Some news from Bretagne, XXIII

As a continuation of my last post on Commana and the parroquial enclosure, we had time and try to see always something else before returning home. There is so much to see here and so little time really. I will be away for a week in Spain from tomorrow so off I go from the radars until the big Labor Day weekend here in May 1st (three days weekend).

Just as a reference this is my last post on the Commana and the Finistére dept 29 of Brittany:

Going to this area is always a wonderful experience, passing by the Monts d’Arrée, this is a semi desert area in the Finistére very close to Breton history and folklore.

The area is composed of sedimentary and metamorphous rocks dating back to the Paleozoic period. The hills mark the limits of the Cornouaille and Léon parishes of old Brittany. The landscape is close to that of Ireland and Wales. As I said, it is in the Finistére department 29 of Brittany and have main towns as  Berrien, Botmeur, Brennilis, Commana, Huelgoat (my favorite jellies are made here! Les 4 saisons) , La Feuillée, Le Cloître Saint Thégonnec, Loqueffret, Plounéour-Ménez, Saint Rivoal, and Sizun (see my post on this town). Not your typical name towns off the beaten path of tourists but the real still Brittany,and their Breton language. It is the heart of the  « Bretagne bretonnante » or lower Brittany (Breizh-Izel inn Breton) with its traditions , legends and preserve ecosystem. The Monts d’Arrée are part of the Parc Naturel Régional d’Armorique created by law in 1969.  

It houses the highest peaks in Brittany! That of the Roc’h Trevezel with 384 meters and Roc’h ar Feunteun 371 meters , Roc’h Trédudon at 383 meters and Roc’h Ruz (red rock in Breton) ,the highest of them all at 385 meters. The area has lots of history and many encounters going back to the year 554AD .  The evangelism was done first by Saint-Joua at Brasparts (where he died), the combat of 55AD between the armies of  Comonor , Count of de Poher, and  Tudal, Prince of  Domnonée (supported by King of the Francs  Childebert) at the site of  Relecq (in town of  Plounéour-Ménez),at the foot of the Arrée.  Here the first abbey was done that of the Abbaye du Relec by the year 560AD by a disciple of Pol Aurélien, even if history keeps the date of 1132AD as the date of the foundation of the abbey by the Cistercian order.

We did try to stop by the museum or Ecomusée Monts d’Arrée just off Commana direction Sizun, but on Saturdays it was closed when we were in the area, see some pictures of it from outside; a great place to see the history indeed, will be back; only in French or Breton, the webpage is here:

There is a great site on this area but in French, the flora , fauna, traditions and great interesting places from even a huge radio and TV antenna that helps transmit in the hills and valleys of the Arrée is a sight to see along the road D764. more here:

More from Tourism of Brittany here (the French version has more info):

And the tourism of Finistére here (good English version):

Enjoy the magical Finistére and Bretagne or Breizh; degemer mat = welcome ! Enjoy your Sunday!

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