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    Church of Saint Ronan
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    Church of Saint Ronan-interiors

    by gwened Written Dec 26, 2013
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    One if not the only reason to be here, the Church of Saint Ronan is wonderfully beautiful and a must see , I have an exterior tip and this is the interior

    The Church is indeed lighted , brilliant, not the dark one as most often the case; this is noted by the experts on these buildings. The place do look like a cathedral ,looks wide ,big, yet is not big. it has an adjacent chapel of pénity where the tomb of Saint Ronan lies.

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    The visitor entered the Grand porch lying between the four batteries of the tour. He is struck by the harmonious proportions of the nave, by the brightness of the bedside by the steep slope of paving that prolongs the perspective. Duke John V had wanted a church "Cathedral". It is a rectangle divided into three naves by pilasters without capitals in bundles of balusters. They support stone vaults, and cross of warheads. The keys of the Vaults are patch to the coats of arms destroyed by the Revolution. A different level and two bearing pillars of an arc diaphragm mark the entrance of the monastic choir that was surrounded by a chancel topped probably a rood screen.
    In the baptistery, armoriée with external overflow tub. Beautiful perspective on the Chapel and the retable of the Rosary. Remains of a statue of Saint Eloi, patron of blacksmiths and veterinarians. Saint Christophes (tufa, 16C). This misshapen bearded giant with the look alive and astonished form with the child Jesus that he wears a remarkably balanced group and expressive quality. He is the patron saint of travellers.
    Altar of the Rosary altarpiece carved in 1668 surrounded by twisted columns, decorated with fifteen miniature medallions reproducing the mysteries; in the centre, the crowned Virgin between St. Dominic and St. Catherine of Siena; left, St. Joseph; on the right, Saint Joachim. In the niche, a graceful Italian Virgin
    La Grande Verrière (c. 1480) represents the Passion in in seventeen tables. In the last Panel, bottom, right, the Marquis de Nevet. This canopy reads from left to right and bottom to top. It begins with the resurrection of Lazarus and ends with the resurrection of Christ and the people before the empty tomb. Note the scenes in the garden of olives and its sky starry; the realism of implementing cross, the expressionism of the scene of the outrages, the majestic profile of the Christ of the twigs. Gift of François II, Duke, father of Anne of Brittany (15tC).

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    Church of Saint Ronan -exteriors

    by gwened Written Dec 26, 2013
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    This is the reason to come here other than on religious day on the second Sunday in July for the Grande Trémodie. The Church of Saint Renan, is a must.

    Built from 1420 to 1480AD 'in the shaped of a Cathedral', with the help of donations from JEAN V, PIERRE II and FRANÇOIS II, Dukes of Brittany, she was, originally, Church of the Benedictine Priory, founded in Locronan from 1031AD, and the city of weavers.

    Built by the piety of our ancestors on the tomb of St-Ronan, the sanctuary of this high place of Brittany and remains for five centuries, in spite of cataclysms and depredations, architectural gem and rich green of authentic works of art of 'peasant Christianity '.

    In the large porch at the low-slung arcade and double gate arches to the pier, the statue of the Holy hermit welcomes you. On each side, a scenery of arches, without Apostles niches
    The Tower square, built in front of the portal in four batteries, wore a high octagonal Spire which was struck on January 2, 1808. At the Summit, around the Lantern, a lace Gallery of clovers Quad, recalls the covered Gallery which supported the arrow. Bypassing the Church to the North, the street of Châteaulin, one discovers successively:

    -the side porch, with portals to scallops and mullioned windows;
    -the sacristy, fortified appearance, with an elegant Dormer upstairs.
    -the cemetery, dominated by his Calvary (16th century) decorated with statuettes and a risen Christ. The Virgin, Saint Jean, Saint Ronan and Saint Pierre frame it;
    -the apse of the Church, pierced by three flamboyant bays, surmounted by a gable with hooks with umbrella cross;
    -the Placitre, to the South, where the sight embraces all of the buildings, the slender Gothic steeples of the Priory and the Pénity surrounding the Tower square; the pinnacles appearing on roofs and railings, open hearts, running on the walls.

    Next to it you have the Chapel de Penity, where the tomb of Saint Ronan is at rest.

