North Brittany: Saint Brieuc

So on this day in our times…a Sunday;  becoming too philosophical on this blog ::) I like to bring you up well Brittany , my region/state is fairly divided into north central and south but most define it as north and south, so I live in South Brittany, but there is also, North Brittany. I like to tell you a bit more about Saint Brieuc.

I have written a bit on a previous blog post here: Going north to Saint Brieuc

The city of Saint-Brieuc is located at the edge of the channel, at the bottom of a bay to which it gives its name (Baie de Saint-Brieuc). At 144 km from Brest and 99 from Rennes, the municipality is crossed by the  road N12, at km 416. It has a SNCF train station located on the Paris-Brest line as well as on the line to Dinan. The country of Saint-Brieuc  is the country of upper Brittany where the use of the Gallo language is the most frequent (the region of Brittany is gallo in one half a descendent of Latin Romanesque and Breton from the Celtic lands of today Great Britain.

A bit of history I like

The town takes its name from the monk Brioc, its founder. Originally from the Ceredigion (present-day Wales), he settled on the heights around 480AD and founded a monastery, near where is still the fountain Saint-Brieuc. The porch of the fountain was built in 1420 by Marguerite de Clisson, Countess of Penthièvre. Saint Brieuc is one of the seven founding Saints of Brittany. The city was a pilgrimage stage. In 848, Breton King Nominoë made a reshuffle of the bishoprics under his hold after the departure of the Normans. It was on this date that the bishopric of Saint-Brieuc was founded. The relics of Saint Brieuc, which had been put to safety at the time of the Norman invasion, returned to the city in 1210.

In 1220 is the elevation to the episcopate of Guillaume Pinchion, one of the greatest craftsmen in the construction of the Cathedral. He died in 1234 and was canonized as early as 1247 (Saint Guillaume) by Pope Innocent IV without seeing the completion of his work by his successor, Philippe, in 1248. It is the first Saint of Armorique (old name for Brittany) canonized in Rome. The Cathedral was built from the 13C to the 18C

In 1790, during the French revolution, Saint-Brieuc became the capital of the Department of Côtes du Nord (later rename Côtes-d’Armor in 1990) During this period, the municipality temporarily carried the name Port-Brieuc in 1793, during the terror, the war between the Chouans and the blues raged. The liberation of Saint-Brieuc was done by the American troops of General George Patton on August 6, 1944.

Things to see

The Italian Theater, Place de La Poste, nice bas-reliefs on the facade of attic. Many houses in wooden pans, notably Rue Fang, place au Lin, rue Pohel, Rue Quinquaine and Rue de Gouët (Hotel aka of the Dukes of Brittany, 1572; Houses of the Barriére and Le Ribault 16C. Hôtel de Bellescize 17C, La Tour de l’Hôtel de Saint-Esprit 15C The dovecote of the Jardin du Colombier 15C-16C . The Notre-Dame Fountain from the 15C, the Basilica of Our Lady of Hope 1854-1877; Saint-Michel Church 1837-1841, the first historical parish of Saint-Brieu; The park of the Villa Rohannec’h. Also, on the old seminary taken over under the French revolution, it was grouped from different sources into the museum of art and history of the city of Saint Brieuc , below photo.

Saint Brieuc

The main thing here is the Saint-Brieuc Cathedral (11C to 18C) This Cathedral is one of the nine historic Cathedrals of Brittany. The North tower was built at the beginning of the 13C. After a fire, the choir and nave were rebuilt between 1354 and 1357. The vaults of the aisle date from 1735, and the upper vaults of 1879. The Cathedral is equipped with a Cavaillon-Coll organ, named after one of the most famous organ factors of the 19C. A similar organ is found in the Church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris. Several other Churches are spread all over town.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Tourist office of St Brieuc :

City of St Brieuc :

 Tourist office Côte d’Armor north Brittany:

Tourist office of Brittany:

Site of the natural reserve of the bay of Saint Brieuc:

Now you have a comprehensive bunch of information to make your stay here worthwhile, it is worth a detour in the north.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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