Landivisiau, and Church of St Thuriau!

And why not continuing with lovely Finistére and showcase some of the nice monuments we have here in our gorgeous Brittany! I like to take you in this sunny season to the town of Landivisiau and its Church of Saint Thuriau!


Landivisiau is a town in the dept 29 of Finistère in the région of Brittany/Bretagne. It is the historic capital of the Breton horse race. Landivisiau lies on the southern edge of the plateau of Leon, just north of the Valley of the Élorn, a coastal river coming from the Monts D’Arrée and which flows, after crossing Landerneau, in the harbour of Brest; its route serves as a boundary with Loc-Eguiner and forms an elbow just at the southern boundary of the town, where this stream receives a right-bank tributary, the Quillivaron, separating Landivisiau from Lampaul-Guimiliau and, further East, Guiclan; to the West the brook of Kerfeunteniou, another tributary of the right bank of the Élorn which flows into it downstream of Landivisiau, serves as a boundary with Bodilis; to the North the boundary of the town with Plougourvest, its former mother parish, is totally artificial.

I like to tell you about a nice monument that we took aim of visiting while doing our walks in town.

The Church of Saint-Thuriau built between 1863-1864. It replaced an older Church dating from 1554 and restored in 1663. It is consecrated in 1865. From the old church only the south porch and the Bell Tower dating from 1590 remain. Several renovation campaigns for the south porch can be distinguished: 1554 (open-air gate), 1554-1559 (lateral piers and arcades), 1559-1565 (vault and walls). The porch is all the more interesting to study that it is like the hyphen between the Gothic porches and those of the Renaissance.


The large arcade, which forms the entrance to the side of the square, is leaning in the corners by two powerful buttresses and surmounted first by a brace or counter-curve, a first sharp creeping, decorated with curly leaves, then a second creeping that forms veteran and crowned by a monumental niche, adorned with fluted balusters with Ionic capitals and finished by a Gothic pinnacle.


The niches that decorate the two corner buttresses house the seated statues of the four evangelists with their attributes, that of the Blessed Virgin from a former group of the Annunciation, and finally the statue of St. Anne. At the bottom of the first crawling are two curious caryatides: a mermaid and a satyr; at the bottom of the second, two gargoyles twisted and unchained; a winged dragon and a lion. In the middle of the pediment are two superposed statues: a Saint, in hair, holding a book, and a our Lady of piety; at the top, a stamped crest of a helmet and supported by two lions. The large niche that overcomes the building contains the statue of St. Thivisiau, patron of the parish, and those of two other bishops.


Between the rich moldings and garlands adoring the sides and the perimeter of the large entrance, these are scenes from the Old Testament. Inside the porch, the statues of the twelve apostles are housed in half Gothic, half Renaissance niches. At the extreme rank a series of statuettes were carved in small niches. In the middle of the tympanum is placed a statue of the Savior, to which a head topped with the tiara was reported and which had to belong to the Eternal Father.

The Bell Tower of the Church of St Thuriau is by its style and height, one of the most beautiful in the country of Leon; it is almost detached from the Church and has its base pierced on both sides by two large arcades that form an open passage. There is a pretty statue of St. Michael which is under the window of the south transept.


An all, an interesting place to see while doing your walks in nice quant old Landivisiau. And of course plenty more to see on my previous posts.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

City of Landivisiau on the heritage

Tourist office of Roscoff on Landivisiau heritage

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


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