France | Brittany


Typically Breton, the parish close (known as the enclos paroissal) is a religious architectural grouping that appears most commonly in Lower Brittany. Built alongside the church and invariably walled-in, the parish close typically included a ceremonial arch, a porch, an ossuary (resting place for human bones), and very often a beautifully carved Calvary (sculpted representation of the Crucifixion). It is said that the parish close allows parishioners to remain in touch with their dead.

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Ruins of Penmarc'h Church's ossuary.
France, Brittany, Finistère, Penmarc'h
Study, gouache, on sepia paper
Credit: Frédéric Back
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