Again, back at the Church Notre Dame de l’Assomption of Quimperlé !!

And I come back to the Finistére in my lovely Bretagne to tell you about another gem. I like to tell you again back at the Church Notre Dame de l’Assomption or St Michel in Quimperlé. Its once again in my road warrior mode to add new older pictures found in my vault that should be in my blog. Do see my other two posts on the church.  Hope you enjoy this latest post as I.

Quimperle ch ND de l assomption main entr contr oct12

This Church of Notre Dame de l’Assomption is a Gothic church located on Place Saint Michel. It was built in two phases, at the end of the 13C for the nave. The choir, the bell tower and the porches, were rebuilt at the beginning of the 15C by the patronage of Duke Jean V, it is a fine example of the flamboyant Gothic style, which met with great success in Brittany.

Quimperle ch ND de l assomption belltower dit st michel oct12

The Church Notre Dame de l’Assomption retains the oldest dated sand pits in Brittany, about 1430 as well as a rich statue of the Virgin. Originally, the church was a chapel. We do not know the precise date of construction, it seems likely that it is later than 1266, and probably corresponds more to the 1270s. It was only in 1773 that it took on the function of parish church when the Saint-Michel church, on the eponymous square, fell into ruins.

Quimperle ch ND de l'Assomption side front arch st oct22

.The nave corresponds to the primitive chapel, a large pilgrimage chapel 10 x 30 meters founded by Duke Jean Le Roux in the last quarter of the 13C. The simplicity of the original plan in a single vessel evokes the mendicant orders of the time, the sobriety of the style of the bays and the dedication to Notre Dame whose cult flourished in the 13C. The dimensions of the Church of Notre-Dame de l’Assomption are estimated at 36 to 38 meters by 10 meters; uncertainty about its precise length is due to demolitions at the ends of the church at the end of the 14C. In the 13C, it was perhaps extended by a narthex, lit by an oculus and probably pierced by a main porch. The church would therefore have been shifted towards the square, with an interior floor in steps and already two symmetrical portals near the choir. However, the nave has always been 11 meters high.  In 1373, the chapel was completely ruined by Bertrand Du Guesclin and Olivier de Clisson during the French occupation of the Duchy. The traces are visible: disappearance of the western facade and of the first bay(s) of the nave, later replaced by an adjoining house, artificial cutting of the gable wall, walled oculus and pierced with a loophole . The reconstruction will then take place but it is only in 1383 that the site will really resume due to a papal indulgence dated July 8. It will start with the south porch.


From 1418 until 1453, the site will expand. Under the impetus of Duke Jean V de Montfort and the annuity he grants, because of the birth of his son, the church will be restored and enlarged; we can also see the flamboyant Gothic style in these enlargements of the choir and the bell tower. From 1420 to 1453, it would become one of the first flamboyant Gothic worksites in Cornwall. The nave will be covered with a new frame in 1430. However, work will continue until the 1550s, when the stone covering of the choir, the crossing of the transept and the side chapels.  In the 16C, the new choir with an almost square plan extended the nave, doubling the surface of the chapel. The sand pits are the oldest dated sculpted sand pits in Brittany, the date indicated on one of the ermines is 1430. Their degradation led to their thorough restoration in 2011-2014, the revival of the polychromy and the bleaching of the vault.

The Parish of Quimperlé on the abbey church and others

The Local Quimperlé Terre Océane tourist office on Quimperlé

The All starts in Finistére dept 29 tourist office on Quimperlé

There you go folks, a lovely Church Notre Dame de l’Assomption or also call of St Michel by the locals. It is worth the detour to pretty Quimperlé , check my other posts on the city worth the visit in my lovely Bretagne. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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