Eglise de Pleyben
Eglise de Pleyben
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TSinParis
Paris, France1,953 contributions
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Stop here especially to view the Calvary in the church yard. It depicts the life of Jesus Christ carved in stone. There are many of these in Brittany but I believe this is the most impressive one.
Written July 30, 2021
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Paul S
Addlestone, UK24 contributions
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Lovely old church with some stunning stained glass and a lovely calvary set in one of the nicest towns in the area
Written February 22, 2017
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Gill B
County Durham, UK105 contributions
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Pleyben is off the route between Chateauneuf du Faou and Chateulin it is a very pretty little town the main feature being the Church and Museum
Written November 2, 2016
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Boscobella
Takoma Park, Maryland, United States13 contributions
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We went to Pleyben by accident because it was the next exit off of the highway. The pouring rain had ruined our picnic. We are delighted to explore the old church. It was surprisingly large had a lot of architectural character. The calvary with its arches and large statues almost seemed like an anomaly in the square of this sleepy town. If you are near Pleyben, you should stop by the church for a quick meditation.
Written June 3, 2014
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beantony15
Kyneton, Australia199 contributions
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The Pleyben parish church, dedicated to St Germain of Auxerre, and its churchyard (or parish close) make up a remarkable collection of church buildings, some dating from the 15th century. The most famous part is the Calvary inside the main gate, begun in 1555 to tell parishioners about the life and death of Christ. The Calvary is a large and elaborate monument made up of scores (possibly hundreds) of intricately-carved figures in numerous tableaux depicting scenes from the life and death of Christ. The church interior includes painted ceilings with decorated panels, carved wooden beams, excellent statues and stained glass, a baroque high altar and a lovely carved altar-piece depicting Our Lady handing a rosary to St Domenic and St Catherine of Siena. In the parish close outside are the ossuary built in the 15th century to house the bones of the dead, an ornate main gate and triumphal archway, and the Calvary.
Written August 31, 2016
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fifytyplus
oxford368 contributions
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The statuary outside is complex, but don't miss out on the church itself, which is full of painted late medieval carvings.
Written July 5, 2016
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Yo Giacomo
Dana Point, CA2,774 contributions
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This church was a lucky find when we stopped to stretch out legs. It is incredibly impressive on the outside and on the inside the stained glass windows were excellent. Definitely worth a visit.
Written June 29, 2016
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Ron W
Fredericksburg, TX287 contributions
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While taking a leisurely afternoon drive on a sunny afternoon, we came up on Eglise de Playben and its' beautiful Calvary. There are several Calvarys in Brittany but to me, this is the best. On a post outside is a good history and of the Eglise and the Calvary. I took a picture of both descriptions so that I would not forget anything. The Eglise has beautiful stained glass windows. I walked all around the outside of the Eglise and took some good pictures of the details that had been carved in the native stone.
Written November 14, 2015
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA12,887 contributions
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The first structure you notice is the Calvary of Pleyben. These are very common in Europe and this one is one of the most famous in this part of France.

When this Calvary was built, and later moved to this location, most people were illiterate. Structures like these, along with stained glass windows, frescos on the walls and ceilings, and alters that folded open and closed depending on the church calendar, were how the clergy taught the gospel to the worshipers. This one has 30 distinct scenes which depict the life of Christ. Imagine standing before this structure for an open air homily from the priest in the 1600’s.

The second thing you see is the church. It has impressive stained glass and carvings. The wood work, especially the ceiling, a very nice.
Written September 16, 2015
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Albert047
Brussels, Belgium112 contributions
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When you enter the village of Pleyben you can surely not miss this striking church and its calvary. It is most imposing and deserves a visit. The church itself is free entrance. In summer students are around to offer you a guided tour for some pocket money. It's most definite a big plus to go and find such a guide to have some information about this impressive building. On your own you can wander around and be amazed by what you see (inside and outside) but with the guide you see a lot more. Especially the woodwork inside the church, which runs through the whole building, has a lot to tell. But without guide you just don't see this. So, the guided tour is highly recommended!
Written August 9, 2015
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