The Ceilings, Beams & Sablieres in the Church of St Suliau, Sizun

The sablières are the wooden beams between the tops of the walls and the ceiling, and they are carved with scenes of everyday life, religious themes, fantastical beasts, and foliage. At intervals there are little figures – all incredible.

The Church of St Suliau, Sizun

The angel carrying the cross, the angel with the hand of the High Priest who slapped Christ, the angel with the ear of the High Priest’s servant, and angel with a cudgel?

The Church of St Suliau, Sizun

The Church of St Suliau, Sizun

The sablières are fantastical, magical, enchanting…

The Church of St Suliau, Sizun

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The vaulted ceiling is painted blue, with red, yellow and gold ribs, and the colour changes with the time of day, and light.

The Church of St Suliau, Sizun

The Church of St Suliau, Sizun

The Church of St Suliau, Sizun

The Church of St Suliau, Sizun

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The beams and carvings of St Suliau, Sizun

2 comments

    • Yes, I could spend a long time trying to capture and understand all the stories buried in the roofs of these parish enclosures. And the camera makes a difference because the churches are often quite dark. Sizun is particularly light, and beautiful and, as you can see, the lights are switched on.

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