The Church of St Yves in La Roche-Maurice

The first castle at La Roche-Maurice was built in the 5C, and followed by another in the 11C, but this was demolished on the order of the King of France. There was also an early Chapel which has gone. The current Enclos Paroissial dates from the 16C. I have visited this site and photographed here before but this time the renovation of the Church was complete and the Enclos is stunning!

The Church of St Yves in La Roche-Maurice

The Church of St Yves in La Roche-Maurice

The Ossuary was built c.1640 as the St Anne Chapel. The Ankou reminds people of their mortality and the carvings around the frieze represent people from all walks of the social scale.

The Ossuary of La Roche-Maurice

The Ossuary of La Roche-Maurice

The Ankou on the Ossuary at La Roche-Maurice

The Ankou on the Ossuary at La Roche-Maurice

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The Church of St Yves was built in the 17C by the Rohan Family on the site of an earlier Chapel also built by the Rohan family, who controlled nearby Landerneau, amongst other areas. It is named after a man born in Brittany, trained in law, and then drawn to the religious life. The interior of the Church is just a joy – a blaze of colour – breathtaking as you walk through the door.

The interior of the Church of St Yves in La Roche-Maurice

The interior of the Church of St Yves in La Roche-Maurice

The ceiling of the Church of St Yves in La Roche-Maurice

The ceiling of the Church of St Yves in La Roche-Maurice

The Rood Screen must be one of the most beautiful in Brittany, and above this is a wonderful Glory Beam.

The Rood Screen in the Church of St Yves, La Roche-Maurice

The Rood Screen in the Church of St Yves, La Roche-Maurice

The Rood Screen in the Church of St Yves, La Roche-Maurice

The figure of Christ on the Glory Beam

The figure of Christ on the Glory Beam

The Sablieres present a wonderful rural and vernacular contrast to the religious icons in the building.

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As always it is difficult to photograph the complex. The Ossuary, Church, and Triumphal Arch are close together and all built of dark granite.

Absolutely wonderful – a must-visit in this part of Brittany – and a site to which I plan to return before too long.