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Churches and chapels

Over the centuries, the Bretons built many churches and chapels whose architectural variety attests to the longstanding influence of the Catholic Church. Prior to the 16th century, Breton churches were often rectangular or T-shaped, with somewhat stark interiors. Rather than stone vaulting, such buildings tended to feature a panelled timber vault that was sometimes carved. Over time, Brittany’s religious architecture gradually adopted the Latin cross shape with its transepts and aisles. The region also features a small number of vestigial Romanesque churches.

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Church and Cemetery
Locronan church and cemetery.
France, Brittany, Finistère, Locronan
Study, gouache, on Canson paper
Credit: Frédéric Back
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