The Church of St Suliau, Sizun, contd

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?!

The Church of St Suliauc, Sizun
The Church of St Suliauc, Sizun

Carvings and decorations were everywhere – walls and roof.

The Church of St Suliauc, Sizun
The Church of St Suliauc, Sizun
The Church of St Suliauc, Sizun
The Church of St Suliauc, Sizun
Under the 'eaves', the Church of St Suliauc, Sizun
Under the ‘eaves’, the Church of St Suliauc, Sizun

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?

Alain Men, 1638-43, the building of the transcept, Sizun Church
Alain Men, 1638-43, the building of the transcept, Sizun Church

The West Door in the evening light, underneath the Tower.

Sizun Church
Sizun Church
Sizun Church
Sizun Church

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 Tower of Sizun Church, with the War Memorial in the foreground
The Tower of Sizun Church, with the War Memorial in the foreground
The War Memorial at Sizun Church
The War Memorial at Sizun Church

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.

The Scacristy, St Suliauc in Sizun
The Sacristy, St Suliauc in Sizun

Next time – inside the church.

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