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March 2, 2023

The Château de Kériolet of Concarneau, part II !!

I am back at you again on this wonderful nearby castle ,up the alley from my house, less than an hour, I have been to Concarneau with the family in several occassions, see the other posts, I finally made it inside but left some pictures now found in my vault that should be in my blog. I like to present to you the Château de Kériolet and its unique architecture and history.


The Château de Kériolet is a neo-Gothic and part Renaissance castle located near Beuzec-Conq in the town of Concarneau, in dept 29 of Finistère in my lovely Bretagne ,and in my belle France.

keriolet castle neo gothic tower door in inner courtyard aug19

The incredible fate of the Russian Imperial Princess Zénaïde Narischkine and her husband the Comte de Chauveau. Before the arrival of the incredible couple, Keriolet was only a mansion dating from the beginning of the 13C, which was modified and embellished at the request of the princess. This widow of a Prince Youssoupov, aunt of the immensely wealthy Tsar Nicholas II, indeed met this young man 30 years younger in Saint Petersburg. Tsar Alexander II consented to the marriage provided that the couple left Russia, and she, and him emigrates to France to ger married, and live in Keriolet. When the count died in 1889, the princess left Keriolet for good. The magnificent castle then had several owners, including Félix Youssoupov, great-grandson of Zénaïde and assassin of Rasputin in 1916, but he abandoned the castle, which was left abandoned. In 1987, Christophe Lévêque, a Parisian lover of old stones, set out to revive the castle from its ashes. The restoration of the Château de Kériolet began in 1988 in order to become a welcoming place.

When the Count died suddenly in 1889 of a heart attack, Zénaïde returned to settle in her Parisian mansion where she died in 1893 at the age of over 90. She then bequeaths the castle to the department of Finistère, provided that everything remains in good condition. The department respects the last wishes of the deceased. From the Salle des Gardes where the grand receptions were held, to the Salle d’Armes where the marvelous collections of the Princess’s works of art are located, passing through the dining room and the kitchen, you will relive the comfortable existence of this unusual couple. The inner courtyard of the castle is a mixture of medieval, Renaissance and neo-Gothic style, which illustrates the whimsical character of the woman who had it built.

The Salle des Gardes of the Château de Kériolet was used as a ballroom during large receptions given by the princess. It has a Kersanton stone fireplace, a listed work of art. Above the fireplace is a sculpture representing the account accompanied by his family tree linking him to the French aristocracy. Four stained glass windows representing the count in various situations are also to be admired.

keriolet kitchen out to hunting hall to jardins aug19

As its name suggests, this room was once used to store weapons. Today, the Salle d’Armes has been restored to its original medieval style and houses a 16C pew that fits perfectly into the ambience of the hall.

keriolet grand salon armor men aug19

The Salon or living room was the room that the princess preferred. Facing south, it heated naturally. The princess stored all her collections there: Chinese porcelain, tapestries, earthenware, etc.

keriolet grand salon stained glass of Charles fake personages aug19

keriolet grand salon 15C chimney aug19

keriolet passage hall to kitchen aug19

The  salle à manger or dining room has been completely restored and offers a decoration in a very Breton style with its ceiling adorned with fleur-de-lis and ermine legs.

keriolet kitchen thru window aug19

The cuisine or kitchen was lucky to be spared from the looters. Its walls are covered with Desvres earthenware and each tile is painted by hand. The crypt serves as a boiler room. Thanks to three stoves, the castle already benefited at the time from an underfloor heating system.

keriolet cellars cave heating element aug19

keriolet cellars caves below aug19

The inner courtyard of the Château de Kériolet perfectly represents the whimsical character of the princess. Indeed, it is made up of different styles: the west wing is medieval, part of the north wing is Renaissance and on the side of the Salle des Gardes, the eclectic neo-Gothic style comes into its own.

keriolet castle courtyard back castle cloister and tower aug19

keriolet jardin statue charles VIII aug19

The official Château de Kériolet :

The official Concarneau tourist office on the Kériolet castle :

There you go folks, another dandy castle in the dukedom of Bretagne indeed, plenty of all kinds abound ,and this one is a must to visit me think. Again ,hope you enjoy the post on the Château de Kériolet of Concarneau as I

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

March 2, 2023

Curiosities of Concarneau !!!.

