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Church of Saint-Jacques-de-Podvid: photos, description Eglise Saint-Jacques de Pouldavid)

Church of Saint-Jacques de Podvid located in the same area of the Breton town of Douarnenez, which entered into its composition only in 1945. It is located South of the city centre.

The construction of the Church, dedicated to St. James, known in the French tradition under the name of Jacques, began in the XIV century. To this period belongs his main nave, decorated with graceful arcades. The Western portal and the bell tower was completed a century later, and the room for the choir was arranged only in the XVI century. Notably the vaulted ceiling in the choir, is adorned with 16 small frescos of the XVI-XVII centuries, depicting the passion of Christ. Unfortunately, they have survived only in fragments.

Among other details of the interior of the Church stands out for its luxurious main altar of 1696, a masterpiece of the Baroque era. Also inside there are many sculptures in painted wood, made in the XV-XVI centuries. Statues dedicated to various saints, including St. James, the patron Saint of this parish and St. John the Baptist is one of the oldest statues. Separately, a sculptural group made at the end of the XVI century and representing the descent from the cross and Lamentation of Christ - scene, better known as the "Pieta".

The Church escaped numerous destructions and following reconstructions and restoration work. Only in the XIX century it was added the chapel in the South and the sacristy in the Eastern part. From 1880, the Church of Saint-Jacques de Podvid is the center of the same parish.

In 1995, the Church of Saint-Jacques de Podvid was recognized as a monument of history and culture of France and since then is under protection of the state.