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Explore the architectural gems that make Quimper so charming, from medieval churches to half-timbered houses.

Architectural treasures: Discovering the churches and ancient houses of Quimperlé

Welcome to Quimperlé, a Breton town rich in history and architectural heritage. Whether you’re a history buff, architecture enthusiast or simply looking for an adventure, Quimperlé has a lot to offer. Explore this charming town with us and immerse yourself in its fascinating past.

Historic churches and chapels

Quimperlé is home to several churches and chapels steeped in history and spirituality. Notre-Dame de l’Assomption church, built in the 13th century, is a blend of early and flamboyant Gothic styles. Its imposing architecture and sculptural details make it a jewel of the region. And don’t miss the 16th-century chapel of Saint David, which offers a peaceful atmosphere and magnificent views from its surrounding cemetery.

Ancient convents and abbeys

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Immerse yourself in Quimperlé’s monastic past with a visit to the Abbey Blanche, a former Dominican convent founded in 1265. Although partially destroyed during the French Revolution, it is now home to the Filles de Jésus de Kermaria order. The Saint-Joseph chapel, built in the 1930s, is a magnificent example of modern sacred art, with its colourful stained glass windows and serene atmosphere.

Sainte-Croix Abbey, a journey through time

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Discover theAbbaye Sainte-Croix, a medieval jewel steeped in mystery and history. Explore its imposing walls and majestic vaults, witness to a thousand years of history. Immerse yourself in the grandiose architecture of this Benedictine abbey, where every stone tells a story. From the splendour of the high altar to the great sculpted stone altarpiece, each work of sacred art evokes the devotion and faith of centuries gone by. Wander through the cloister galleries and soak up the peaceful atmosphere of the cloistered buildings. Explore the abbots’ tombs, silent witnesses to an immemorial spiritual heritage.

Medieval and Renaissance architecture

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Wander the picturesque streets of Quimperlé and admire its magnificent timber-framed houses and town houses. The 16th-century Maison des Archers is a remarkable example of traditional Breton architecture, with its carved wooden beams and granite fireplaces. The Hôtel Brémond d’Ars and the Hôtel Auffret du Cosquer are also fascinating reminders of the town’s history.

Historic sites and ancient ruins

Immerse yourself in Quimperlé’s ancient history by exploring the remains of the church of Saint-Colomban, supposedly founded by Saint Gurthiern in the 9th century. The ruins of this former abbey offer a fascinating insight into Breton medieval architecture.

Picturesque bridges and historic viaducts

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Admire the marvels of local engineering as you cross Quimperlé’s bridges and viaducts. The 17th-century Pont Lovignon is a remarkable example of Gothic architecture with its elegant arches. The 19th-century railway viaduct offers a breathtaking view of the River Laïta, while the viaduct on the N165 expressway is a symbol of the town’s modernity.

Contemporary culture and leisure

Round off your visit to Quimperlé by exploring its dynamic cultural life and modern facilities. The media library, located on Place Saint-Michel, offers a vast collection of books, films and digital resources for culture lovers. And don’t miss the many cultural events and festivals organised throughout the year, celebrating the richness of Breton art, music and cuisine.

Whether you’re a history buff, architecture enthusiast or curious traveller, Quimperlé offers a unique and rewarding experience. Come and discover this charming Breton town and let yourself be seduced by its fascinating heritage.

Published on: 25 May 2024  -  Filed under: History and Heritage