The Parish Enclosure of Cleden-Poher

The Church of Notre Dame of the Assumption in Cleden-Poher was originally built in the 16C, and later changed and added to, like all the parish enclosures.

The classic parish enclosure includes a church with a south porch and a sacristy, an ossuary and a calvary inside a walled enclosure which is entered through stepped openings in the walls for the living, and a triumphal arch for the dead, and wedding parties.

The Church of Notre-Dame of the Assumption at Cleden-Poher is missing part of the walls and a triumphal arch, but still has an ossuary and an interesting calvary.

Notre Dame of the Assumption, Cleden-Poher

The Ossuary & Calvary at Notre Dame of the Assumption, Cleden-Poher

The Ossuary & Calvary

Figures on the Calvary

Figures on the Calvary

Inside the church is both simple and sumptuous.

Notre Dame of the Assumption, Cleden-Poher

Notre Dame of the Assumption, Cleden-Poher

Notre Dame of the Assumption, Cleden-Poher

Notre Dame of the Assumption, Cleden-Poher

Notre Dame of the Assumption, Cleden-Poher

The paintings on the ceiling date from the 18C and are …. bold?

Ceiling paintings in the Church at Cleden-Poher Ceiling paintings in the Church at Cleden-Poher

Outside, in the bright sunshine, a group of men were playing boules. This is not just a matter of throwing a ball – the stance, and the angle of the hand, the flick of the wrist – each man had his own style. All very serious and played in total silence!Notre Dame of Cleden-PoherBoules outside Notre Dame of Cleden-Poher

Kernascléden, Le Faouët, Cléden-Poher – it had been quite a day so far and we still had to drive on to Sizun!