The dark sky made it look extra dramatic but it was pretty dramatic on its own.
We found out later that it was an excellent example of a parish close, a type of religious architecture unique to Brittany.
The sculptural part of the structure is a calvaire (Calvary) which depicts the crucifixion but also other scenes from Christ's life.
Although it was made in the 16th century it seems very medieval.
The Bretons are a Celtic people with their own language (although it's not widely spoken today) and their own religious traditions.
As we were photographing the calvaire the sky was lightening up.