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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A visit to Lampaul-Guimiliau, with photographs

5 comments

  1. Really nice photography! Saw the Church of Notre Dame, but from a distance. These pictures really bring the details of the structure closer. I love the stained glass windows as well. Thanks for sharing these, Candy! Lynn M.

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    • Thank you! These churches are just spectacular, and quite often the camera allowed me to ‘see’ details which were not visible to the naked eye as the churches can also be quite gloomy.

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