    Its a jewel of Brittany in the great Finistére or Penn Ar Bed.
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    See the St. Ronan Story on the Pulpit

    by hquittner Written Sep 16, 2007
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    The story of St. Ronan , the Irish hermit who came to the area in the 9C, is carved into the wood of the pulpit ascent stair in a Louis XIV style. Done in 1707, it is a vivd example of its time It consists of 10 polychromed wood medallions portraying the story. The first medallion at the foot of thes stairs showsSt. Ronan arriving in his boat at the edge of the Nevet forest where he will reside, guided by an Angel. In the second panel, he is dressed as a hermitin his hut and is conversing with a local farmer (who is learning of the Gospels) while his wife nearby, is denouncing the Saint as an agent of the Devil. (She is a shrew and designated by the locals as "la Keban" or she-devil). There ar 10 scenes in all and if you are intersted in the rest of the story, we have illustrated and recited the rest of it in a Travelog jn our Locran pages.

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    See the St. Ronan Story on the Pulpit

    by hquittner Written Sep 16, 2007
    Medallion of Saint Arriving in Brittany
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    The story of St. Ronan , the Irish hermit who came to the area in the 9C, is carved into the wood of the pulpit ascent stair in a Louis XIV style. Done in 1707, it is a vivd example of its time It consists of 10 polychromed wood medallions portraying the story. The first medallion at the foot of thes stairs showsSt. Ronan arriving in his boat at the edge of the Nevet forest where he will reside, guided by an Angel. In the second panel, he is dressed as a hermitin his hut and is conversing with a local farmer (who is learning of the Gospels) while his wife nearby, is denouncing the Saint as an agent of the Devil. (She is a shrew and designated by the locals as "la Keban" or she-devil). There ar 10 scenes in all and if you are intersted in the rest of the story, we have illustrated and recited the rest of it in a Travelog jn our Locran pages.

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    See the Church's Stained Glass and Carved Figures

    by hquittner Written Sep 9, 2007
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    Stone and wood carving developed rapidly in Brittany, especially because of the very workable Kersanton granite. The church interior is filled with polychrome statues in wood or stone. The liveliness of expression is very notable. The work is in keeping with the immediately succeeding Calvaires seen in nearby town churchyards. Also outstanding is the pulpit dedicated to St. Ronan with 10 carved and painted medallions illustrating his saintly experiences, which explain why he is so revered.

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    Study the Church Interior

    by hquittner Written Sep 9, 2007
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    The altar is flanked by patron Saints Corentin and Ronan while behind it is a large excellent stained glass window (1480) with scenes of the Life and Death of Christ. At the end of the aisle to the left is the carved polychrome wood (1668) Retable of the Rosary, a hallmark of the devotion of the citizenry to their faith. Finally there is the pulpit devoted to the sainthood of Ronan. It is of 1707 and bears 10 medallions on its ascending side illustrating his story. Th charming pictures are shown in Customs Tips.

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    Enter the Chapel of Penity

    by hquittner Written Sep 7, 2007
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    The gisant of St. Ronan lies in the Chapel surrounded by angels and with an ox at his feet representing their unattended guiding of his funeral cart to the church site. Also in the chapel is a “Deploration” (Lamentation) group in polychrome stone as well as revered 16C stone statues. Note that St. Michel carries a scale containing souls.

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    Visit the Church of St.-Ronan & Chapelmof Penity

    by hquittner Written Sep 7, 2007
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    The old church is built of granite in Renaissance style and has a stubby central bell tower. To its right is a small Chapel of Penity attached to the main church. Within it are the tomb of St. Ronan and other devotional objects on which the “Pardon Processions” (the Tromenies) center.(See Customs) The church has a central porch entry under a gable before the bell tower. Throughout a mixture of rounded and pointed openings and pinnacles give a pleasant design.

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    Walk About the Town

    by hquittner Written Sep 7, 2007
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    Locronan is an old town (less than 1K pop) established in the 15 C, quickly becoming successful through making sail cloth. In the 17C sturdy granite houses were built and they still stand around the main square next to the church and down the radiating streets. The square also boasts a large central town well. The church, also on the square, is the focus of an annual religious procession, the Tromenie. The church is from the 15-16C and is of granite and houses the tomb and relics of St.Ronan, a 9C Irish hermit who arrived "miraculously". In fact the town bears his name (Loc-ronan). As youwalk you will find several exhibits relating to the town's original trade of weaving.

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