Religious heritage is very present in the Pontivy Communauté area. Whether abbey, church or chapel, there are hundreds of these jewels to marvel at and take you through the centuries! Some of them are more unusual than others, but they all have a history and an undeniable charm of our region. 

The must-haves

We've put together a small selection of buildings you won't want to miss. Take a stroll and pay close attention to what's around you - there are some jewels right in front of your eyes.

The chapels

Our Lady of Quelven

To the south of our territory, the imposing Notre-Dame de Quelven chapel The 70-metre high church in Guern overlooks the charming village of Quelven. Take a look at every detail to discover all its richness, not forgetting the Scala Sancta, the square loggia on the outside. 

Yohann Hamonic

Unusual chapels

Enter these heritage sites rich in objects, paintings and stories.

Our Lady of Carmès

To the north, go through the Notre-Dame de Carmès chapel in Neulliac. As part of the Art in Chapels programme, a guide will accompany you under the vault, where you will be amazed to see the magnificent painted panelling dating from the 15th century.e and 17e centuries.

When out and about, look out for the many crosses and calvaries lining our roads and lanes. They are witnesses to our history, located at crossroads that were very important to daily life in days gone by.

Just a few metres from the chapels, before your very eyes, you'll see some very special fountains, such as those on the Trinity in Cléguérec, to the west, or from Sainte-Noyale in Noyal-Pontivy, to the east. Some are the source of miraculous beliefs with therapeutic powers.

There are other special features of our region, this time to the east. In the hamlet of Saint-Fiacre in Radenac, the building consists of a double chapel, built one after the other in the 15th century.e and 16e centuries.

Complete your tour with a visit to one of our many chapels:

Art in the chapels

From July to September, take a guided tour of the chapels and learn all about their history. These chapels are open as part of the Art in the Chapels.

Timadeuc Abbey

Nearby, in Bréhan, stands an abbey dating from the 19th century.e century: Timadeuc Abbey. It is still occupied by Cistercian-Trappist monks, who will show you around their estate and let you taste their delicious products such as fruit paste and cheese. 

To complete your address book, make a note of :

  • Bon Repos Abbey in Bon-Repos-sur-Blavet
  • the churches of Saint-Mériadec in Stival
  • impériale Saint-Joseph in Pontivy.

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