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Essential Saint-Brieuc

Walking in the okd Saint-Brieuc
Saint-Etienne cathedral is a granite fortress with defence worthy
of a fortified castle!
It was built between the 12th and 14th century. As it had no ramparts during the Middle ages, the cathedral was the last refuge during sieges and attacks. Nearby, the Place des droits de l’Homme square, as well as the Bellescize Pavillion - the bishop’s former residence – and its adjoining garden are well worth a visit! Don’t miss out on the old town of Saint-Brieuc and its historical houses (Maison de Ribeault , Hôtel des Ducs , etc.), after having walked through the old Baltard-style covered markets . The Louis Guilloux square and its majestic Caucasian walnut tree are keys sights, as is the lovely Place au Lin square. A short tour inside Saint-Etienne cathedral Saint-Brieuc’s history began with a monastery built at the end of the 5th century. Several waves of migrations from the United Kingdom converted Brittany to Christianism. First an oratory then a monastery were built on the swampland between the Gouët and Gouédic valleys.
The bishopric required that a cathedral be built in this exact location. Saint Guillaume, one of the
city’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 by
Yves Corlay (18th century), the Anglo-Norman 14th-century choir, the 19th-century Cavaillé Coll organ
and its sculpted wooden panelling.

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. 
 

Download our "pocket heritage" hiking sheets (2017 1st edition) to find out more about the city :

  

The viewing points of the upper town (pdf, 479 ko)

The old town (pdf, 404 ko)

Le Légué harbour (350 ko) 

 

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.