Inside the Church of St Germain in Pleyben

Open the door of the Church of St Germain in Pleyben and walk into an imposing, dim interior, filled with statues and carvings and a striking barrel-vaulted ceiling with carved and painted beams and sablières or stringbeams (or sandpits as translated by Google!)

The High Altar in the Church of St Germain, Pleyben

The High Altar in the Church of St Germain, Pleyben

The High Altar in the Church of St Germain, Pleyben

The High Altar in the Church of St Germain, Pleyben

Stained glass behind the Hight Altar: The Tree of Jesse, the Passion, & Christ and the Apostles

Stained glass behind the Hight Altar: The Tree of Jesse, the Passion, & Christ and the Apostles

16C Stained Glass, St Germain, Pleyben

16C Stained Glass, St Germain, Pleyben

The organ of 1693 was built by Thomas Dallam and the organ case is by Michel Madé of Morlaix. Both have been restored. It seems that Dallam and Madé worked together on several occasions.

The organ at the rear of the Church of St Germain, Pleyben

The organ at the rear of the Church of St Germain, Pleyben

The organ at the rear of the Church of St Germain, Pleyben

The organ at the rear of the Church of St Germain, Pleyben

The ceiling is magnificent and on the sablières, carved in 1570s, there are apparently 250 figures on the themes of death, the life of Christ, fantasy, prophecy, and greed. But there are also activities from everyday life, like ploughing. They are the work of a local man and I find them rather more crude that the carvings in other churches, such as La Martyre, or Sizun.

The ceiling of the transept, St Germain, Pleyben

The ceiling of the transept, St Germain, Pleyben

Sablieres in the Church of St Germain, Pleyben

Sablieres in the Church of St Germain, Pleyben

Sablieres in the Church of St Germain, Pleyben

Sablieres in the Church of St Germain, Pleyben

Statues line the pillars of the church, including a statue of the Breton rather than establishment saint, St Eloi.

St Eloi in the Church of St Germain, Pleyben

St Eloi in the Church of St Germain, Pleyben

The Church of St Germain, Pleyben

The Church of St Germain, Pleyben

The Church of St Germain, Pleyben

The Church of St Germain, Pleyben

Do make sure you visit Pleyben when you are in Brittany!