Let me tell you more of the walled City or Ville Close of Concarneau, Plenty written on this marvel of architecture and history in the Finistére dept 29 of my lovely Bretagne and in my belle France. However, found me older pictures not yet in my blog and they should to post on wonderful Concarneau ! This is a nice town with a gorgeous ville close or enclosed old town in a fortress about 40  minutes by car from me on the expressway N165. These are my curiosities of Concarneau !!!

The ville close or enclosed town by excellence, the maritime city established on l’ïle de Conq or the large shell island   was popular in the middle ages as it sits on the shortest itinerary between Quimper and Pont Aven.  Occupied many times by the English, she submits to Du Guesclin in 1373. Vauban made modernised the fortifications of the city between 1692 and 1699.  Facing the land, towers of artillery like Major (to the North) and the Governor (in the South) bordering the front entrance and the ravelin are reinforced by a liner of granite several meters thick in the 16C and 17C , The defense in depth, Vauban adapts a new gate with drawbridge and ditch behind the halfpipe. The side of the sea Vauban endows the enclosure of ducking doorways to the places best facing the entry pass of the tower of the Iron Horse or Tour du fer à cheval and facing the inner harbor the new tower or tour Neuve. In July 1695 Vauban himself as commander of upper and lower Brittany had delivered to Concarneau at the Château du Taureau of ammunition to put in a state of defense. The parapets are raised and drilled slots of shooting while a powder magazine and a new barrack were built in 1837. The ïle de Conq becomes at the end of the 19C a fueling station for the French mobile torpedo boats.

Concarneau ville close arriv nov21

Concarneau ville close clock tower front nov21


I have written plenty on it before in my blog but to recap the main points me think, The tour du Major, done in 1691 also called tour des munitions or ammunitations surrounded by figurines of breton origins and now shown totaly after excavations around the museum of fishing. The tour du gouverneur, the tour de la Fortune also call tour du masson, the origins remains a mystery, its one of the oldest part of the city. The tour Neuve or tour du moulin à poudré from the 19C, the Tour du Vin, or tour de la porte du vin, cylindrical form and not walled done around the 15C; Tour du passage also known as tour de  Chambertin, Istim or Larrons dates from the 15C. The tour aux Chiens, also known as Tour du port or tour de l’essence, from the 16C. The tour le Fer à Cheval, also known as tour Eperon, it is from the 16C serve as battery canons in the 19C, it was found remains of an older tower from the 13C, it had three levels with the bottom one having a chimney and two Windows; The tour du Maure or moors, also known as tour du connétable done in 1753, still today not found why call like this.

concarneau ville close cannons of venus jan13

After passing the tour and the maison du gouverneur or tower and the governor’s house on the place en demi lune or half-moon square, we reach the heart of the city through this door, on rue Vauban. On this square also sit the cannons of the frigate Vénus which was shipwrecked off Concarneau, near the island of Glénan.

concarneau ville close rue vauban jan13

The powder magazine of Concarneau is located in the walled town on the Place du Petit-Château, in the heart of the fortification of the walled town, it was built in 1835 to be able to store up to fifty-three barrels of gunpowder.

concarneau pl du petit chateau jan13

The maison du Gouverneur or Governor’s House (17C), this building leaning against the Governor’s tower serves as a house and an annex to the latter with which it communicates on two levels. No governor actually occupied this house, rented for a time to a carpenter. Today there are exhibits and expos shown here. 



The former Saint-Guénolé church located in the Ville Close at Rue de l’église, would have been built in the 12C. In ruins, it was destroyed in 1830 to build a new church. The latter was itself transformed into a hospital in 1937, while the new parish church Saint-Coeur-de-Marie Church was built outside the walls of the closed town in 1912. The hospital was demolished in the 1980s and of the old church only remains its facade and its gable-tower.


concarneau ville close ch saint guenoel jan13


The city of Concarneau on its history/heritage

The Concarneau tourist office on the Ville Close or enclosed city

The Finistére dept 29 tourist board on Concarneau

The great sites of Vauban on Concarneau :

There you go again, folks, this is a dandy must visit City of Concarneau.  You must come, it is really nice and we are so lucky to live close to it. There is lots to do in Concarneau but the Ville Close is definitively our favorite. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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March 2, 2023

The Musée de la Pêche of Concarneau !

