The Church St Thuriau of Crac’h!!

And as said, need to write more of places near me they are superb! We have visited Crac’h many times and one of my son’s even worked here , but little written in my blog, pity! I need to remedy that and will bring you to the main monument in town, the Church St Thuriau of Crac’h!! Passing in Armistice Day or the end of WWI celebration had an additional meaning to it. Hope you enjoy it as I.

Crach ch St Thuriau front nov21

The town of Crac’h is located in the beautiful Morbihan department 56, in the lovely region of Bretagne, and is part of the Auray Quiberon Terre Atlantique community of towns like mine. The town of Crac’h is bordered to the east by the Auray river, to the west by the Crac’h river, to the south by the towns of Saint-Philibert and Locmariaquer and to the north by the town of Auray.

I would say the main monument here and worth the detour is the Church Saint-Thuriau. The parish church dates from 1809. It has undergone several restorations. The story goes that in 1828 the Duchess of Berry granted the town assistance for repairs of the bell tower located near the coast would be a useful point of view for navigators. Above the west porch, a stone bears an inscription in Latin referring to the altitude. In 1904, the church received three beautiful new bells from Villedieu-les-Poêles.

Crach ch St Thuriau side arch ent nov21

The Church Saint Thuriau is shaped like a Latin cross, it is augmented by a square tower and a porch. The bell tower has three unequal floors and a pyramidal spire. The bell tower itself is open in four arched bays. Corner pilasters and a balustrade crown the tower. The porch has a pediment which reads: “Here is the house of God and the gate of heaven”. Inside the porch, two stone benches lean against the walls and a large holy water font is near the entrance gate.

Crach ch St Thuriau nave to altar nov21

Inside the Church Saint Thuriau, the nave is paved with stones. The wings of the transept open with daring semicircular arches, which takes place on a circular podium. The bust and the reliquary arm of Saint Thuriau contribute to the richness of the sanctuary. (The relics of this saint were brought to the Duke of Brittany at the castle of Auray then entrusted to the parish of Crac’h).  Of the large triptych altarpiece of the previous church, only the Corinthian columns framing the painting of the Descent from the Cross by Jouvenet, the original of which from 1700 is in the Louvre museum, and separating the statues of Saint-Huriau. and Saint Clair. The side altarpieces feature falling flowers and garlands topped with faces of cherubs.

Crach ch St Thuriau treasury silver nov21

There is also, The Donation of the Rosary with the figure on the left at the foot of the Virgin would be Saint Dominic and the dog, symbol of fidelity, carries the torch of faith in its mouth. On the other painting the Virgin, Saint Anne and Saint Joachim dates from 1882. Other statues enrich the church such as Saint Isidore, Saint Mathurin, Our Lady of Clarity, Saint Thuriau, Saint Appoline and Saint Avertin. At the back of the church, a vast tribune rests on four columns with Corinthian capitals and its balustrade is adorned with two angels brought back from the old altar. The organ comes from Sainte-Anne d’Auray.

Crach ch St Thuriau chapel ascension nov21
Crach ch St Thuriau chapel nov21

The city of Crac’h on its heritage so the churchhttps://www.ville-crach.fr/fr-l-eglise-paroissiale,6,98.html

The Bay of Quiberon tourist office on Crac’hhttps://www.baiedequiberon.co.uk/crac-h

There you go folks, another dandy spot in my beautiful Morbihan. Crac’h is worth the detour for its many monuments and foodies of the bay like oysters! You will do well to stop by and we love it, now more time in it. Hope you enjoy the Church St Thuriau as I

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

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