Church of Saint Gildas at Auray!

And why not staying in lovely Auray! in gorgeous Morbihan breton of the beautiful region of Brittany!  Again, this was my first town in Brittany so have plenty written on it in my blog. However, as usual need to tell you in specifics about the main things to see and the Church of St Gildas is one of them. 


The Sunday is sunny cool and windy so a perfect time to write about these beauties near me now.  The town has a lot to offer on history and architecture that is worth a detour.

Let me go into the Church of St Gildas, the main church in Auray.

The Church of St Gildas owes its name to a 12C priory which depends on the Benedictine abbey of the Rhuys Peninsula. It was conceived at the site of the old priory of which combines medieval and baroque styles. The work started in 1623 ,it bears the date of 1636 on the three gables and was consecrated in 1641 ,but is only completed in 1663. The steeple of the three-story square tower was however only completed in 1701, and rebuilt in 1832.

auray ch st gildas front jan19

The Church is built saddle an elongated plan, with non-protruding transept. The nave consists of three aisles. The western facade consists of a three-level steeple tower surmounted by an octagonal lantern. The south façade is remarkable for its Renaissance-style porch, with three levels with twin columns on the first two levels and a triangular pediment in which the saint’s niche is located. The nave has a level of large arcades resting on columns that rise up to the coffered vault whose double arches are resting on carved bases. The aisles are vaulted in cradle, separated by double arches. The crossing of the transept also receives a vouûte with a cross-box of warheads. The flat choir, vaulted also with caissons, is adorned with a large altarpiece. It dominates the whole city, and will serve as a model in the region.   This Church is a sober building, except for the two porches of Renaissance and Baroque style.


Inside you can admire a recently restored 16C Christ-recumbent. The imposing altarpiece of the high altar is in Levallois style and dates from 1657.   The vault is adorned with painted boxes and at the bottom, in the Tribune, the organ of Waltrin dates from 1761.   The whole dates from the 17C 18C, 19C and Baroque style .Located at Place Gabriel Deshayes in the upper town.

auray ch st gildas altar far jan19


Santa Barbara ou Sainte Barbe


Auray ch st gildas tombeau de Christ aug12



Again not much said in the tourist office on it as they concentrate on the heavily touristic lower town of St Goustan. The Auray tourist office in general is here: Tourist office of Auray

Tourist office of Brittany on Auray

Enjoy the upper town tour of Auray and the Church of Saint Gildas. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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