Eglise Saint-Barnabé

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

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  • The Saint-Barnabé church, in Breton Gothic style, was erected in the 16th century. Over the centuries, it has undergone many changes, both interior and exterior.

    The bell tower-porch which overlooks a porch is inspired by the Roman facades which appeared a century earlier. It opens with an elegant semicircular arch with carved key. This arcade is framed by pilasters and surmounted by a pediment into which the niche of a statue is inserted. The bell tower proper has an openwork bell chamber on all four sides. It is topped with an octagonal Cornish-style arrow surrounded by pinnacles and gargoyles representing a wolf, a boar and a lamb. Projecting stones form a staircase which leads to the chamber of the bells. To the right of the porch, one can see a largely open ossuary of a bay supported by three ornate columns. The interior of the Saint-Barnabé church contains a variety of riches: furniture, statues and above all a superb Baroque altarpiece. Surrounded by low walls, it is flanked by the war memorial to the north and a cross of Calvary to the south.