Old churches and ancient stones

On a slightly grey, overcast day we all pile into the cars for a day trip from Loctudy to Camaret. On route we stop at a traditional stone church.

Here we can see some of the archetypal religious architecture that is prevalent in Brittany.

There are several regional features that mark out the Breton country church – one of them is a delicate openwork steeple.

Another detail that sets rural Breton churches apart are the forests of very ornate, carved stone crosses that are found in the church yards – an example of these are pictured above.

These are  calvary (calvaire in French) – a type of monumental public crucifix, sometimes encased in an open shrine.

The Breton calvaire is distinguished from a simple crucifix cross by the inclusion of three-dimensional figures surrounding the Crucifixion itself, typically representing Mary and the apostles of Jesus, though later saints and symbolic figures may also be depicted.

Inside we can see colourful stained glass and carved icons glore.

 

Moving one from old churches we briefly stop off at some truly ancient relics. Below are a selection of the mysterious, ancient, menhir that can be found in Brittany.

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A menhir is a Breton term for a standing stone; it can be on its own, part of an alignment, or part of a circle.

The nippers are not so enchanted with a load of old rocks so we don’t dally for long!

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