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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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  • The point and the lighthouse are places beautiful, with buildings very old of great pictures to do, there is a chapel or you can pray without worries of disturbing and light a candle. There are pedestrian paths along the coast, views breathtaking, one can visit the lighthouse in season.
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  • Visits are nice and easy, the Lighthouse is open often enough. The view is worth the look. To do.
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  • Beautiful 8km circuit made a sunny morning with two teenager yet not very attracted by hiking. The sea, the rocks, the heritage. All is designed to have a good time in the great outdoors.
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