Church St Thurien of Plogonnec!

I am in my road warrior days in my lovely Bretagne in my belle France and finally got to see it close. I cannot count the times passed by it , always curious for its spire tower looking at it from the road D63 in the dept 29 of Finistére, and finally got in the town! This is an update of this nice post me think; hope you enjoy it as I

I was coming back home and saw the spire, did a quick turn and went for the town of Plogonnec , finally!. So much to see and want to see it all!!! Unfortunately again, there was a service going on so could not and won’t take pictures of the inside, while service is going on. Let me tell you thus a bit more on the Church Saint Thurien of Plogonnec deep in off the beaten path territory!

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The town of Plogonnec is located 13 km from Quimper and 13 km from Douarnenez and 4 km from Locronan (I was coming in from here!). Plogonnec comes from Breton ploe (parish) and from Saint-Connec or Conec . In Breton it is name Plogoneg.  The first act which signals its existence is found in the cartulary of Quimperlé Abbey. This is a donation made to Saint Ronan on April 12, 1203. In this cartulaire the name of the parish is written “Plue Gunuc”, then “Ploegonohc” and “Ploe Gonoc. The parish of Plogonnec falls under the old regime (monarchy) direct fiefs of the Névet (western and eastern part of the parish) and the princes of Rohan (central part), all under the direct authority of the Bishops of Cornouaille.

There is little information online on this church so I will translate my condense description from the city of Plogonnec by yours truly.

The current Church Saint Thurien , started in the 15C. The set includes a nave and two side walls of six spans, a flat chevet decorated with three windows and a false transept. The large, dark aspect of the nave is matched by the large windows of the false transept and the choir. The church presents some remains of the 15C, but dates mainly from the 16C, with the exception of the bell tower, started in 1657, which was deeply altered in the 18C. The sacristy was built in 1864.

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The bell tower, rectangular, leans on powerful buttresses. It is accosted by two octagonal turrets, each capped with a ribbed dome and bulbuls, crowned with a lantern. It has many inscriptions, including that of the western tympanum, under the statue of Saint Thurien. Here is the translation: “O Saint Thurien, keep your tower and your church, so that the features of Jupiter’s trident will not damage it”.

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The apse is flat, with three large windows framed by buttresses.  The forecourt is decorated with a Gothic triumphal arch from the 16C, enhanced with a coronation and a pediment from 1730. From the old cemetery, which until the 1920s occupied the north and east of the wall, there remain two betyls (sacred stones), one with grooves, the other surmounted by a cross and embedded in the enclosure wall. The south facade has a portion of the 15C wall at the base of the bell tower. The porch dates from 1581. Its semicircular opening is framed by two Gothic niches containing statues of Saint Catherine and Sainte Anne. It has retained its interior carved wooden door. The rest of the facade is made up of three large bays surmounted by gables with creepers with hooks.

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The statues in polychrome stone are Saint Thurien (18C), Saint Etienne (18C), Saint Claude (16C), Saint Maudez (16C), Saint Herbot (17C). and In polychrome wood are Christ on the Cross, Madonna and Child known as Our Lady of the Rosary, and San Sebastian. The furniture has on the central altarpiece, with its painted woodwork from the beginning of the 18C and its two niches with golden pilasters and garlands. The side altars of the 17C and the woodwork of the 19C (restored in 1996). Against the walls, the stalls. In the choir, used for worship, the tracery altar with sculptures from 1990.

The pulpit to preach from 1780 with the Doctors of the West on the panels of the tank. Two half-domed confessionals dating from the 18C. The ancient granite baptismal font. On the wall, near the south door, a 17C painted panel: it contains nine scenes from the life of Saint Maudez and probably comes from an altarpiece dedicated to an altar dedicated to the same saint. The whole was restored in 1994.

The city of Plogonnec on the Church of Saint Thurienhttps://www.plogonnec.fr/leglise-saint-thurien/

The city of Plogonnec on its heritage including the church above: https://www.plogonnec.fr/sujet/tourisme/patrimoine/

And there you go folks, another wonderful architecturally stunning building or Church Saint Thurien in off the beaten path town of Plogonnec! You just need a car but the possibilities are endless in this region of Bretagne. Hope you enjoy the tour as I.

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

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