Romanesque Church near Potes in the Picos

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Santa Maria Real de Piasca is a Romanesque Church near Potes in the Picos de Europa. There seemed to be many churches, monasteries, and hermitages in the area around Potes and we had time to visit three.

The Church of St Herbot

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The Church of St Herbot is in a small settlement of the same name, near Plounévez-du-Faou. The Church started building in the 14C on the site where St Herbot was buried and was the second church on the site.

Inside the Church of St Yves, La Roche-Maurice

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As you push open the door of the Church of St Yves in La Roche-Maurice, and step into the gloom your eyes gradually become accustomed to the dim light and you find an exuberant display of colour and carvings – … Continued

The Church of St Suliau at Sizun

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The Church of St Suliau in Sizun is, in my view, one of the most memorable Enclos Paroissiaux in Brittany. It dominates the centre of the village and has most of the ‘ingredients’ of an enclos: walled churchyard, Triumphal Arch, Church with a South … Continued

Inside the Church of St Germain in Pleyben

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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 … Continued

A great Parish Enclosure – the Church of St Germain of Auxerre in Pleyben

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The Church of St Germain of Auxerre in Pleyben has all the elements of a parish enclosure – a Church surrounded by walls, a Triumphal Arch, monumental Calvary, South Porch, Ossuary, and Sacristy – and it dominates the centre of the town.

The Parish Enclosure of St Thegonnec in Brittany

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The Church of Notre-Dame in St Thégonnec, 14C-18C, is one of the ‘great’ parish enclosures, a huge and impressive complex which is perhaps not to everyone’s taste because of its size and opulence. Nevertheless, it has all the necessary components … Continued

Churches in Nantes

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Nantes was a powerful and prosperous city in which religion was important, as is evidenced by the many substantial and beautiful churches in addition to the Cathedral. I wasn’t visiting the town in order to see the churches but it … Continued

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