Enclos Paroissial de Saint-Thegonnec, Saint-Thegonnec

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The Saint-Thégonnec Parish close is located at Saint-Thégonnec in the arrondissement of Morlaix in Brittany in north-western France. The enclos paroissial comprises the parish church of Notre-Dame, a triumphal arch and enclosure wall, an ossuary and the famous calvary . There is a second calvary set into the enclosure wall and the war memorial dedicated to those lost in the 1914-1918 war is also set into another section of the wall.On 8 June 1998, a fire destroyed a part of the north aisle and an extensive programme of restoration was finished in 2005. The Gothic bell-tower and Renaissance tower dates from 1563 and was finished in 1626. The porch has a sculpture depicting Saint Thégonnec in the attire of a bishop and inside the porch, statues of some of the apostles lead towards the door into the church. The church has a rood screen and in the choir area the stained glass is by Jean-Louis Nicolas and dates to 1862-1863.History of the churchThe western Beaumanoir type bell-tower porch dates to 1563 and the monumental entrance was completed in 1587. Between 1589 and 1610 the bell-tower was improved and crowned with lanterons in 1626. The church bells are dated 1599 and 1605 and a sun-dial dates to 1606. Between 1640 and 1652 the north aisle was built by Paul Prédiry and Mathurin Renault, master masons, and the fenestration came from the workshop of Jean Le Bescont and were transported from Landerneau to Saint-Thégonnec and erected in 1651. The south aisle was reconstructed from 1653 to 1658 by Yves Le Bescont. The church was enlarged between 1667 and 1669, the apse being moved by several feet, this work being executed by Guillaume Plédran and in 1670 the western part of the nave was raised to accommodate the installation of the organ. From 1686 to 1690, the architect Guillaume Le Taoc rebuilt the sacristy to the north of the choir. Between 1713 and 1714 further modifications were carried out under the direction of the Brest architect, Etienne Le Marchand.
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  • very nice place which is part of the finest pens of Brittany. This church was entirely rebuilt after an accidental fire that had almost completely destroyed the building. the stained glass windows are also beautiful bills.
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  • easy catcher our curiosity, the parish complex built between the 16th and 18th centuries. reveals that this village once must have some importance. at the door we receive a nice girl who just realized that simao arrived tells us that also speaks some Italian, and we will make the explanation in English (not true, knows a few words but for the effort that makes it take and help us with the French) the complex is beautiful and interesting. the Renaissance triumphal arch of granite is beautiful and the pulpit is substantial, unfortunately, the Interior was severely damaged in a fire in 1998 but if I don't say there would know. you will be speechless in the Funeral Chapel in front of the life-sized wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ.
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  • Nice visit can be done with a guide (all for free). This isn't the most beautiful enclosure of the course but it is worth the visit.
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  • Really lovely place ! Unfortunately a part of the church was rebuilt because of a fire. Ossuary is closed from September to April.
  • Splendid not to avoid. .. .temoignage typical of the breton baroque... Happy complement to command
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  • Beautiful tour and I think that a guide is needed to understand the architecture of places and history
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  • A wonderful and very welcoming volunteers. A place where to stop to visit and relax.
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  • Beautiful, very beautiful church, damage that there not explanations or guided tour.
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