The Church of St Salomon in La Martyre, like many of the parish enclosures, is built on the site of an earlier complex. And like many of the churches it had to be rebuilt after storm damage. It was in the early church that King Salomon of Brittany sought refuge in 874 but was nevertheless murdered and the village was named after the event.
The Triumphal Arch (15C-16C) is intact and unusually has a walkway along its top. The granite carvings are simple but striking.
The Ossuary (1619) is attached to the church and decorated with curious figures.
The South Porch (1450-55) is tremendously ornate, with many curious figures from everyday life and biblical stories.
Inside the porch two ranks of Apostles lead into the Church and at the door, as you dip your fingers in the stoup, you are brought face to face with the Ankou, and reminded of your mortality.
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