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Culture


Living memory

Turn the pages of a book made of granite, brick and wood, and plunge into our history! Our country - audacious cathedrals, humble chapels, secret manor houses and romantic dwellings. Architechtural heritage is at your fingertips in our corner of the world. Sculpture lives with us, bridges are dizzyingly high, and balconies overlook every sidewalk.

Not so long ago, the local people were cockle fishers or harvested seaweed to enrich the soil, extracted salt from the sand or baked earth to make bricks. At another time the square riggers of Le Légué sailed the freezing waters of Newfoundland,while a certain romanticism enriched the countryside. These daily scenes from the past  are brought to life in our museums, ready to unfold for the curious visitor.

Don't be overwhelmed - step back in time in the city. Saint-Brieuc was founded by a gaulish monk in the 6th century. The 'fortress cathedral' of St Etienne, built in the between the 12th and 18th centuries bears testimony to his evangelisation. The old quarters of the town,(14th and 15th century) grafted onto the grounds around the cathedral are still full of timber framed houses, three of which are classified historical monuments. In the town centre the post office, town hall and theatre are examples of modern architecture, part of a new construction program including bridges, public artworks and the railway station.

Click here  to visit all the cultural interset sites  in Saint-Brieuc