La Martyre, Brittany

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 Church of St Salomon in La Martyre

The Church of St Salomon in La Martyre

The Triumphal Arch (15C-16C) is intact and unusually has a walkway along its top. The granite carvings are simple but striking.

The Church of St Salomon in La Martyre

The Church of St Salomon in La Martyre

The Church of St Salomon in La Martyre

The Church of St Salomon in La MartyreThe Church of St Salomon in La Martyre

The Ossuary (1619) is attached to the church and decorated with curious figures.

The Ossuary of St Salomon in La Martyre

The Ossuary of St Salomon in La MartyreThe Ossuary of St Salomon in La Martyre

The South Porch (1450-55) is tremendously ornate, with many curious figures from everyday life and biblical stories.

The Ossuary & South Porch of St Salomon in La Martyre

The Church of St Salomon, La Martyre

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.

The Apostles inside the South Porch, La Martyre

The Ankou inside the South Porch, La Martyre

Now let me take you inside!