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Heritage Oustanding heritage

Heritage

Brittany is France’s second-largest national heritage region, with over 3,000 listed buildings and monuments. This heritage is extremely diverse and takes in religious, military, maritime and archaeological landmarks and areas. These range from prehistoric menhirs and dolmens, to half-timbered houses typical of medieval cities, with churches, monasteries and chapels dating from the Romanesque period onwards, châteaux, manors and walled towns. Brittany is home to this centuries-old heritage.

Chapelle St Samson Chapelle St Samson Chapelle St Samson © RAGOT Eugénie

Living fortresses and châteaux

Once the object of Spanish and English rivalry, Brittany built ramparts, fortresses with inhabitable keeps and châteaux for protection against the enemy. The region’s defences also include unassailable fortifications built by the military architect Vauban, which still dominate the horizon, and of which the Belle-Ile citadel is one of its finest examples. Brittany has over 3,000 châteaux, which form an integral part of its living landscape. As you step out on the ramparts, you are also stepping into its history.

Mégalithes, quand les pierres parlent à notre imaginaire

Carnac, site mégalithique incontournable en sud Bretagne, est reconnu comme l’un des plus grands ensembles européens. Plus de 4 000 mégalithes sont comptabilisés, disposés en alignements ou dissimulés ici ou là. De menhirs en dolmens, une terre riche d’histoire à découvrir.

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Unrivalled religious architecture

The most impressive sights in Brittany, more so than the cathedrals, are the many churches, parish enclosures and majestic abbeys. There isn’t a single bay, stretch of moorland or cliff without a stone cross, a statue or a chapel. The parish enclosures dating from the 15th to 17th centuries are works of art and architecture unique in Europe.

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La route des phares

Les côtes bretonnes présentent la plus grande concentration de phares au monde, avec un record sur les pointes bretonnes. Une cinquantaine de phares illumine le littoral breton ! Symboles de l’identité maritime bretonne, sentinelles de la mer, les phares constituent un patrimoine historique exceptionnel. Le phare de l’île Vierge, 82,5 m, est le plus haut d’Europe.

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A wealth of architectural styles

Brittany’s picturesque towns (“Towns of Character”) and cities steeped in art and history (“Towns of Art and History”) are cameos of the Breton identity. Over the years, these towns have preserved their remarkable historical centres as part of the region’s rich architectural heritage. Each City of Art is a unique tourist destination, a journey in itself at every turn.

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