At the very tip of Europe, the « Chemins du Patrimoine », a cultural heritage trail in Finistère, connects five sites together, offering tourists a new cultural attraction.
1. Daoulas Abbey
A former 12th-century monastery once ruled by Augustinian canons, this abbey still bears traces of its original splendour. A Roman cloister complete with a pond, fountain, oratory, and exceptional gardens featuring medicinal plants only add to the site’s appeal.
2. Trévarez Estate
Nestled within an 85-hectare park, the Trévarez Estate has overlooked the Aulne valley for more than a century. Built during the bustling Belle Époque era, this residence was exceedingly modern for its time and features private, Art Nouveau-style apartments.
3. Relec Abbey
Founded in 1132, this abbey includes a Roman-style church, conventual buildings, ponds, a roadway lined with trees, a fountain, and prairies surrounded by moats. The abbatial church, which is now a listed monument, is an example of Cistercian architecture in Brittany.
4. Kernault Manor
This manor house is owned by the department of Finistère and extends across 30 hectares. Its original structure bears witness to the power of the former owners, who managed a vast agricultural estate at the time. The building includes traces of Gothic architecture, a 17th-century timber-framed attic, a private chapel, and a fish pond.
5. Kerjean Castle
Kerjean Castle, built by Louis Barbier, is a symbol of the Renaissance and is one of the most beautiful estates in the region. Located on a 20-hectare plot, the castle features imposing ramparts and exceptionally ornate architecture on its gate, front courtyard, and beautiful facade.