Lannion, a re visit to the north!

I come back to you to another find in my lovely Brittany. This time again I go up north to the Côtes d’Armor dept 22 and the pretty city of Lannion. Big world one of my co workers is a native!

The origin of the name Lannion comes from “Lann”, which designates a religious establishment created by the Bretons of the High Middle Ages.

The city of Lannion is served by a four-lane road connecting it to Guingamp on the N12 (Paris-Brest). From a TGV station in low season, the TGV provides a connection on Friday evening from Paris with a return to the capital on Sunday evening. In high season, a rotation per day is ensured in addition to the weekend’s service. The high-speed line “Le Mans-Rennes”, opened in 2017, will allow to earn 40 min on average on the journey to Paris from the stations of Plouaret and Lannion. The station is also, served daily by the local TER Bretagne trains. Lannion is located at 35 km from Guingamp; 84 km from Brest; 166 km from Rennes; and 515 km from Paris.

Lannion is a bridge town on the Léguer river. The proximity to the mouth of the Léguer makes the river level in the city center different from several meters depending on the tides. This feature allowed the establishment of a forjd in the most remote times at the level of the bridge of Kermaria, point where the influence of the tides stops as you can see near the rue Saint-Christophe-le-Passer. A dam allows to hold the water brought in by the rising tide and to release it in an artificial path at a descending tide.


A bit of history I like

The numerous megaliths in the region testify to its ancient past, not to mention the flints, axes and polished stones belonging to the prehistoric ages. Near Lannion the Tumulus de la Motta contains precious metal jewelry. The menhir of the Crec’h in Servel and that of Saint-Patrice, also called the Menhir of Righteousness (by the rue des Fréres Lagadec, included in a wall), are in fact two Gallic stelae. The second was Christianized.

The first dam used as a fish trap built in Servel, 190 meters long, formed of piles connected by wooden strips, with triangular platforms anchoring the structure in the sand and also serving as breakwaters, was built between 613 and 615 ( These dates were found thanks to the dating of the oak wood  used for its construction in the estuary of the Léguer river. At a descending tide, the fish were trapped in the reservoir.  Lannion is involved, during the Hundred Years War and the war of the Succession of Brittany.

Things to see

The Church of Saint-Jean-du-Baly, with its tower of 1519 and the vault of its nave restored in 2003 is one of the highlights of visiting this town in my opinion but there is more. The Church  is nicknamed Notre-Dame until about 1625. This Church replaced the Chapel depending on the Castle of Lannion and dedicated to Saint Eloi. The Church was built in the 14C and later renovated in the 15C and 16C. Then, again  in the 17C, by the addition of a small sacristy.  Some of the highlights inside are the Calvary dated 1867 , a Sundial dated 1668, the  altarpiece of the Rosary  and several portraits such as that of the Virgin, St. Dominic and Saint Catherine of Siena ,also, St. Anne and St Mary and St. Joseph and the child Jesus. The master Altar dated 1787,  altarpiece of the Sacred Heart, Chapel of Death (altarpiece),  the pulpit dates from the 17C. The figures of the rim of the cupola represent the evangelists: a man for Matthew, a lion for Mark, an ox for Luke and an eagle for John.  The Church ,also has a beautiful series of six stained glass windows Arts Deco style, set up between 1925 and 1930. They are due to Henri-Marcel Magne, also the stained glass painter for the Sacré-Coeur of Montmartre Paris, and they were made by the workshops of the Church in Paris. Their restoration was completed in 1999.

The Chapel of Collège Saint-Joseph, built from 1935 to 1938 . in the filiation of the Seiz Breur. The Church of Brélévenez, and its staircase of 142 steps that leads to the bottom of the city. The other Churches: Sainte Marguerite in Buhulien, Saint Ivy in Loguivy-lès-Lannion, Saint Pierre in Servel. Also, the Saint Roch Chapel, 15-16C. The Ursuline Convent. The monastery of Sainte-Anne transformed partially fin 2006 into a media library, the several half-timbered houses.

The Château du Cruguil, 15C you can see it in Summers. This former residence of the family of Lannion was transformed into a farmhouse from the 17C. In the 19C, the castle passed through the marriage of the last of Lannion to the family of Mac-Mahon, who transmitted it at the end of the 19C to the Earl of Lur-Saluces whose daughter married Baron Édouard Hainguerlot, former mayor of Brélevenez. It has been in this family since.

The Château de Kerivon D65  road in private hands but to look on the outside, the Manoir de Langonaval, 15C, you can visit in Summers. Le Manoir de Kerprigent, exterior visitable by appointment.  Lannion also has two superb beaches to Beg Léguer and two mooring sites offering 176 boat places.

The  Maison du Chapelier or hatters 16-17C, located at No. 29, Place Général Leclerc is something to stop and closer look. This house, which for a long time was millinery, replaces a house destroyed during the wars of the League. It was rebuilt in 1646. Antother one located at No. 31,  contains caryatids carved in the style of Henri IV and replaces an old house mentioned by an act dated 02 June 1444 in the renter of the factory of Saint Jean du Baly!

Some webpages to help you plan your trip are

City of Lannion on heritage

Tourists office of North Brittany on St Jean du Baly Church

Hope it helps you enjoy this area, nice and coastal pretty towns abound. Great for a weekend getaway and we are always looking for that !!

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

3 Comments to “Lannion, a re visit to the north!”

  1. I love all those monoliths in Brittany and I would like to see the 2 you mention here. I would also like to see the Art Deco stained glass windows in Lannion’s church. 👍

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