La Martyre Church – France Day 6

La Martyre is so-called because in June 874 King Salomon of Brittany was assassinated in the Church, and subsequently canonised – presumably for good works during his lifetime.

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The historical plan of La Martyre

The Church beyond the Triumphal Arch (15C/16C) with a Lookout Post on the left. The slightly later Ossuary (1619) is attached to the church and concealed behind the wall in the photograph below.

La Martyre

La Martyre

The Archway, La Martyre

The Triumphal Archway, La Martyre, 15C/15C

The South Porch (mid-1400s) is quite small, and very detailed, with statues of the Twelve Apostles inside – they are often found inside the Porches.

The South Porch, La Martyre, on the right, and the Ossuary on the left

The South Porch, La Martyre, on the right, and the Ossuary on the left

The tympanum over the South Porch, La Martyre

The tympanum over the South Porch, La Martyre – love the cows!

Around the archway an angel, the three kings – and someone playing lacrosse? And what is a caryatid doing here?

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Once through the door I couldn’t quite believe what I was seeing.

The ceiling of La Martyre Church

The ceiling of La Martyre Church

From the Treasury, La Martyre

From the Treasury, La Martyre

And whose coat of arms is this?

La Martyre

The windows are beautiful.

Stained glass of 1535, La Martyre Church

Stained glass of 1535, La Martyre Church

Stained glass of 1535, La Martyre Church

Stained glass of 1535, La Martyre Church

Stained glass, La Martyre Church

Stained glass, La Martyre Church

The canopy of the Font is by Jean le Moing and dates to 1635.

The Font, La Martyre Church

The Font, La Martyre Church

So many beautiful things – but I feel frustrated by how much I don’t understand!

You may be interested in
La Martyre
The Church Enclosures in Brittany
La Martyre & here & here