As in all of Brittany, in every town in Morbihan, you can find an abundant religious heritage : chapels, churches, calvaries or fountains with miraculous waters.
These places of worship and devotion often share the space with the remains of older cults as evidenced by the presence of standing stones near a fountain, the construction of a chapel at the top of a neolithic tumulus or a christianized menhir ...
We offer you here some ideas for discovering this legacy La Trinité sur Mer.
The chapels and healing fountains of Carnac
Saint Michel Chapel
The initial St Michel Chapel was built in the 6th century and modified and restored over time.
It is located on the highest point of Carnac, at the top of a tumulus, a megalithic monument of imposing size (125m long, 60m wide and 10m high).
From there, you can expect a magnificent view of Quiberon Bay and its islands, and the entire Carnac area.
About 300 metres away, you can reach Saint Michel's Fountain by a path that circles the tumulus on the left :
"The legend goes that if you have been robbed, you must go to the fountain on a Monday morning on an empty stomach. Throw pieces of bread into the water of the pool, pronouncing the names of those you suspect. If the piece of bread immediately sinks after saying the name, you have identified the thief !"
The chapel and its fountain have long been frequented by the wives of sailors who came to ask for favorable winds for their husbands at sea.
The vilage of Saint Colomban
Saint Colomban Chapel dates back to the late 16th century.
It is dedicated to the Irish monk St Colomban who settled in Brittany around 610. He is the patron saint of the simple-minded.
With its granite houses, the small village of Saint Colomban has kept all its authenticity and plunges you far into the past ....
Like many other chapels, that of Saint Colomban is associated with a fountain located at the entrance of the village.
Surrounded by small menhirs and two stone basins, this devotional fountain was used to cure madness and the heads of simple-minded people were dipped in the waters
Chapelle de la Madeleine
The site of the chapel was formerly a leper colony. The current chapel was rebuilt in 1976.
Next to the chapel, a fountain, whose water is sought to cure fevers and skin diseases.
The"Pardon" : a Breton religious festival
A Pardon is a form of pilgrimage mainly encountered in Brittany. No less than 1,200 pardons are celebrated each year in Brittany and great Pardons such as that of Sainte Anne d'Auray gather thousands of people ...
These processions during which men and women in traditional costumes bear banners, crosses, relics and statues of local saints are an integral part of Breton culture.
These three chapels in Carnac host Pardons every year:
- Pardon Saint Michel Chapel : the last Sunday of September.
- Pardon Saint Colomban Chapel: 1st Sunday of August.
- Pardon of the Chapelle de la Madeleine: the 4th Sunday of July.
In the center of Carnac, is Saint Cornely's Curch, a Breton saint and protector of horned animals.
His Pardon was once the most important of Brittany, with people coming to have their herds blessed.
Many pilgrims still come today, on the 2nd Sunday of September.
Art detour : visiting the chapels in the Auray region
Détour d'Art is a cultural event that invites you, every summer, to discover the chapels of the Auray region through free or guided tours, and activities offered by volunteers.
Here are some visits to focus on :
Saint Avoye Chapel
Listed as a Historic Monument, this 16th century chapel is a jewel of the Renaissance. Nestled in a beautiful hamlet along the Bono River, it has one of the only preserved jubes in Brittany.
The only Carthusian chapel in Brittany, this exceptional site in Auray, has traveled through History from the 14th century to the present day. Its cloister and mausoleum are listed as Historic Monuments. It houses the largest painted cycle in Morbihan.
Saint Quirin chapel
Located in Brec'h, the sanctuary of Saint Quirin is organized around a chapel and a fountain. It is considered a place of miracles, as evidenced by numerous ex-votos: Saint Quirin was called upon to know if a child would walk.
This 17th century chapel houses one of the most beautiful altarpieces in Morbihan.
Below, is the healing fountain: to heal a child's, its shirt was thrown in the water. If the shirt floated, the first steps of the child's life would be without any problems ...