Inside Notre Dame, Lampaul-Guimiliau in Brittany

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As people push open the door of the church and step inside there is usually a murmur, or an ‘Aah’. After the dark exterior even the dim light inside cannot hide the extravagant colours, exuberant altar pieces, and extraordinary ceilings.

The Church of Lampaul-Guimiliau

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I love the Church at Lampaul-Guimiliau, one of the Enclos Paroissiaux in western Brittany built with wealth created by growing flax and trading in canvas and linen in the 16C-18C.

Altar pieces & stained glass, Notre Dame de Lampaul-Guimiliau

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The altar pieces are lavish, to say the least. The central section of the Altar Piece of the Passion was created in Antwerp, and the bottom panel is the Last Supper. There are over 80 figures on this piece and the … Continued

Descent from the Cross, Notre Dame de Lampaul-Guimiliau

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The ‘Descent from the Cross’ was carved from a single block of oak in 1520. The group are the Virgin Mary, St John, and Mary Magdalene, Joseph of Arimathea, and a Holy Woman. I find this a very disturbing and … Continued

Chavagnac’s ‘Entombment’ in Notre Dame, Lampaul-Guimiliau

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The Church of Notre Dame in Lampaul-Guimiliau has wonderfully elaborate and colourful altar pieces and religious statues but it was the Entombment and Descent from the Cross which drew me closer. The Burial of Christ, 1676, was carved from tuffeau, … Continued


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Days 7 and 8 in France passed in a haze of antibiotics and painkillers, but on Day 10, stuffed with medication, I pulled myself out of bed for some gentle exploration and we set off to look at the recommended stars … Continued