The Calvary of Plougastel-Daoulas!

The town of Plougastel-Daoulas.has lots of memories for us and even family birthdays celebrated there, Several posts in my blog, but need to update this one on the wonderful Calvary of St Peter’s Church, Plougastel-Daoulas is in the dept 29 of Finistère in my lovely region of Bretagne.

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It is a town in the Brest harbor, located on a peninsula , which is separated by the mouth of the Élorn. The town is part of the former bishopric of Cornouaille. Plougastel-Daoulas remained very isolated, the Élorn being an obstacle to its relations with the Bishopric of Leon and especially with Brest. Before the construction of the Albert-Louppe Bridge in 1930, only one ferry allowed to cross the estuary starting from the place called the Passage to lead to a place of the same name located on the current town of Relecq-Kerhuon. Lots of battles here in WWII when finally the Plougastel Peninsula was liberateon August 30, 1944.

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The calvary of Plougastel-Daoulas dates from 1602-1604 and its about 10 meters high. On a yellow granite base of Logonna-Daoulas, about 182 statues carved in blue Kersanton stone, the larger ones measure one meter and weigh from 100 to 200 kg. They illustrate, in 28 paintings, biblical scenes of the life of Christ or legendary scenes such as Katel Kollet. It is one of the seven great Calvaries of Brittany. The octagon that forms the core of the basement is 1.70 meters apart.  A 14-step staircase near the northwestern foothills provides access to the central platform where the preacher was once installed. It was erected as a result of the plague epidemic of 1598. This is a religious ensemble which is unique of Brittany. This one is one of the best around. The stairs on the side allowing to go inside where the predicator is illuminated.

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This is a tremendous beautiful gorgeous magnificent calvary that is a must see even passing just for it is good. My best in the region simple yet detailing of such love and history of Christ. The original date is under the statue of Christ. There is the Nativity, the flight to Egypt, the Last Supper, and the washing of the feet. The great drama of the passion then unfolds in an army of actors among different groups of statuettes. One is the one depicting the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ in Jérusalem. It is dominated by three large crosses in the center.  Destroyed during the period of the terror (French revolution), it was restored again after the liberation after been damaged during the siege of Brest in WWII.

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John Davis Skilton, Jr, had statues and stone fragments stored away and, back in the United States, created a foundation to help restore the monument. In 1944, during the American advance, the Calvary was hit by shells, several statues were destroyed as well as the three crosses. John D. Skilton, American officer and art adviser in the United States, created, once back in his country, the “Plougastel Calvary Restoration Fund Inc” in order to collect the funds necessary for the repair of the Calvary. The work carried out under the direction of the Ministry of Fine Arts and Historic Monuments was completed in 1949. John Davis Skilton, Jr was made an honorary citizen of Plougastel-Daoulas on July 16, 1950.

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The famous 7 calvaries of Brittany on Plougastelhttp://www.7calvaires.fr/en/plougastel/

The city of Plougastel on its heritagehttps://ville-plougastel.bzh/decouvrir-plougastel/tourisme/

There you go folks, this Calvary is a must to visit I said… on a wonderful city of Plougastel-Daoulas. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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2 Comments to “The Calvary of Plougastel-Daoulas!”

  1. Calvaries, my favourite part of Brittany!

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