St Thegonnec Church

There was one more church to visit – Notre Dame at St ThégonnecMaybe I was just tired – my first day out after nearly three days in bed – but somehow this church did not catch my imagination. It was very grand – almost like a cathedral – perhaps I had been spoiled by the intimacy of Lampaul-Guimiliau and Guimiliau

St Thegonnec

St Thegonnec

St Thegonnec - the Triumphal Arch and the Ossuary

St Thegonnec – the Triumphal Arch and the Ossuary

The Ossuary was very impressive – the wealth created by the linen trade must have been huge, and of course the demand was huge – sails and ropes, as well as clothing. In the 1500s-1800s linen growing and production was a major industry in Brittany which traded with Britain, Belgium, Holland, and the Americas. Civic pride seemed to manifest itself in churches, much as the wool trade did in East Anglia. Louis XIV effectively destroyed the trade with the evocation of the Edict of Nantes, 1685.

St Thegonnec - the Ossuary

St Thegonnec – the Ossuary

Inside the church there is much golden Baroque splendour.

St Thegonnec - the High Altar

St Thegonnec – the High Altar

St Thegonnec - the organ loft

St Thegonnec – the organ loft

St Thegonnec - the 17C Rosary Altar piece on the left of the High Altar

St Thegonnec – the 17C Rosary Altar piece on the left of the High Altar

The astonishing pulpit at St Thegonnec

The astonishing pulpit at St Thegonnec

There were quieter corners.

St John the Baptist in St Thegonnec

St John the Baptist in St Thegonnec

St Thegonnec Church

St Thegonnec Church

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