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.Put Phare de Saint Mathieu and other Plougonvelin attractions into our Plougonvelin driving holiday planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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Enfin nous avons pu visiter le phare de St Mathieu, une chouette visite avec une guide passionnée. Première fois que je fais une visite de phare avec un guide...quelle riche idée, cela permet d'appren... more »Finally we were able to visit the lighthouse of St Mathieu, a nice visit with a passionate guide. First time I do a lighthouse with a tour guide... what a rich idea, it helps to learn many things. This visit is associated with the Museum that gives us a lot of information on the Abbey with here also a passionate ready to deliver additional secrets...
Один из самых красивых маяков, который я видела и не только во Франции. а вообще в мире. км 40-50 от Бреста, очень удобно найти more »One of the most beautiful lighthouses, which I saw, and not only in France. and in the world at large. km 40-50 from Brest, very conveniently locate
Salire sul phare offre un paesaggio a 360° sul finistère e sulle isole. Un panorama stupendo e incantevole. Vale veramente la pena di salire e poi di passeggiare lungo il mare. more »Get on the phare offers a landscape at 360° on the Finistere and Islands. A breathtaking and enchanting. Worth the climb and then walk along the sea.
Beautiful lighthouse with a wonderful view. Also visiting the Museum at the foot of the lighthouse and watch the movie that explains the origin of the Abbey at the foot of the lighthouse
Nice site, too bad that the guide is not much/no explanation.
Fabulous view from the top. Hill closed in case of strong wind.
Magnificent. But deplorable toilets, a real stink
Very beautiful lighthouse. The locations are gorgeous!
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