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Ille-et-Vilaine Department
Bretagne Region
Upper Town
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Saint-Léonard Church

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P9211158ac Fougères Upper Town Saint-Léonard Church Facade 12th 15th 17th 19th

P9211158ac Fougères Upper Town Saint-Léonard  Church Facade 12th 15th 17th 19th
St. Leonard is one of the parish churches of Fougeres , door of Brittany France; It is situated in the upper town in the immediate vicinity of the City Hall and the Public Garden; The impasse Saint -Léonard separates the seat of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the country of Fougères. History : The Church of St. Leonard was erected in the twelfth century by the monks of Pontlevoy on the plateau overlooking the castle of Fougeres; This foundation is the result of a dispute relating to the Church of St. Nicolas , which had opposed the religious of Pontlevoy and those of Marmoutiers wanting to injure them; Very soon, St. Leonard became the Parish of the new town of Fougeres; It was rebuilt from 1407 to 1636 in a Gothic style to meet the demands of population growth that the city was experiencing; Desecrated during the revolution, the building was overhauledin the nineteenth by architects Tourneux and Prioul, including the reorientation of the sanctuary, its expansion and the building of a new facade;
The church has been the subject of an entry in the supplementary inventory of historic buildings March 15, 1949;
Architecture :
Outside: St. Leonard Ferns is a typical example of religious buildings built in Upper Brittany at the end of the Middle Ages; Without transept it is a chapel, complete with a flat bed, a wide nave flanked by a row of chapels built at the discretion of the foundations and the needs of a growing population; However, the church has multiple homogeneous gabled facades, builders being compelled to build regular chapels; The North side , facing the town has a substantially richer ornamentation ( gallery renaissance gables adorned with leaves and kale , an upper decorated with a representation of original sin window carved pinnacles , gargoyles ... ) that South aisle that lined the walls; The main facade dates from the nineteenth century and replaces the original chorus; Placed on a high emmarchement , real stone lace , she transposes the model of large flamboyant facades of Ile- de- France (Beauvais , Senlis , Sens and Meaux ) in the Breton skies , using brilliantly kersanton for a result more gracefull; The main door with the eardrum perforated, is surrounded by foothills ordered pinnacles , a gable crowning everything and interrupting a first carved gallery adjacent to a terrace halfway up; Behind a rose six meters in diameter is the major adornment of the frontispiece; A second balustrade surmounts the intermediate wall and finishes by a pediment decorated with foliage motifs; Two powerful buttresses decorated with pinnacles and terminated by pinnacles , balance the horizontal lines of degrees or galleries, contributing even some upward momentum of the book; The tower is built of local granite extraction, in contrast to the gray color of kersanton; If the base is the oldest part of the building, the upper floors betray signs of a Renaissance style tempered by the hard stone carving: with gargoyles shaped guns and a Renaissance gallery, round ends with belfry crowned by a dome skylight;
Interior : The Church of St. Leonard of Fougères has a basilica plan simpler; It is indeed a wide nave of nine bays flanked by aisles, the first bay forming a kind of narthex opening two chapels (one under the tower); The building looks like a church hal , the Douvis covering the nave having however been raised to a height above the arches of the side aisles during the nineteenth century; The elevation is two stories : large arches with continuous arches that cover a Douvis punctuated by double arches; Direct lighting of the nave is parsimonious : if Western mistress rose window and the Eastern contributing thereto, are more windows that allow collateral indirectly provide some brightness nave; Originally , the collateral consisted of a sequence of independent chapels; Regularization plan of the building in the nineteenth century has significantly changed the perception of volume , distribution of spaces and internal circulation; The couvrement collateral warheads by stone arches and decoration of South chapels ( tabernacles and tiled sinks) attest still partially primitive provisions; The liturgical choir space is singled out by the presence of a triumphal arch at the entrance and the ribbed vaulting the last two bays of the church; The last date of the nineteenth century saw the change in orientation of the building, the façade is now facing uptown;
Stained Glasses : Most of the windows of the church Saint -Léonard were built in 1959; The bombing of the city in 1944 with the old windows blown leaned Francois Lorin ( 1900-1972 ) , master glassmaker in Chartres, to provide windows in collateral and bedside standing figures of Brittany Saints or having been subject to a special veneration in the Middle Ages and during the Ancien Regime; The building still retains some fragments of the glazing of the sixteenth century and the oldest stained glass in Britain, which comes from the abbey of Saint- Denis and dates from the twelfth century; These pieces exhibited in chapels flanking the main facade of St. Leonard , were ranked 10 December 1906; France Bretagne Region Ille-et-Vilaine Department Fougères Upper Town Saint-Léonard Church.

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