Walking in the old Saint-Brieuc
Don’t miss out on the old town of Saint-Brieuc and its historical houses (Maison de Ribeault , Hôtel desDucs , etc.), after having walked through the old Baltard-style covered markets.
The market on wednesdays and saturdays is a must.
The Louis Guilloux square and its majestic Caucasian walnut tree are keys sights, as is the lovely Place au Lin square.
Nearby the Saint-Etienne Cathedral, the Place des droits de l’Homme square, as well as the Bellescize Pavillion - the bishop’sformer residence – and its adjoining garden are well worth a visit!
A short tour inside Saint-Etienne cathedral
Saint-Etienne cathedral is a granite fortress built between the 12th and 14th century with defence worthy of a fortified castle. As it had no ramparts duringthe Middle ages, the cathedral was the last refuge during sieges and attacks.
Saint-Brieuc’s history began with a monastery built at the end of the 5th century. Several waves of migrationsfrom the United Kingdom converted Brittany to Christianism. First an oratory then a monastery were builton the swampland between the Gouët and Gouédic valleys.
The bishopric required that a cathedral be built in this exact location. Saint Guillaume, one of thecity’s founding bishops, gave his name to the town’s main pedestrian street. To be discovered inside the Saint Etienne cathedral: the sumptuous Annunciation altarpiece sculpted byYves Corlay (18th century), the Anglo-Norman 14th-century choir, the 19th-century Cavaillé Coll organand its sculpted wooden panelling.