Lampaul-Guimiliau

Days 7 and 8 in France passed in a haze of antibiotics and painkillers, but on Day 10, stuffed with medication, I pulled myself out of bed for some gentle exploration and we set off to look at the recommended stars of the Enclos Paroissials – Lampaul-Guimiliau, Guimiliau, and St Thegonnec.

The Church of Notre Dame, Lampaul-Guimiliau, was built in the late 16C, (1573 is engraved over a doorway) and lost the top of its spire to lightning in 1809. There are interesting and beautiful details on the building.

The Church of Notre Dame, Lampaul-Guimiliau

The Church of Notre Dame, Lampaul-Guimiliau

The Ossuary dates to 1667.

The Ossuary, Lampaul-Guimiliau

The Ossuary, Lampaul-Guimiliau

The Ossuary, Lampaul-Guimiliau

The Ossuary, Lampaul-Guimiliau

There are two Calvaries – one on top of the Triumphal Arch, and the other (below) freestanding inside the enclosure.

The Calvary, Lampaul-Guimiliau, with a demon under the bad robber and an angel under the good

The Calvary, Lampaul-Guimiliau, with a demon under the bad robber and an angel under the repentant man

The South Porch dates to 1553.

The Apostles in the South Porch, Lampaul-Guimiliau

The Apostles in the South Porch, Lampaul-Guimiliau

Inside the Church are remarkable sights.

The 16C Rood Screen, Lampaul-Guimiliau

The 16C Rood Screen, Lampaul-Guimiliau

Carved beams, Lampaul-Guimiliau

Carved beams, Lampaul-Guimiliau

The Font, Lampaul-Guimiliau

The Font, Lampaul-Guimiliau

There are beautiful details in the church, such as the 17C carved stalls in the choir, and the stained glass windows.

Stained glass windows, Lampaul-Guimiliau

Stained glass windows, Lampaul-Guimiliau

And the Retable of the Passion, the central part of which comes from Antwerp.

The Retable of the Passion, Lampaul-Guilmiliau

The Retable of the Passion, Lampaul-Guimiliau

There were two extraordinary carvings in the church. The Entombment of Christ was carved in tuffeau, a soft, calcareous stone, by Antoine Chavagnac in 1676. He came from Clermont-Ferrand and was a Master Sculptor to the King. Cordoned off in a corner of the Church it is a startling piece which used to be housed in the Ossuary.

The Entombment of Christ by Antoine Chavagnac, Lampaul-Guimiliau

Entombment of Christ by Antoine Chavagnac, Lampaul-Guimiliau

 Entombment of Christ by Antoine Chavagnac, Lampaul-Guimiliau

Entombment of Christ by Antoine Chavagnac, Lampaul-Guimiliau

 Entombment of Christ by Antoine Chavagnac, Lampaul-Guimiliau

Entombment of Christ by Antoine Chavagnac, Lampaul-Guimiliau

A Descent from the Cross was carved from a single block of oak and has been dated to 1520. I found the Christ painfully realistic.

Descent from the Cross, Lampaul-Guimiliau

Descent from the Cross, Lampaul-Guimiliau

Descent from the Cross, Lampaul-Guimiliau

Descent from the Cross, Lampaul-Guimiliau

Descent from the Cross, Lampaul-Guimiliau

Descent from the Cross, Lampaul-Guimiliau

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