Church of Saint-Jean-du-Baly, Lannion!

Ok so I am back in my current neighborhood, well not really as this is another department but in same region of Brittany/Bretagne/Breizh! Again, have general posts on the city of Lannion, but thought necessary to tell you about places of importance on each, according to ME!

Therefore, let me tell you a bit more on what you can see in the northern city of Lannion. The Church of Saint-Jean-du-Baly is located in Lannion, department of Côtes-d’Armor no 22. It was built in the 14C and modified in the 15-16C.

It was before called Notre-Dame Church until about 1625. In 1839, it was placed under the word “Saint-Jean“, or St John which was added ‘ du Baly ‘, in reference to the Promenade du Baly, located at the site of the ancient city walls . In essence, literally would be the Church of Saint John of Bale. This Church replaced the chapel depending on the castle of Lannion and dedicated to Saint Eloi. It is from 1680-1690, increased laterally by Chapels. One of the pillars of the nave bears the date of 1511. The square tower, worked begun in 1519 and ended in 1548. The pulpit dates, it seems, from the 17C. The figures of the rim of the cube represent the Evangelists, such as a man for Matthew, a lion for Mark, an ox for Luke and an eagle for John.

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The Church of Saint Jean du Baly features a beautiful series of six stained glass windows “Arts Deco”, set up between 1925 and 1930. They are due to Henri-Marcel Magne, also painter the stained glass for the Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, and they were made by the workshops L’Eglise in Paris.

 

Its square tower has been devoid of its spire since the 18C. In 1643, it was decided to raise a wooden arrow, covered with slate and capped with lead, at the top of the imposing tower. However, one of the girders of the frame broke and the arrow leaned dangerously.  The Duke d’Aiguillon, Commander-in-chief of the province and Lieutenant-General of the king in Brittany, ordered it’s demolition in 1760. During WWII, the Nazis hoisted a swastika to the top of the tower. At the liberation, the local people hurried to replace this symbol of the occupant by the French flag.

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Inside the Church Saint Jean du Baly, you can find a hollow pillar with a screw staircase. In the past, this staircase allowed access to a rood now extinct. There will be marks on some stones of the hollow pillar; these marks were probably used to count the number of stones cut by each worker. The Church Saint Jean du Baly, also contains a pulpit to preach from the end of the XVII century, as well as a white marble altar and altarpieces from the XVIII century. In the parish enclosure, one will notice a beautiful Calvary which was directed by Yves Hernot for the Universal Exhibition of 1867. A slate sundial, dating from the 18C, adorns the south side. Outside there is a cross, carved in 1870 by Yves Hernot, an artist who made the grotto of Lourdes in the Vatican garden.

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It is a nice off the beaten path place to see in the off the beaten path town of Lannion! There is so much to see, and I just starting lol! Well some think I have travel a lot but believe I am just touching the surface on what is available. My humble opinion.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and not so much on the Church are

Regional Tourist office of Pleumeur-bodou on Lannion in French

Tourist office of the Côte d’Armor pink granite area on the Church

Tourist office of Brittany on heritage

Hope it helps, and do ride by here. The best of course is the car, king of the roads. You will be able to see these jewels of Brittany, and France! The Church of Saint Jean du Baly in Lannion is nice.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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