Wall paintings in Notre-Dame of Kernascleden

What a wonderful start to time out in Brittany! Two days in Nantes, and then walking and sight-seeing around Landevant. Sadly it was time to move on, to Sizun and the Armorique Natural Regional Park.

The first stop was at the Church of Notre Dame at Kernascléden. I had seen photographs on Facebook and the wall paintings looked fascinating. We weren’t disappointed!

The Church was built 1460-64 and was financed by the Duke of Brittany and the Rohan family (Josselin Castle, the bridge in Landerneau…). Like all these churches in Brittany you enter through the South Porch, past the two ranks of Apostles and find yourself in a seemingly simple church, with a lovely rose window. And then you see the wall paintings...

NOtre Dame of Kernascleden The South Porch at Notre Dame of Kernascleden

Notre Dame of Kernascleden

The Rose Window in Notre Dame of Kernascleden

The Danse Macabre is in the South Transept –

When Death calls no-one escapes

When Death calls no-one escapes

Hell is an uncomfortable place

Hell is an uncomfortable place

The Thorn Tree in Hell

The Thorn Tree in Hell

A Devil stewing his victims

A Devil stewing his victims

Elsewhere the life of the Virgin Mary is depicted on the ceiling, with the Passion of Christ in the arches below –

And then there are angel musicians with peacocks’ wings

This amazing church is a ‘must-visit’ if you are in this part of Morbihan, and a ‘do try to visit’ if you are in Brittany. I could easily have lingered, with a proper camera and tripod, but it was only a stop along the way…