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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  • While at Cape Saint Mathieu, worth to visit the lighthouse, and preferably with a guide. A place full of history and a stunning view from the top.
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  • Great site where stands the lighthouse, a former Abbey, a chapel and the memorial of the dead at sea sailors. Great view, hiking along the coast, nice to see vriament
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  • We have been delighted and surprised at the same time discovering this place at the end of the world: a great phare(qui se visite) to the red and white colours, a semaphore, an Abbey in ruins, a chapel and a small museum. A memorial to the sailors perish at sea and a hotel complete the package. A coastal path goes all around. A place given the immensity of the sea and swept by the winds, magic!
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  • 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
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  • Nice site, too bad that the guide is not much/no explanation.
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  • Fabulous view from the top. Hill closed in case of strong wind.
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  • Magnificent. But deplorable toilets, a real stink
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  • Very beautiful lighthouse. The locations are gorgeous!
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