The Church of Bodilis

The Church of Notre Dame in Bodilis is c.6kms NW of Landivisiau and we visited on a gloomy, grey day which was too wet for walking. This lovely building is not on the ‘regular’ Parish Enclosure route, but it should be, and there is a restaurant and bar right next door! In recent years the Church has been restored and the surrounding village modernised – it all looked very different in earlier years.

We visited the church in the past but I will try to add some new images here – you always see differently the more you look. The imposing bell tower is outside the church, built over the enclosing wall, and dating from 1570. Apparently it has been struck by lightning several times and is now slightly shorter than originally intended – even so, it soars upwards and is the first aspect of the church which you notice.

The Bell Tower, Bodilis Church

The South Porch, added to the church in 1601, is fascinating. Highly decorated both inside and out and with its own ‘bell tower’, I could spend a whole post on examining the details. Here are just a few. The Virgin Mary, a striking figure, is carved by Roland Doré, and curiously pagan figures form a frieze underneath the saints inside the porch.

The South Porch, Bodilis Church

The Virgin Mary on the South Porch, Bodilis Church
The Virgin Mary on the South Porch, Bodilis Church
Adam & Eve in the South Porch, Bodilis Church
Adam & Eve in the South Porch, Bodilis Church

Inside the church is glorious. The choir and central nave date from 1567 and decorations were clearly added over many years, so styles range from the Renaissance through the Baroque to more recent times.

The central nave and high altar of Bodilis Church

One of the side chapels and high altar of Bodilis Church

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The ceiling, blue and vaulted, is of course wonderful. The carvings on the beams are funny, rural, even somewhat naughty? and quite at odds with the accepted establishment icons.

Bodilis Church

Bodilis Church

Bodilis Church Bodilis Church

Bodilis Church

The pulpit is a grand affair, and the baptistry, in a corner at the back of the church, is striking.

The Pulpit, Bodilis church The Pulpit, Bodilis ChurchThe Baptistry, Bodilis Church

Do add this church to your must-visit list when you are next in Brittany!

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