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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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  • A very nice site to do the weather. Climb the steps to the top of the lighthouse. Mentiob special to the crypt in memory of the sailors killed during various conflicts.
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  • There is an air of sea that has the Mystic. The Cathedral, the lighthouse, the cliffs and the sea with its waves seems to breathe ... A place of peace and serenity. Spend a few moments seated and empty your mind. An ecstasy of the senses!
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  • Passing through plougonvelin, we visited the lighthouse of St. Matthew. It is a beautiful place with an amazing view. The rate for an adult is affordable (€3.50). Don't miss to pretty photo.
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  • Very nice place. Landscape and walk to do.
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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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  • Very nice place inviting to evasion by looking at the horizon...
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  • beautiful and essential extreme Brittany place
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