Eglise Saint-Malo

Historic site and monument ,  Church at Locmalo

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  • In the 10th century, a clan of Bretons from the land of Aleth, the current Saint-Malo, driven from his home by the Norman invasions, settled in the territory which had not yet taken the name of Locmalo. The cult of Saint Malo, bishop of Aleth and patron of the parish, spread in the 11th century.

    The Saint-Malo church has various architectural elements which can be explained by the numerous alterations it has undergone. From the 15th century, the Romanesque nave, without aisle, represents the oldest part of the building. Two stately chapels replace the transept arms. The north chapel is pierced by a beautiful Gothic door from the 16th century. In these times, the Rohans greatly contributed to the beautification of the church. The classicism of the end of the renaissance is found in the pilasters supporting the double cornice of the portal. The porch tower was built according to the models of the massive 16th century Morbihan towers. Its bell tower is surmounted by a cross, formerly intended for the protection of the old cemetery. Among the rich furniture of the church is an altarpiece, the left part of which represents Saint Malo blessing the faithful. Until the 1930s, according to custom, young children were placed under his statue so that they learned to walk. Many sand pits with original patterns adorn the beams: mermaids, unicorns, dragons, lions ... but also centaurs whose fantasy of the shield makes one forget the aggressiveness of combat.