St Peter’s Church, Ploudiry – France Day 6

The day dawned grey and wet, and I wasn’t feeling good – the driver’s cold had taken up residence in me – so, instead of countryside walking, we set off to explore churches – Enclos Paroissials – and to visit Landerneau.

St Peter’s Church, Ploudiry was the first stop.

Ploudiry Church, with South Porch of 1665
Ploudiry Church, with South Porch of 1665
The spire of St Peter's Church, Ploudiry
The spire of St Peter’s Church, Ploudiry

The South Porch was built in 1665 and inside were extraordinary carvings. These fantastical figures seem to have little to do with religion – where do they come from? I was reminded of Assyrian figures.

Winged Assyrian Bull (Wikipedia)
Winged Assyrian Bull (Wikipedia)

And on the outside of the South Porch Arch this somewhat nonchalent Adam and Eve!

Adam & Eve on the South Porch arch, Ploudiry Church
Adam & Eve on the South Porch Arch, Ploudiry Church
Children? on the South Porch Arch, Ploudiry Church
Children? on the South Porch Arch, Ploudiry Church

The Ossuary dates to 1635, with Death standing to attention on the frieze, marshalling his flock from all walks of life.

The Ossuary, Ploudiry
The Ossuary, Ploudiry
Carvings on the Ossuary, Ploudiry
Carvings on the Ossuary, Ploudiry

And then back into the car and on to La Martyre.

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