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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.A visit to Phare de Saint Mathieu represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Plougonvelin tour planner to plot your vacation.
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Un trés beau site à faire par beau temps. Monter les marches pour accéder au sommet du phare. Mentiob particuliere à la Crypte en memoire des marins morts durant les différents conflits. more »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.
Si respira aria di mare che ha del mistico. La cattedrale, il faro, le scogliere e il mare che con le sue onde sembra respirare... Un luogo di pace e serenità. Passate qualche istante seduti e svuotat... more »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!
De passage à plougonvelin, nous avons visité le phare de saint Mathieu. C'est un beau lieu avec une vue incroyable. Le tarif pour un adulte est abordable (3,50€) . A ne pas manquer pour de jolie photo... more »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.
Michael CollinVery nice place. Landscape and walk to do.
Resize SmithDecent rate, very nice view of the lighthouse from the outside area is also very photogenic :)
Ludo de reimsa must see!
Laurent ReiffersVery nice place inviting to evasion by looking at the horizon...
Pierre moallicbeautiful and essential extreme Brittany place
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