Small village of Morbihan, in Brittany region, Guern is located about sixty kilometers from Vannes, near Pontivy, Locmalo, Guéméné-sur-Scorff.
Former property of the viscount of Rohan, the town was populated since the Bronze Age, as evidenced by the many remains found on site. Guern was really born at the end of the eighteenth century, following the French Revolution, becoming a city in its own right. Since then, the village has mainly turned to agriculture and livestock, specializing in rye, buckwheat, or hives.
Very old, the municipality of Guern has preserved from these centuries of history an important architectural heritage still visible today. Visitors enjoy this dive in the past and discover with pleasure the traditions of this region with many mysteries.
Listed as a Historical Monument, the Notre-Dame-de-Quelven Basilica dates from the 15th century. An important place of pilgrimage dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, it reveals an exterior of flamboyant Gothic style and is surrounded by a fountain remedying sterility and Scala Sancta, both listed as Historical Monuments. Inside, you can admire an opening Virgin with an illustration of the Trinity in the Virgin, an English alabaster of the fifteenth century representing the coronation of the Virgin, or a group of St. George slaying the dragon in polychrome wood of the fourteenth century. La Scala Sancta built on an area in the first half of the 18th century forms a square loggia flanked by flat pilaster angles.
Built in the 15th century and rebuilt at the end of the 18th century, the Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul church has a four-poster porch on its south side and houses a polychrome wooden statue of the 16th century nursing virgin..
While strolling in the town, do not forget to admire the other chapels present like those of Saint-Jean of the XVIth century, of Saint-Meldéoc de Locmeltro and its fountain, of Boderel of the XVIIIe century, of Saint-Gilles of the XVIIe century, St. Salomon and Guermeur.
Listed in Historical Monuments, the Locmeltro columns are of Gallo-Roman or protohistoric origin, according to the different historians of the region. These monoliths take place in the enclosure of the Saint-Meldéoc chapel and were christianized in the 19th century. The smallest is now used as a holy water font. Just next door, the Calvary is also registered with the Historical Monuments. It dates from the 18th century.
In the historic center of the village of Guern, you will appreciate the typical old houses of this part of Morbihan, as well as the famous Devil's house located in Locmeltro.
Private property, the manor of Menorval can be admired from the outside. It reveals an inscription, 1557, which probably bears witness of its date of construction.
The market is held every Wednesday morning. A garage sale is organized in June. Every Tuesday in July and August, the valley of Kerlenn offers entertainment in the late afternoon as a market, convivial meals or activities around the nature.
At the end of July, the town organizes its local festivals with animations.
The Angel Festival takes place at Quelven on the Sunday closest to August 15th.
Between July and August, the Thursdays of Quelven are an opportunity to visit the chapel and attend organ concerts.