Le Faou in Finistére!!

This is an old passing but new in my blog. I just realise nothing written on this nice little town in my road warrior ways in the Finistére dept 29.

Le Faou is again a town in Finistère,dept29 in the region of Brittany. It is home to the headquarters of the Armorique Regional Natural Park of which it is a member. It is today famous for its half-timbered houses covered with slate, its Saint-Sauveur Church and the town of Rumengol which is attached to it. Le Faou is located at the end of an estuary in the bay of Brest, on the Faou river, opposite the town of Landévennec and at the crossroads of the roads N 165 (E 60) and D 42. The nearest large towns are Plougastel-Daoulas 16 km, Brest 31 km, Quimper 42 km, and Crozon 28 km. It is about 1h20 from my house.

At all times, Le Faou was located on the road axis, Roman road then Royal road, Quimper-Brest. The Faou river or Ster Goz (Breton) is a small coastal river which is named Coatalan in its upstream part, which takes its source near the hamlet of Labou en Quimerc’h, crosses the forest of Cranou and flows into the harbor of Brest by an estuary 500 to 1000 meters wide. Its length is about 17 km. At low tide, it can be considered as a tributary of the Alder river.

A bit of history I like

The viscount of Faou stretched from the sea to the gates of Carhaix-Plouguer and was one of the most powerful lordships of Cornouaille (cornwall). Morvan Vicomte du Faou leaves for the crusade; in 1364. Guy Vicomte du Faou was taken prisoner at the battle of Auray in 1364 while he was fighting under the banner of Charles de Blois; during the war of succession in Brittany. Jehan du Faou, fought in the ranks of the Duke of Brittany’s army in 1393 and took part in the crusade against the Turks in 1396 and he was taken prisoner in Nicopolis, before being released and dying in Avignon in 1397. the Maison du Faou seems to have died out around the 16C.

In the 17C, the lands of the Vicomté du Faou belonged to Armand-Jean de Vignerot du Plessis, Duke of Richelieu and Fronsac before passing to the de Rohan family. In the parish church of Faou, built in 1640, there is a door (now walled up) which was reserved for cacous (groups of inhabitants exercising the profession of coopers or tail-makers, considered as descendants of lepers).

Residents of Faou took part in the Revolt of the Bonnets Rouge in 1675 and three of them were even excluded from the amnesty of 1676. In 1686 the embassy of the King of Siam landed in Brest passed through Le Faou then Châteaulin to go to the court of Versailles to meet King Louis XIV.

In May 1790, the citizens of the town of Le Faou addressed to the National Assembly a patriotic offering of its treasures. As part of his trip to Brittany, Napoleon III, coming from Landerneau and going to Quimper, stopped for a moment at Faou on August 12, 1858.

The Church of Saint Sauveur, was founded by the Hospitaliers de Saint-Jean de Jérusalem ,and was  rebuilt in 1544 and again in 1680,when a belltower was added renaissance style facing the port. the nave was built with a double transept, the clock was raised  in 1629, the porch has the dates of 1593 and 1613 and preserve the wooden statues of 12 apostles. The main altar and two confessions chamber are from the  17C and the baptismal urn has serpents unique to Brittany for the richness of  its sculptures. Several statues decorates the church including those of  Notre-Dame de Pitié, two Virgin Mary, Saint Herbot, Saint Yves, Saint Éloi,  Sainte Barbe, etc.. A typical church here very rich and beautiful.

Le Faou

Other things to see me think are

Le Faou has the highest density of half-timbered houses in the Finistére. 23 houses are protected and one classified of historical value. The main street Rue du Général de Gaulle is lined with houses built of schist and granite, cantilevered dating from the 16C. The Church of Notre Dame of Rumengol. The Saint-Jean-Baptiste Chapel,built in 1829 now in ruins, the bell tower and the lower part of the walls remain. The maison de pays or country house (16-18C) presents a permanent exhibition devoted to the history of the town and hosts temporary exhibitions (open from July to early September).

The town of Le Faou on its heritage: https://www.lefaou.bzh/fr/bien-connaitre/histoire-du-faou

The town of Le Faou on its images, slide photos of the town nice: https://www.lefaou.bzh/fr/bien-bouger/la-ville-en-images

The tourist office of Brittany on Le Faou in English: https://www.brittanytourism.com/destinations/the-10-destinations/brest-terres-oceanes/le-faou/

There you just wanted to have this quant nice town in my blog for the memories and good times on the roads of the Finistére! in my lovely Bretagne.

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

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