Monday, 9 September 2013

secret shell surprise

After Lihou we headed to The Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Fort Hommet,

Fort Hommet is at the north end of Vazon
(which is a brilliant beach, loads of sand and very gradual incline)
Round the back is the entrance to a German bunker, and in side you get the surprise of your life, because you find this!
This amazing project was started in the 1960's as a labour of love by Hubert Le Galloudec, he wanted to turn some thing that had been built out of evil, into some thing that was beautiful and peaceful.

the walls are covered in religious symbols depicted in periwinkle all collected from local beaches
They are stunning in a innocent way, but I cant remember what the cockerel stood for, but I think it was my favorite
here's one we all know, Noah's Ark
The States of Guernsey closed it in the 70's due to health and safety, but a group of locals got it opened in 2005 and set about restoring it, as vandals and water had caused a lot of damage, 
They are still repairing it (and have an amazing stash to be working from), and volunteers open it on the second and fourth Saturday of every month from April to October (2 till 4pm). And its free, but its nice to make a donation.
So you have 3 more weekends to go and admire Hubert's amazing legacy this year
He looks a real character doesn't he?

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