Guimiliau Church

Guimiliau is named after Miliau, a Breton Prince who was assassinated at some point between 6C and 9C and subsequently canonised, and means the place or town of Miliau. We isited to see the Church, another of the remarkable Enclos Paroissials in the Élorn Valley. On the pretext that I needed to wrap some food around all the drugs I was taking we first enjoyed a wonderful galette!

Guimiliau
Guimiliau

The 16C Church is the usual complex of walled enclosure, Triumphal Archway, Calvary, Ossuary, and Church.

The Ossuary, Guimiliau
The Ossuary, Guimiliau

The Calvary is monumental and needs time to photograph and see all the c.200 figures carved, as usual, from granite.

The Calvary at Guimiliau
The Calvary at Guimiliau
The Calvary, Guimiliau
The Calvary, Guimiliau

The South Porch is elaborate, with apostles, curious Mediaeval carvings, and a Greek tympanum!

The tympanum over the South Porch, Guimiliau
The tympanum over the South Porch, Guimiliau
The Apostles in the South Porch, Guimiliau
The Apostles in the South Porch, Guimiliau

Inside the Church there was another vaulted ceiling, and wonderful wood carvings.

Interior of the Church, Guimiliau
Interior of the Church, Guimiliau
The Church interior, Guimiliau
The Church interior, Guimiliau
Carving on the edge of the organ loft, Guimiliau
Carving on the edge of the organ loft, Guimiliau
The carved pulpit of 1677, Guimiliau
The carved pulpit of 1677, Guimiliau
The carved pulpit of 1677, Guimiliau
The carved pulpit of 1677, Guimiliau

The Font or Baptistry has elaborately and wonderfully carved pillars, and dates from 1675. Birds and snails are enjoying the grapes, watched by a cheeky cherub.

The Baptistry, Guimiliau Church
The Baptistry, Guimiliau Church

There are interesting details on the outside of the building wherever you look.

Guimiliau Church
Guimiliau Church
Guimiliau Church
Guimiliau Church
A small, old Ossuary attached to the South Porch, Guimiliau
A small, old Ossuary attached to the South Porch, Guimiliau
The Sacristy, Guimiliau Church, with a corner of the Calvary
The Sacristy, Guimiliau Church, with a corner of the Calvary
The Church at Guimiliau
The Church at Guimiliau

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3 comments

  1. More great carvings and some fun cows too! By the way the Suffolk churches website you recommended is brilliant, we didn’t really go church hunting this time but will read up one ones we want to visit next time we are in Southwold

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  2. Just a jewel of a church~ so rich and multi layered with various period art work~ wonderful photos. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful place.

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