Kermaria-an-Isquit Travel Guide

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  • Wooden saints at the chapel in...

    (work in progress)There are a selection of wooden carvings displayed along the whitewashed walls on Kemaria-an-Isquit's chapel, which are in a remarkably good state of repair. A particular bonus compared to many other churches in the area is that most of them are displayed in the side chapel or towards the altar - rather than in the darker nave,...

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  • Painted vaults in Kermaria-an-Isquit's...

    (work in progress)Kermaria-an-Iquit's chapel porch - with its unusual upstairs audience chamber is astonishingly interesting, but it is surprisingly easy to overlook this gem, as the present entrance is through a side chapel.In addition to the painted stone figures of the Twelve Apostles, the vaulted ceiling above is adorned with frescoes. These...

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  • Quite possibly Bretagne's most...

    (work in progress)In a region famed for its fascinating churches and over the top ornate parish closes, it may come as some surprise that my 'must see' chapel in Bretagne is located in the obscure little hamlet of Kermaria-an-Isquit, a few kilometres inland of Paimpol.Prior to the construction of the chapel in the 13th century, this little...

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  • Kermaria-an-Isquit's weathered granite...

    (work in progress)The inland portion of Bretagne is justly famed for its extraordinary 'church closes' at places like Guimiliau and Saint-Thégonnec, and after a couple of days driving around this region, you'll be an expert on the different variations on a 'Calvary' (crucifixion) theme.Of the ones that we saw on our trip, this one outside the...

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  • Trough by the altar at...

    (work in progress)Yet another couple of curious features from the chapel at Karmaria-an-Isquit, which delivers one quirky surprise after another ...The first odd fixture is the staircase that apparently leads nowhere. Given its position adjacent to the altar, my assumption is that this originally lead up into the pulpit (the place from which the...

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  • Kermaria-an-Isquit's vestigial Danse...

    (work in progress)The chapel at Kermaria-an-Iquit is home to one of only two Danse Macabre ('Dance of Death') frescoes in Bretagne (the other being at Kernascléden near Morbihan). Those who have visited my Hrastovlje, Tallinn and Wolgast pages will know that I have quite a passion for this distinctive medieval artform, and all it took was a passing...

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  • Carved stone saints in...

    (work in progress)When you visit the chapel at Kermaria-an-Isquit, you enter via a side chapel on the southern side of the building rather than using the church porch which would have been the traditional point of access. Because of this, it would be easy to overlook the niches inside the porch, which house some rather fine statues of the Twelve...

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  • Kermaria-an-Isquit's remarkable chapel...

    (work in progress)One of the most remarkable features of Kermaria-an-Isquit's fascinating chapel is the unusual 'office' that was constructed over the chapel porch.This space was constructed by the Lord of Lizandré Kermaria (what an imposing title!) for administering his estate: why he chose to do this from the chapel rather than the more...

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  • Kermaria-an-Isquit's unusual barrel...

    (work in progress)Seemingly everything about the chapel at Kermaria-an-Isquit is charming and unexpected, so it's no particular surprise that the ceiling is also unusual.The roof is amde of wood and has a barrel vaulted design unlike any other church/chapel roof that I saw in Bretagne. It made me feel as though I was beneath the upturned hull of a...

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