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Gallery: Churches of Brittany
by Peter Kessler, 13 December 2009. Updated 29
Finistere Part 3: Churches of Plouguerneau to
Église de Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul
(Church of St Peter & St Paul) Plouguerneau, stands in the centre of
the village, on the D13 road, a kilometre or so from the sea shore.
The ancient church was rebuilt in 1851. In 1975 the nave windows,
which were in a very poor condition, were removed for refurbishment.
The village is notable for developing strong ties with the German
town of Edingen Neckerhausen, resulting in a great number of
Menez-Mikael-an-Are is a tiny chapel
in the Brest arrondissement of Finistere in Brittany - the
peninsula's north-western corner. This is a beautiful stretch of
countryside in the Mont d'Arree, the highest and oldest hills in
Brittany, and the chapel rests on its second-highest point (381
metres) on a hill called Menez Mikael (Michael's Mount). From the top of the hill it is possible to
gain a 360-degree panorama of scenery much like that
of Scotland, very unusual here.
During the sixth century, after being settled by
migrating Romano-Britons, the British kingdom of Leon encompassed
the area, before it was absorbed by the kingdom of Brittany. A date
cannot be found for the chapel's construction, but it is located off
road D785, around five kilometres east of the town of Saint-Rivoal
and about a similar distance north of Le Moënnec, just south of the
junction with road D42. It overlooks the Réservoir de Saint-Michel,
about 35 kilometres east of Brest.
St Yves Church, Huelgoat, dates from 1591 but
has undergone two restorations. Huelgoat was raised to the status of a
town in 1790, at the same time becoming the capital of the canton,
despite protests from the town of Berrien. It gained its own parish in
1801. In the nineteenth century the church was destroyed after being
struck by lightening, and had to be rebuilt. It has been classified as
an historic monument since 28 October 1926, but had to be rebuilt again
Two photos on this page contributed by Vincent
Donato, and two by Colin Hinson.