La Pointe Saint-Mathieu
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At the extreme west of Finistère, in the town of Plougonvelin in Pays d’Iroise, Pointe Saint-Mathieu is a picturesque Breton village facing the sea of Iroise. It is a place of pleasant walks in all seasons where the GR®34 and the Marine Natural Park of Iroise rub shoulders, the abbey built from the eleventh century and the lighthouse built in 1835, the National Memorial of the missing sailors in sea and semaphore. Pointe Saint-Mathieu is also one of the starting points, kilometer 0 of the Way of Saint-Jacques de Compostel.Survoler the Clos and the site of Pointe Saint-Mathieu, and discover the beaches of Trez-Hir, Bertheaume, the Fort de Bertheaume, and Plougonvelin Fly over the Clos and the site of Pointe Saint-Mathieu, and discover the beaches of Trez-Hir, Bertheaume, Fort Bertheaume, and Plougonvelin
Can we eat there?
Hotels and restaurants on the site
- « Hostellerie de la Pointe Saint-Mathieu »****
- « Hôtel Vents d’Iroise »***
- Restaurant gastronomique de l’hostellerie de la Pointe Saint-Mathieu
- Bistrot 1954 (bar-brasserie)
- Crêperie « Ar Dantel »
At the point of Brittany
The lighthouse: 37 m high (58 m above sea level), the current lighthouse was built in 1835 due to the dilapidation of the abbey tower. Built in granite from the Aber Ildut, it signals the road to follow to enter the Brest Gully. Its 1 white light every 15 seconds reaches a range of 29 miles (55 km) .
The abbey and its museum: The abbey, Romanesque and Gothic, dates from the XIth century. Until the French Revolution, Benedictine monks live there in community and ensure a role of surveillance of the coast by the maintenance of a fire at the top of a tower, “ancestor” of the current lighthouse. The abbey is placed under the protection of the evangelist apostle, St. Matthew, part of whose skull was given to the monks. In 1791, the last four monks must leave the abbey, become national well. The National memorial of the sailors “dead for France”: It is in 1927, on the initiative of Admiral Guépratte, deputy of Finistère, that the national monument was erected. 17 meters high, this stele sculpted by René Quillivic represents a woman in mourning facing the ocean. It is in 2005 that the memorial begins to take all its importance. The fort dating back to the 19th century is restored to become a cenotaph, home of the memory for all the sailors of state, trade and fishing disappeared during the conflicts and dead for France. The way of memory …
The museum 39-45 … http: //museememoires39-45.fr
Discover Pointe Saint-Mathieu, from the sea of Iroise. Embark on a 10-meter RIB to go around the islands of the Molène Archipelago and to observe the seals, the Dolphins, … https://www.archipelexcursions.com/