1/36.- Welcome to Breton Church Enclosures!!!


Hello, and welcome to Brittany, the westernmost part of France, protruding into the Atlantic. Today the province is supposed to be far from Paris, which it is, but in the 15th and 16th centuries, Brittany with its harbors and towns was one of the centres of maritime trade in the Atlantic. Thereafter, that role was taken over by the larger Dutch and English harbors, but Brittany stayed famous notably for its linen-weaving and sail-making. In towns like Guimiliau, Sizun and Saint Thégonnec, much of the acquired wealth was put to the service of the Breton's profound faith as well as to the spirit of competition between the towns. Thus, the churches were adorned with enclosures, walled churchyards containing monuments.

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