One evening the church was closed so I used my me-time to explore the outside of the building.
The spires in this part of Brittany are all ‘pierced’, which is to say they have openings and ‘windows’ and look like lace – why, I wonder? Is it to allow strong winds to pass through the structure rather than cause damage? Does this tell us something about the prevailing weather in Brittany?!
Carvings and decorations were everywhere – walls and roof.
Around the building a frieze of curious figures: a dog or wolf chasing a pig, an animal suckling its young, farmers? A dog chasing the chickens!
And are these all the same demon female?
Is this the snake or guivre which appears on the carved beams in most of the churches?
Was Alain Men the builder?
The West Door in the evening light, underneath the Tower.
The War Memorial with its many dead, particularly from WWI, was sobering, although I was puzzled by the chicken, and reminded, rather unfortunately, of the blue chicken in Trafalgar Square, London, a while ago.
The Sacristy is a handsome building with a keel-shaped roof, but closed. It was built at the end of 17C in a style similar to that at St Guimiliau.
Next time – inside the church.
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