The Church of Notre Dame in Lampaul-Guimiliau, Brittany

Notre Dame in Lampaul-Guimiliau is one of the extraordinary Parish Enclosures in Brittany.

The Church dominates the centre of the village, and I have visited several times in the past. As you walk round the building it presents itself in different ways, but always one is aware of the distinctive shortened bell tower, built in 1573, but struck by lightning in 1807 and not replaced.

Lampaul-Guimiliau

Lampaul-Guimiliau

Lampaul-Guimiliau

Lampaul-Guimiliau

Lampaul-Guimiliau

The graveyard lies behind the church today, and I suspect is not really visited by the many tourists who come in at the South Porch.

Lampaul-Guimiliau

The Ossuary (1667) is a fine building and used to house the Chavagny ‘Entombment’ which now stands in a corner of the Church.

The Calvary (16C) stands between the Ossuary and the South Porch, a more complex structure than the Calvary on top of the Triumphal Arch next to the Ossuary.

Lampaul-Guimiliau

Lampaul-Guimiliau

The South Porch (1533) leads into the Church.

Next time I will take you inside this remarkable building.