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Phare de Saint Mathieu, Plougonvelin

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The Saint-Mathieu lighthouse is a lighthouse located on Pointe Saint-Mathieu in Plougonvelin, around Brest in Finistère. The lighthouse is open to the public.Saint-Mathieu was built in 1835 among the ruins of the ancient Abbaye Saint-Mathieu de Fine-Terre. It is a major lighthouse of the French coast, with a theoretical range of 29 nautical miles (around 55 km).Along with the Kermorvan, it signals the direction of the Chenal du Four, which transient ships used to follow on a north-south axis before the creation of the Rail d'Ouessant. Saint-Mathieu’s alignment with the Portzic lighthouse also indicates the route for entrance to the Goulet de Brest.It was classified as a monument historique on 23 May 2011.HistoryThe promontory of Saint-Mathieu hosts the ruins of an abbey, a sémpahore, and a lighthouse. This bizarre juxtaposition (some suggestions were made to restore the abbey, while deconstructing the lighthouse and rebuilding it elsewhere) is explained by the connections these structures shared throughout Saint-Mathieu’s history.First lighthouseThere had long been a light signal for navigating ships before the Saint-Mathieu lighthouse. The end of the 17th century, however, brought with it a need for accessibility to a new naval base in Brest and the necessity of more serious methods of navigation for western Brittany.
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  • I have already commented on the monastery, but cannot fail to mention the Marine Memorial about 100 yards away. There are at least 3 rooms underground, each has photos of dead Sailos from the war. Up ...  more »
  • Both from the sea from the ferry from Brest or the views from land... Impressive on stormy days with big waves  more »
  • Interessting to learn something about the history and a fantastic climb. If you're lucky (which we were) you have a great view of 'half the coast' of Brittany!  more »
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  • Decent rate, very nice view of the lighthouse from the outside area is also very photogenic :)
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  • a must see!
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  • beautiful and essential extreme Brittany place
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  • Nice view, and interesting comments of the guide
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