Notre-Dame-du-Paradis: stony pig and plague epidemic
A majestic church
Do you see this huge bell-tower (16th c) with its 65 metres high spire? And do you see this gorgeous High Gothic porch? We have funny animals gargoyles... even a pig! Completed in 1530, the current Gothic church replaced an older church (12th century). Inside, we have organs (middle of the 18th century). Stained-glass windows were made between 1955 and 1965 by Max Ingrand. And also... this statue, this golden Virgin! She used to save Hennebont!
She saved it especially in 1699, during a plague epidemic. Hennebont’s mayor, Haycinthe Cornic, came with inhabitants to put the city’s keys down at the Virgin’s feet. A last hope... They promised her a silver statue if the epidemic stopped. And on the next morning... the plague was over! So, on the first day of October 1700, four Hennebont judges brought a nice silver statue on the church altar. A promise is a promise! Unfortunately, they melted it during the French Revolution. Another one replaced it, crowned in 1900.