Church of Saint-Mathieu at Morlaix!

This is a nice church off the beaten path in Morlaix and I will update for all with new text and links. The original story was from January 2019! Hope you enjoy the Church of Saint Mathieu in Morlaix!

Ok so let me tell you a bit more on a nice church on a nice town we had visited couple times, this is Morlaix. Hope you enjoy the brief tour as I ,and thanks for reading my blog all these years since 2010! See my other posts on Morlaix in my blog.

The Church of Saint-Mathieu is located in MorlaixFinistère, Dept 29, region of Bretagne. It was during the 11C that the Abbey of St. Matthew near Le Conquet, founded in Morlaix, the Priory of Saint-Mathieu.  The current Church was built in 1824; it replaces a Gothic church dating from 1498, succeeding itself to the primitive priory Church probably Romanesque. The Bell Tower, it, dates from the 16C. It is one of the first witnesses of the Renaissance style in Brittany.

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The jewel of the Church of St Mathieu is the opening statue of Notre Dame du Mur (Our Lady of the Wall). This Virgin is in the catalogue of the treasures of the churches of France; It was reportedly carried out around the year 1400 in the Cologne region (Germany).  Also note to the left of the Choir, two polychrome wooden bas-reliefs representing the Last Supper and the foot washing. To the right of the Choir, a high relief of the crucifixion. All, coming from the Collegiate Church of the Wall.  The whole of the Crucifixion , the great Christ, probably from the Spanish origins has the strange and painful expression. To its right, Mary, mother of Jesus. To the left: John, the Evangelist. The statues are ancient, they come from the old Church of Saint-Mathieu, or from the collegiate Basilica of Our Lady of the Wall destroyed in the French revolution.

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The stained glass windows evoke the life of St. Mathieu. The choir, made in 1883, represents above  Saint Mathieu writing his Gospel  , and downstairs, the four great doctors of the Latin Church with in the middle, the Pope Gregory the Great; right, Saint Augustine holding his Treaty of the city of God; back, Saint Ambrose; left, Saint Jerome. You see below this stained glass, the golden wooden Tabernacle of the late 17C.  The organ buffet is from 1667. The organ, transformed by Heyer in 1872, has 2 keyboards of 18 sets.

And I said brief ok. Here are some webpages to help you enjoy the trip to Morlaix, worth the detour indeed.

The city of Morlaix on its heritage in French: https://www.ville.morlaix.fr/VIVRE-A-MORLAIX/Tourisme/A-la-decouverte-de-la-Ville/La-balade-patrimoniale

The Bay of Morlaix tourist office on Morlaix heritage: https://www.baiedemorlaix.bzh/en/your-stay/morlaix/

The Finistére dept 29 tourist board on Morlaix: https://www.toutcommenceenfinistere.com/article/morlaix

The Bretagne/Brittany tourist board on Morlaix in English: https://www.brittanytourism.com/destinations/the-10-destinations/pink-granite-coast-morlaix-bay/morlaix/

It is a nice harbor bay city with lots of interestings things to see, as written in my previous posts on Morlaix. However, the old architecturally nice historically relevant monument such as the Church of Saint Mathieu are our favorites.

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

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