Chapel of Saint-Étienne de Guer

Guer, France

Chapelle Saint-Étienne de Guer is the oldest surviving chapel in Brittany. It was probably built in the 9th century, but there are several remains of Gallo-Roman times. The chapel was joined to Paimpont Abbey in 1399 and there are fine mural paintings from the early 1400s. The next restoration was made in 1631.

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Saint-Étienne 734, Guer, France
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Founded: 9th century
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Frankish kingdoms (France)

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Laetitia Pihery (3 years ago)
Christine AVIGNON (3 years ago)
A découvrir ! (je recommande la visite guidée, très intéressante !)
Dominique P (3 years ago)
Une superbe chapelle qui mérite le détour! Nous y sommes allés un peu par hasard après la visite du site mégalithique de Monteneuf et nous avons été ravis par l'accueil du guide et ses connaissances! Nous en profitons pour le remercier de nous avoir fait partager ce moment en nous expliquant des choses passionnantes sur ce très vieux prieuré! Visite sympa à recommander mais avec les explications du guide! Un lieu peu connu mais qui mérite d'être visité!
Gaelle Mlbrt (3 years ago)
Site magnifique et guide très compétent. À ne pas manquer
SABRINNA MOREL (4 years ago)
Le jeu de piste "le secret d'apolline" était intéressant.
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