In the C16th and 17th this area of Brittany saw enormous prosperity from the linen trade. Wealthy merchants, concerned for the wellbeing of their souls, contributed large amounts of money to build the splendid churches of the area. These typically have a 'parish close' (walled yard) entered by a triumphal arch and containing the church, a Calvary and an ossuary. The Church of Notre-Dame at St Thˇgonnec is one of the finest examples and has recently been restored following a fire in 1998.
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