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  • 1. Château de Keriolet

    Beuzec-Conq | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The village of Beuzec-Conq, just outside Concarneau, is home to the Château de Keriolet—a fairy-tale, neo-Gothic extravaganza dating to the...Read More

  • 2. Grand Eléphant et Galerie de les Machines de l’île

    Île de Nantes | Museum/Gallery

    Had Jules Verne (a son of Nantes) and Leonardo da Vinci somehow got together when they were both in a particularly whimsical frame of mind,...Read More

  • 3. Ville Close

    Museum/Gallery

    Sitting in the middle of Concarneau's harbor, topped by a cupola–clock tower, and entered by way of a quaint drawbridge, the fortress-islet...Read More

  • 4. Base de Sous-Marins Keroman

    Military Site

    Built by the Nazis during World War II, this submarine base is the world's largest 20th-century fort. Thirty submarines could be comfortably...Read More

  • 5. Basilique St-Sauveur

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Embracing a range of architectural styles, Basilique St-Sauveur has a Romanesque south front, a Flamboyant Gothic facade, and Renaissance side...Read More

  • 6. Bois d'Amour

    Forest

    One glance at these leafy, light-dappled woods, a bit north of Pont-Aven's town center, will make you realize why artists continue to come here...Read More

  • 7. Cathédrale St-Corentin

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Brittany’s second-largest cathedral (surpassed size-wise only by the one in Dol-de-Bretagne) is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture enlivened...Read More

  • 8. Cathédrale St-Pierre

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A panoply of medieval art, St-Pierre boasts a 1537 Renaissance chapel, a Flamboyant Gothic transept portal, and a treasury. ...Read More

  • 9. Cathédrale St-Pierre

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A late-18th-century building in Classical style that took 57 years to construct, the Cathédrale St-Pierre looms above Rue de la Monnaie at the...Read More

  • 10. Cathédrale St-Pierre–St-Paul

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of France's last Gothic cathedrals, this was begun in 1434—well after most other medieval cathedrals had been completed. The facade is ponderous...Read More

  • 11. Cathédrale St-Vincent

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Originally founded in the 12th century, the Cathédrale St-Vincent represents an eclectic range of architectural styles. Inside you can pay homage...Read More

  • 12. Château

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The stolidly built, fortresslike Château, at the end of the Promenade des Petits Fossés, has a two-story tower and a 100-foot, 14th-century...Read More

  • 13. Château

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    At the edge of the ramparts sits a 15th-century château, its keep and watchtowers commanding an impressive view of the harbor and coastline...Read More

  • 14. Château de Combourg

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Chateaubriand, an icon of the Romantic Era, grew up in the thick-walled, four-tower Château de Combourg. Topped with "witches' cap" towers that...Read More

  • 15. Château de Vitré

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Rebuilt in the 14th and 15th centuries to protect Brittany from invasion, the fairy-tale, 11th-century Château de Vitré—shaped in an imposing...Read More

  • 16. Château des Ducs de Bretagne

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Built by the dukes of Brittany, who had no doubt that Nantes belonged in their domain, this moated 15th-century château looks well preserved...Read More

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  • 17. Citadelle Vauban

    Museum/Gallery

    Your first stop on Belle-Ile will most likely be Le Palais, the island’s largest community. As you enter the port, it’s impossible to miss the...Read More

  • 18. Cité des Télécoms

    Museum/Gallery

    Five kilometers (3 miles) east of Trébeurden is the Parc du Radôme, site of the giant white radar dome, whose 340-ton antenna captured the first...Read More

  • 19. Festival Interceltique

    Festival–Sight

    Held in the first half of August, this festival focuses on Celtic culture—music, drama, poetry, dance—and fellow Celts from Cornwall, Wales...Read More

  • 20. Fort National

    Military Site

    Lying offshore and accessible by causeway at low tide only, the "Bastille of Brittany" is a massive fortress with a dungeon constructed in 1689...Read More

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