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Manoir du Hilguy

Brittany, France

The Calvaire of Tronoën

Posted by Luci Ackers on Jun 02, 2016
The Calvaire of Tronoën

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If you're staying at the Manoir this summer, don't miss the opportunity to go and visit the Calvary at Tronoën. This old stone monument dates back to the mid 15th century and depicts a number of carved biblical scenes.

This interesting monument is one of a number in Brittany. Calvaries (or Calvaires) are a type of monumental crucifix that can be found dotted across the landscape, having once played an important role in Breton pilgrimages. The calvaires of Brittany differ from simple cross crucifixes as they include the carved scenes and figures around the edge and base.

The Breton calvaires stand in public places such as in front of churches or as wayside markers and the Tronoën calvaire is the oldest remaining one in the department. You will find it in front of the 15th century Notre-Dame Chapel of Saint-Jean-Trolimon, just under half an hour from Hilguy. It is thought to have been carved by members of several different workshops including the Maître de Tronoën in the 1450s.

Usually the figures of Mary and the apostles will be amongst those surrounding the central crucifixion scene. On this particular calvaire the focus is on Jesus' birth and childhood while the 'Flight into Egypt', which is usually depicted, does not appear. It has suffered quite a bit of erosion, over its lifetime, being so close to the windy coast of Brittany. In fact, not far away is the Pointe de la Torche, a popular tourist destination. It's a little outcropping that juts out into the Atlantic and has marvelous views of the water and rocky scenery. If you're in the area, it's worth a visit!


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Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

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