Locmelar Church

Yesterday’s stumble through the bracken had affected knees and so today was a slightly quieter day – no walking but lot of sight-seeing, and yes, there were more churches to visit! We started the day at the Church of St Mélar in Locmelar, one of the Enclos Paroissial, which was built between 1577 and 1675. It is named after Mélor or Mélar who had a rather gruesome history before being sanctified – ‘Loc’ means ‘Place of’ or ‘dedicated to’. (French Government site here.)

Interestingly, the cult of St Mélar spread to Cornwall where he was commemorated in several churches and his relics apparently deposited at Amesbury, near Stonehenge. The building in the foreground of the photograph below is the Sacristy and it has a keel-shaped roof, just like the Sacristy at Sizun, a church which will have a future post.

I think the photograph below is pre-1920, the date the Ossuary was demolished, and I think the building on the left may have been the Ossuary.

Church of Locmelar (www.culture.gouv.fr)

Church of Locmelar (www.culture.gouv.fr)

Locmelar Church

Locmelar Church today

Locmelar Church information board

The church has many of the characteristics of an Enclos Paroissial. The walled enclosure remains, separating the living from the dead, with a triumphal arch with its gateway. The openings with vertical slabs on either side are for the people to hop over while the slabs keep the cattle out of the graveyard.

The Calvary of 1600 at Locmelar Church

The Calvary of 1600 at Locmelar Church

The South Porch has figures of the Apostles and clearly everything was painted in the beginning.

Inside the Church it was glorious, and the ceilings were particularly wonderful.

Locmelar Church

Locmelar Church

Locmelar Church

Locmelar Church

The ceiling and carvings in Locmelar Church

The ceiling and carvings in Locmelar Church

Locmelar Church

Locmelar Church

The ceiling and carvings in Locmelar Church

The ceiling and carvings in Locmelar Church

The Font dates from 1612.

The Font in Locmelar Church

Statues are placed around the Church.

St Melar, Locmelar Church

Locmelar Church

Cupboards on stands accommodate banners.

Locmelar Church, door panel-6776

Locmelar Church, door panel, 1577

And a last view before we moved on.

Locmelar Church

Locmelar Church

You may be interested in
St Mélar
French Government Site – if you can find your way around it this site has loads of official information