I bring you back to my lovely Bretagne in my belle France. I have written several posts on the fortified town of Concarneau in the dept 29 of Finistére. There is a nice quant Musée de la Pêche or fishing museum I like to update for you and me, Hope you enjoy it as I.

concarneau musee de la peche side jan13

This is one of those towns you would like to visit and visit , nothing espectacular, just a strange attraction to the old and quant and airy. It is about a an hour from me along quant old departemental roads close to the ocean. The fishing museum entrance is inside the Ville Close or enclose City very nice walks as well.  Not to missed the wonderful musée de la pêche or fishing museum with wonderful collection of boat models in scale and paintings sea fishing items, lovely on the main street of the Ville Close,  rue de Vauban. A beautiful heritage we love to visit and preserve, hope you too enjoy the seas and nature as I.


It has been installed since 1961 in the old arsenal on rue Vauban. In 1961, the association Les Amis du Musée de la Pêche was created. The same year, the museum was inaugurated. It is the first French museum to devote itself to fishing techniques from around the world. An extension and development program has taken place, which now allows the museum to offer a 1,500 m2 tour circuit. It obtained the official label of “Musée de France” in February 2003.



The Fishing Museum’s collection was gradually built up at a pivotal moment in the history of the city and its port. From the beginning, donations flowed, mainly from the local population. A large part of the collection was collected between 1961 and 1970. The visit begins with a presentation which retraces the history of fishing from prehistory to the present day. The museum then presents aquariums. A complete panorama of 1500 m2 of fishing techniques is also presented, illustrated by numerous models of boats, plans, explanatory diagrams,fish conservation, videos and dioramas. A room is entirely dedicated to trawling.


The Musée de la Pêche or Fishing Museum ashore has a coelacanth from the Comoros, Le Neptune François ; collection of nautical charts dating from Colbert, published in 1693, a coracle ,the oldest active fishing boat; a machine for sewing sails dating from 1889 ,there are only 3 in France!; a collection of sardine cans; a rowing lifeboat, the Commandant-Garreau . TheCommandant-Garreau is a lifeboat named after its donor, a frigate captain who offered it to the Grandcamp rescue station in 1894. Built by the Augustin Normand shipyard in Le Havre, this long canoe 10.10 meters and 2.27 meters wide, weighing 3.6 tons, equipped to be armed by 12 men including ten boaters in pairs, rescued among others the 7 men of the English three-masted Chrisolite in 1915 and the 6 sailors of the sloop Deux Frères, of Grangcamp, in 1922. This boat was bought in 1957 by the Nautical Center of the Glénans and used, after transformation, by the trainees of the said center under the name of Grand-chose. In 1986, it was bought by the Fishing Museum where it was restored, and where it is still exhibited under its original name. The museum afloat has the l’Hémérica a side fishing trawler, is moored at the museum wharf. A visit to this ship, which benefits from annual restoration campaigns, is an immersion in the daily life of sailors, from the living spaces, to the bridge and the fish hold! Built in 1957, 34 meters long, and can be visited. Right to the side you see the Tour du Major tower,



Since May 2019, a new space dedicated to families has opened. The immersive room, at the end of the tour, offers interactive and fun devices to experience the world of fishing. If you opt for a guided tour, one of its strong points will be free access to the Hémérica. For children, passionate about the maritime world, it is possible to celebrate their birthday at the museum from 5 years old. For teens, they can opt for a murder party for a unique evening at the museum. The Fishing Museum regularly receives exhibitions, offers educational workshops and guided tours for children. During the school holidays, workshops are also organized. Receptions, seminars, meetings or others can take place there, in the library or in the museum rooms.

Concarneau musee de la peche hermione boat jan11

The Musée de la Pêche or Fishing Museum occupies buildings steeped in history (the oldest date from the 16C): a chapel and a barracks which served in turn as a municipal school, fishing school and maritime cooperative.

The Concarneau tourist office on the museum :

The official fishing museum of Concarneau :

The Friends of the museum association:

The City of Concarneau and its fishing port :

The official pleasure marina of Concarneau :

There you go folks, a nice off the beaten path detour in popular Concarneau . This is a nice quant little museum that is worth the detour me think.  Again, hope you enjoy the post on the fishing museum of Concarneau as I.

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

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