Chapelle Notre Dame de Tronoen

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4/5

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Date of travel

2011

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Reasons for trip

This is one of the landmarks of the Penmarc'h peninsula and its massive belfry spire can be seen for miles across the low flat lands. There is a large and busy car park and restaurant across the road.

The church is 15thC and built from granite with supporting buttresses and a slate roof. There is a good growth of bright orange lichen. It has a central open belfry with a spire above. On either side are smaller spires. There are two doorways each surrounded by a carved arch.

The inside of the church is disappointing and a bit of a let down. It is very plain with modern stained glass windows and a simple stone altar.

It has a large shop selling books and postcards.

Most people visit to see the calvary, which is the oldest in Brittany dating from 1450-60. It has a massive base with carved figures on all sides showing different scenes from the life of Christ and with three crosses with Christ and the two thieves. On the reverse of the crosses, Mary is holding the body of the crucified Christ and St Veronica is holding a handkerchief which has the image of Christ’s face on it. The carvings are eroded and it is difficult to make out details.

Behind the church are old farm buildings.

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