.

They were also fully restored in 2011-12.

The chapel is now open to the public, however, only during the summer months.

The other sites of the magical Forêt de Brocéliande

Tombeau de Merlin, Fontaine de Jouvence, Chêne des Hindrés, Château de Comper, Chêne d'Eon or Chêne à Guillotin, Fontaine de Barenton, Jardin aux Moines, Eglise du Graal in Tréhorenteuc, Miroir aux Fées and Arbre d'Or in the Val Sans Retour, Hostié de Viviane or Tombeau des Druides, Tombeau des Géants ou Roche à la Vieille, Abbey of Paimpont, Forges de Paimpont and Pierres Droites

Department of Morbihan
Directions: From Guer, follow D772 towards Augan-Ploërmel for 3km then turn left on a country lane marked to Prieure Saint Etienne.
Coordinates: Lat 47.903827 - Long -2.171323

Kerascoet thatched cottages in Nevez

Nevez, from Anse de Poulguin to Port Manech

Nevez, a picturesque rural district located by the mouth of the Aven, boasts many tourist spots such as Kerascoet village, Hénan tide mill and Port Manech
Early morning in Pont-Aven

Pont-Aven, Gauguin and La Cité des Artistes

Pont-Aven, a small seaport nestled in the Aven estuary and worldwide known for the School of Pont-Aven, an artistic group founded by the painter Gauguin
La Pointe du Grouin - Ile des Landes, Chenal de la Vieille Rivière and lighthouse

Pointe du Grouin, a rocky spur south of the Baie du Mont Saint-Michel

La Pointe du Grouin, a rocky spur and protected natural site on the Emerald Coast in Brittany, marks the south boundary of the Baie du Mont Saint-Michel
Colonne du Guesclin marks the site of the castle

Colonne du Guesclin – La Motte-Broons

The Colonne du Guesclin was erected in 1841 on the site of the Château de la Motte-Broons, the castle of Bertrand du Guesclin that was pulled down in 1616

Sign up to our newsletter

Travel France Online will use the information you provide on this form to keep in touch with you and to provide updates via our newsletter. By selecting the boxes on the form you confirm your acceptance to receive our newsletter.

You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us at admin@travelfranceonline.com

We will treat your information with respect. For more information please visit our privacy policy page