Again ,the Church Saint Sulpice of Fougéres !

And as we like Fougéres why not staying a bit longer here! Very nice town, one of the dandies in my lovely Bretagne, a find.  Fougéres is 177 km from my house. I found me several pictures that should be in my blog and well here is an additional post on the Church of Saint Sulpice. Hope you enjoy it as I.


The Church of Saint-Sulpice is located at the foot of the castle of Fougères, outside the city walls. Between the castle moat and the old courtyard of the Nançon, in the medieval area of the Tanners, it forms the heart of the Old Town (Lower town), as opposed to the Church of Saint-Léonard (see post), located in the Bourg-Neuf (upper town) which developed from the 12C.


Founded in the 11C to the south of the castle, rebuilt in the 15-16C in a flamboyant Gothic style, completed for the choir in the 18C, the Church of Saint Sulpice is one of the richest in Bretagne such as the nave framed in the hull of an inverted boat , Louis XV woodwork, medieval granite altarpieces, and 16C stained glass windows. Outside, amazing sculptures including a gargoyle called “the satyr” and a sculpture of the fairy Mélusine above the door of the church.


Inside, in the chapel on the left, don’t miss the statue of Notre-Dame-des-Marais. Legend has it that this highly venerated statue was discovered in the 13C near the castle. In the choir also admire the beautiful woodwork dating from the 18C , The current stained glass windows of Saint-Sulpice Church  were made between 1885 and 1926, with the exception of five fragments of stained glass dating from 1558.


The old side chapels, transformed into lower sides, from 1480 to 1530, are separated from the nave by pointed arch arcades, with numerous arches resting on octagonal pillars without capitals. They were hard-ribbed vaulted in the first half of the 16C. The old Grande Notre Dame Chapel, which was created at the end of the 15C by the combination of the primitive Chapel of Notre-Dame built around 1400 and the Paël Chapel built around 1406. The Grande Notre-Dame Chapel had thus been transformed to house the ancient Caen stone statue of Notre-Dame-des-Marais, but the opposition of the parishioners forced the venerated statue to be left in its original place, and, a new stone statue of the Virgin from the 15C, which still exists, was placed in the chapel. This chapel retains a pretty granite altarpiece, called the Rosary Retable. It was probably begun during the reign of the Duchess Anne de Bretagne ,and finished when she was already Queen of France, because it bears a full crest of Brittany, and one of its credenzas is adorned with a crest from France and Brittany.


The Fougéres tourist office on the Church of St Sulpice

The Ille et Vilaine dept 35 tourist office on the Church of St Sulpice

There you go folks another dandy in my lovely Bretagne. Hope you have enjoy the post and do stop by , worth the detour me think. The Church of Saint Sulpice is one site to visit while in Fougéres,

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

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