The Church St Martin of Vitré!

And again doing my rounds in my own blog, found out only briefly mentioned this church and that is it. Sadly, one of the least seen in the city of Vitré but worth the detour and looking forward to see it wholly soon. You can see my many posts on Vitré as well.  Let me therefore, tell you briefly on the Church St Martin of Vitré!

The city of Vitré is located in Ille et Vilaine dept 35 of my lovely Bretagne at about 165 km and 2 hrs from my house.  The Church of Saint Martin is a Neo-Romanesque church, blessed in 1885. It was completely done in 1913 and still today it is one of the best example of Neo Romanesque construction in the department of Ille et Vilaine.

The Saint-Martin Church surprises with its size and the width of its nave. It has some very beautiful neo-Romanesque capitals and a large pulpit for preaching, much in the style of 19C creations. We are a little surprised by the very high stature of this neo-Romanesque church which literally crushes the surrounding houses in size. The porch rises halfway up the facade, which only reinforces the impression of slenderness. There are few carved parts, unlike traditional Romanesque buildings. It has a Latin cross layout, choir and transept covered with a ribbed vault, dome at the crossing of the transept, vault for the ambulatory, bell tower porch, lateral facade with multiple gables, chevet with canted sides, neo-Romanesque style , nave with large arches, triforium and double row of tall twin windows.


Artistically neo-Romanesque, through the breadth of its four levels, approaches neo-Gothic. On the first level, a series of very sober semicircular arcades is enriched with capitals. The very wide opening of the stands on the nave has a real cachet and makes all the nobility of the whole.  The central nave is very wide. Consequently, the architects authorized themselves, without fear of a feeling of being crushed, to cut the slenderness of the elevations by two cornices above the level of the stands: the lower one is with dentils, the upper one with billets. The first goes around the semi-engaged column when it meets it, while the second accommodates a capital and masks at the point of contact ,which is also that of the drop of the warheads. The pulpit to preach is a very beautiful cabinetmaking monument that occupies the entire width of a bay, it was made in 1902 .The stained glass windows in the nave are mostly made up of simple geometric shapes. However, the two most beautiful, and also the most original, are undoubtedly those which surmount the braces of the transept of the high altar.


The axis chapel is dedicated to Notre-Dame de Grâce. It is one of the most beautiful places in the church. The perimeter of this chapel hosts large murals on the themes of the Adoration of the Magi, the Adoration of the Shepherds and the Pieta . Above the altar, the statue of the Virgin and Child.

The great organ of the Saint-Martin Church perched on a platform occupying the first bay of the nave, the instrument, of neoclassical style. The construction, undertaken in 1941, was greatly delayed by the WWII.  The choir organ of the was built in 1883. It is placed at the end of the choir, in the central semicircular arch. The transmission is mechanical The instrument is housed in a one-story neo-Romanesque style sideboard supported by a high base. The bell tower of Saint-Martin Church houses five bells dating from 1885.

The city of Vitré on its history/heritage

The Vitré tourist office on arts and history:

The Ille et Vilaine 35 tourist office on St Martin Church:

The Bretagne region on things to see in Vitré:

There you go folks, a dandy city of Vitré in my lovely Bretagne. The St Martin Church is worth the detour once in town, and we will be back for more. And remember, happy travels, good health,and many cheers to all!!!

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