Llangar – All Saints Church


   The church in Llangar was probably built in the thirteenth century, the first reference to it comes from 1291. In the fifteenth century, it was thoroughly rebuilt or erected again. Subsequent smaller transformations were made in the 16th and 17th century, when some windows were modernized and a porch was erected. In the mid-nineteenth century, a new church, built closer to the center of the village, was built. The old temple was then abandoned, thanks to which it happily avoided Victorian modernization. Its thorough renovation was carried out in 1974.


   The church is a simple, rural building consisting of a rectangular nave without an externally separated chancel. From the south porch was placed to the nave in the seventeenth century. The original medieval window has only been preserved in the eastern wall.
Inside, on the west side of the nave, there is a gallery with spiral staircase leading to it. There is also an exceptionally valuable arch braced roof from the 15th century and a group of medieval wall paintings. On the northern wall they take the form of a series of rustic frames that probably contained a series of paintings, perhaps representing a passion. An image of an unknown bishop was placed next to them. The southern wall had images of the personification of the seven deadly sins, and below seven of the corporal works of mercy. It was a relatively popular topic of late medieval wall paintings. In Llangar, each of the seven deadly sins was represented by a person sitting on the back of an animal. Other paintings, including the great representation of death, date back to the early modern period.
   The oldest roof are four arch-braced roof trusses forming the four bays in the centre of the church. At the west end, above the gallery, further trusses were altered in the 17th or 18th centuries and are divided by a collar-beam truss. At the chancel the roof is panelled over with a barrel shaped ceiling of 15th century, although some of its fabric is of later date. It creates there the so-called “canopy of honor“.

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