The Church of Our Lady (Notre Dame) of Izel-Vor!

And I am back in my lovely Brittany and beautiful Finistére dept 29 my neighbors and most often visited dept other than mine in Brittany.  It is like our backyard trip, and we were there this past weekend again. Always looking forward to Summer times.

We decided to go out and see some other parts that we have not been or just passing by. This one we passed near but not been so it was a lovely trip and already use to the beauty we have all around us. Let me tell you about the Church of Our Lady of the Lower Sea or église Notre Dame d’Izel Vor (with Izel Vor been Breton for lower sea or basse mer in French) , and this is at lovely La Forêt Fouesnant!

La Foret Fouesnant

The Church of Our Lady (Notre Dame) of Izel-Vor is the parish church of La Forêt-Fouesnant of the dept 29 Finistère in the region of Bretagne. It was under total renovation so could not get in , however seen pictures of the inside and it is awesom worth the wait to be back inside.

This church was built largely during the first half of the 16C, is dedicated to Our Lady of Izel-Vor (Lower Sea). It is of a typical Gothic style in Cornouaille. The carved dates on the walls can be found: 1538 under the porch, 1628 above the baptistery. The interior of the church (not seen as was under renovation) is said to be remarkable for the richness of its furniture such as the baptismal fonts in granite and wood, the painting of the Rosary 1684, the high altar 1694 and its altarpiece 17C, which are from the 17C. Polychrome statues of local saints complete the decoration . Its Calvary built in 1500. square enclosure serving as pulpit. At the corners; 4 Gothic bells bearing a decapitated Mary and John. The central cask blossoms into consoles bearing the two lardons. Served as a pulpit on busy days; which assumes that the forecourt was then much larger than it is today.

La Foret Fouesnant

There is a statue of Our Lady of Kergornec, also known as the Statue of the Breastfeeding Virgin, which dates from the late 17C. This statue probably comes from the ancient priory of Loc-Amand. Statue of Itron Varia Izel-Vor Breton for Our Lady of Lower Sea, which also dates from the late 17C. A Pietà of the 18C. Other statues of Saints such as Santik-Du, St. John the Baptist, St. Egarec, St. Nicholas, St. Abibon, St. Alain, St. Amand, St. Guénolé, and   St. Margaret. Procession Banners such as the Banner Itron Varia Izel-Vor (Our Lady of Lower Sea). Banner Itron Varia ar Penity (Our Lady of Penity). Banner of St. Anne, and Banner of Saint Teresa.

La Foret Fouesnant

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

TOuris office of La Forêt Fouesnant on the Church

Tourist office of Dept 29 Finistére on heritage of La Forêt Fouesnant

Area tourist office of South Brittany on things to see in La Forêt Fouesnant

There you go a lovely trip , nice monument (to be back for it) and lovely town by the ocean. You will do well to see the follow up post on it. For now enjoy the Church of Our Lady of the Lower Sea in La Forêt Fouesnant.

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



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