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La Roche-Bernard

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La Roche-Bernard is a commune in the Morbihan department of Brittany in north-western France. Inhabitants of La Roche-Bernard are called in French Rochois for men and Rochoises for women.Forming a part of Petites cités de caractère', a quality label, the town is known for its marina along the waterfront of the river named La Vilaine and also for its old area.GeographyThe town is located on the south part of Morbihan in Brittany.HistoryAntiquityMiddle AgesThe town was founded in 919 by a Viking chief named Bern-hart. He understood the interest of this strategic defensive place and he decided to fortify the area and settle here. His successors swore allegiance to the duke of Brittany.During the 1341-1365 War of Succession, the baron decided to help Charles de Blois but at the end of the war, and after Charles de Blois's death, Jean de Montfort decided to destroy his castle.Modern TimesIn the 19th century, the town become an important dock with an apogee between 1880-1890 but the economic activity decreased quickly with the development of railway.Today, La Roche-Bernard is a thriving yachting port with over five hundred private pleasure craft.HeritageThe Old Area Maritim museum of Vilaine river The house of Cannon (Town Hall) Notre-Dame Church Bouffay Piazza Quenelle Street Saulnerie StreetNatural sites La Vilaine river The Rock Garennes Garden
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