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History & Heritage

Accompanying ancient stone through the centuries

Renovating our heritage

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The Chapelle Sainte-Barbe: A Heritage of Faith and Promise

Saint Barbara: A Figure of Faith and Protection The history of Saint Barbara’s Chapel begins with the life of the saint of the same name. Saint Barbara, born in the 3rd century in Nicomedia, Asia Minor (today Izmir in Turkey), came from a pagan family. However, she embraced the Christian faith, which deeply displeased her […]

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Château de Keriolet: When Imperial Russia Married Mystical Brittany

The medieval origins of Keriolet In the heart of Brittany, on the heights of Concarneau, stands the majestic manor house of Keriolet, whose roots go back to the 13th century. In old parchments dating from 1481, the name Keriolet appears for the first time, inhabited by Jean Trévaré, a ducal accountant. In the 17th century, […]

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Old Breton chimneys

At the heart of the majestic Breton residence of Kerbélégou, the upper room transports us back through the centuries, giving us a glimpse of the captivating history that lies within. Taking the stone staircase, we are guided to this singular space by a finely worked door, a door that seems to be the threshold between […]

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The stone staircase

The authentic, magical Kerbeleg staircase “hors œuvre” (outside the building) must have been in an old turret or structure flanking the building. The roof, which must have been conical, with a pepperpot or four-sided, has been truncated. It is a spiral staircase with winding steps, typical of the second half of the 15th century. It […]

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Rochefort-en-Terre

A dive into history in the heart of Brittany Hidden away in the green depths of Brittany is a timeless treasure, a small town full of character called Rochefort-en-Terre. Its cobbled streets wind between half-timbered houses, offering a real journey back in time. Follow me on this romantic adventure through the pages of its history. […]

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The valley of the saints

A treasure carved in stone The Valley of the Saints, nestled in the heart of Brittany, is a true jewel in the making. This extraordinary place, praised by travellers and praised by the inhabitants, is home to monumental statues, immutable witnesses to Breton history and spirituality. The origin of a bold vision This adventure began […]

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The chapel of Trémalo

History In the heart of the Breton countryside, in the peaceful commune of Pont-Aven, stands a strikingly beautiful building: the chapel of Notre-Dame de Trémalo. Its flamboyant gothic architecture, a legacy from a distant past, gives this building a mystical aura that enchants visitors from all over the world. The chapel of Trémalo was built […]

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The druids in Brittany, land of myths and legends

Fascination with death is a major trend in Breton culture, dating back to a civilisation before the Gauls. For thousands of years, a sinister marsh has been considered the entrance to the underworld in the centre of the peninsula. The gloomy character of these places and the habit of building graves certainly contributed to the […]

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The land of standing stones “Men Zao”

In the 18th century, the territory of Névez experienced an unprecedented demographic boom. The local population’s need for food was increasing and farmers were struggling to speed up their production because of the presence of huge granite blocks in the middle of their fields. They tried to get the help of the stone cutters to […]

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The megalithic sites of Carnac

These stones are a group of megalithic sites around the village of Carnac. They were erected by the pre-Celtic peoples of Brittany and would have served a variety of functions, including burial places, temples and alignments related to astronomical events. The collection was built from the late Neolithic to the early Iron Age, around 4000 […]

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KERBELEG: The Book

You will find in your room a book by Jean-Paul Piriou on the history of Kerbeleg through the centuries. (excerpt)… “THE MANOIRS : From the Middle Ages onwards, Brittany was covered with noble houses, the manors. Less fortified than castles, these solid buildings were also the centre of agricultural estates of varying sizes. Even today, […]

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Kerbeleg : The history of our farmhouse

Kerbeleg (pronounced kerbélèk) This name dates from the beginning of the 20th century and refers to the house or village (kêr) of the priest (beleg) From the end of the 15th century to the present day Kerbeleg is a family house that has been in the family since 1962, when Fabien’s grandfather bought it. In […]

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Suggested itinerary for your day (or a little more) around Kerbeleg…

Here are some direct links to guide you to some beautiful places to discover around Kerbeleg, in the direction of Concarneau, but by the side roads: Pont-Aven A riverside walk and once a place of inspiration for painters, this timeless site reveals a magnificent, peaceful and poetic path. Leave your car at the port to […]

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The “lean-to oven”

We have renamed it “La Maison à Pain”. A simpler, more authentic summary of its past functions. While isolated ovens or ‘slope ovens’ were built away from the farm or ‘communal’ ovens in the centre of villages for shared use, the ‘oven houses’ were more often for the use of a single house or group […]

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