Eglise Notre-Dame

Historic site and monument ,  Listed or registered (CNMHS) ,  Church ,  Gothic at Kernascléden

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  • Formerly a chapel, the current parish church of Kernascléden was started in 1420 and completed in 1464. It is a benchmark for flamboyant Gothic architecture.

    Externally, the northeast flank is soberly decorated. On the other hand, the western facade, the southern side and the chevet are abundantly adorned with all the varieties of flamboyant decoration. There are gables topped with hooks, an elegant balustrade overlooking the aisles of the choir, many buttresses ending in pinnacles with florets ... On the south side, the men's porch, closest to the choir, is separate from the porch of the women by a rose. To the west, there is an eight-rayed rose. The gargoyles give us a glimpse of the talent and facetiousness of sculptors in the Middle Ages. Inside this church, the nave has a stone vault, a rare element in Brittany. The coat of arms of the Viscounts of Rohan as well as the Dukes and Duchesses of Brittany who still appear on keystones in particular, prove to us that the church received their benefits. But the most unexpected lies in the importance of the murals and their state of conservation. You can admire scenes telling the public life of Jesus and the life of the Virgin Mary. We can still see the Ascension and the musician angels that the painter Maurice Denis particularly admired. Finally, we find a representation of hell and a macabre dance. A very popular theme in the 15th century, there are only two macabre dances in Brittany today. The second is housed in the chapel of Locmaria-en Inquist near Plouha in the Côtes d'Armor department. A legend links the Botre-Dame church of Kernascléden to the chapel of Saint-Fiacre in Faouët. She tells us that there were many workers on these two sites, unfortunately many of them lacked the tools. Also, the angels who watched over these two constructions thought that a group of workers could work during the rest of the second. This is why they transported the tools by celestial route from one site to another.
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