PLOUGASNOU AND TERENEZ, CELTIC ORIGINS
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The community (plou) Plougasnou was presumably founded by populations from the British Isles tired by the Danish and Saxon pirates incursions. They imported the name of their homeland with them: Domnonée . The coast is so extensive overgrown with woods, abandoned by people fleeing the rampage in the fifth century. Uncultivated land was cleared long after the arrival of the first settlers since premiums are still mentioned in the writings of the seventeenth century, granted to hunters came to destroy the wolves terrorizing the population.
Following the “Reformation” undertaken by François 1er (Investigation by which the nobles have to prove their noble descent, status that allowed them to evade taxes) on the Breton country, it appears that in the municipality of Plougasnou there was a large concentration of manors and aristocrat people.
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The site of the Baie de Terenez is 16 minutes from the campsite
The Church of Plougasnou which dates back to the eleventh century presents many unique decorative elements: a Renaissance niche with the statue of St. Peter, an interior door lined with fluted columns, another niche with pieta . The church has a powerful granite tower equipped with robust buttresses needed to face the ocean storms. Nearby you can admire La chapelle du Sacre that served as altar to the Holy Sacrament during religious processions, many in the region. You can see wood carvings on the roof supports parts of the beams. Finally a small oratory masterfully designed stone dedicated to Our Lady of Loreto.
Besides the noble past of its houses, Plougasnou particularly distinguished himself during the 39/45 war through acts of resistance. It was also the first city to join the call of General de Gaulle. A first boat “L’oiseau des tempetes” during the entry of German troops in Morlaix, set sail for England. It will be followed by many boats that will carry over 350 men to join General. Those remained Plougasnou are organizing to fight the enemy and affect them many times paying a heavy price for it.For these acts of war, the city was awarded the medal of the Resistance.
The cove of Terenez port is a protected natural area of major ecological importance. The GR 34 (the coastal footpath) to browse the coast with an exceptional view of the bay with seven islands The Vezoul, Ar hlaz Koz, Green Island, Beg Lemm, the Ricard, Île aux Dames and Sable containing the bird sanctuary. Its small port, away from the ocean and fury of the crowd is still a shelter for boaters.
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