Dol-de-Bretagne Travel Guide
The Cathedral in the Distance
The Cathedral in the Distance
View from Mont Dol onto the Polders
another shot of the main street of Dol
Look at the Old South Porch
The old porch (the Bishop's Porch) is just east of the South Tower. It has a double arch entry and is nicely but minimally decorated with stonecarving. The central column is octagonal and lightly reliefed. It has an interesting older atlantoid capital on its inner side....
Examine the Grand South Transept Porch
The great Porch was erected in the 14C but was finished under a 15C Bishop (Coeuret) who had power and funds. The opening and the side window arches are framed-in by carvings which seem to feature various saintly lives. The arches are recessed with carved voussoirs and there...
There Is A Relic of St. Samson & More
Every church with a patron saint strives to have a relic (or several) . These are always set in fine reliquaries.This one for Saint Samson "remains" and another for a Saint Magloire are of "gilded Dutch wood" (whatever that is), by Jean Le Fraoncois of Rouen (1746). Near the...
Look at the Furnishings
There are many church objects to admire. Almost all of the tombs were destroyed during the revolution,. One of a 15C Bishop (Thomas James, 1482-1504) is particularly well carved and survives. There are a Humiliated Christ, the fine carved choir stalls and a panel painting...
Study the Cathedral Interior
The interior is very long (100m!), with a set of 13C stained glass windows in the flat apse. The church has a characteristic 3-level elevation that continues all around the church. Reuse has been made of the main columns of the Romanesque church (which have been reinforced...
Look at the Cathedral Exterior
Originally standing at the waterside, but now facing the reclaimed marshland, St. Samson Cathedral (named for its 6C evangelizing Irish monk of that name) looks like a fortress from the distance. This is because of its unfinished west front with unequal towers, its paucity...
St Samson Cathedral
There's an attraction called The Cathedralscope which seems to be an interpretive centre about Cathedrals, but there wasn't any information inside in English for my husband, so we didn't visit that (seems to be a major attraction of the town, complete with nice giftshop with...
Gothic arches of the Cathedral
The reliefs and artwork on the of the Cathedral is really astonishing.The Cathederal once held the bones of Saint Samson, some of which were taken to England by Henry II. The original Cathederal was burnt down by King John. In 848 Nominoe was crowned King of Brittany here,...
Chateau des Ormes: A wonderful site
Stayed in Dol very briefly last Summer, in this great campsite with Irish group KelAir. The mobile home we had was perfect, and the campsite boasts a wide range of activities on offer -the site has seveal outdoor pools including one with slides, there's a beautiful little...
B & B (non classified) Le Carpentier: Lovely B & B
The B & B is located about 1.5 kms from the centre of the town, but our hosts kindly came and collected us from the bus stop. There are about 3 rooms in the B & B, two on the first level, and one double room with two double beds on the 2nd level (which was our room) and own...
Unknown: A Quick Meal by the Dol Marsh
Following the road near coast headed to Vivier-sur-Mer on our way to Mont Dol, we realized that we were nowhere and were hungry. We had some picnic vittles in the car and looked for place to stop. We suddenly realized that there was a beached boat that was a roadside stand...
La Cour Verte: Wonderful open fire cooking
This restaurant was recommended to us by a French woman from Hede, a nearby town. We found the food very well prepared by trained and pleasant waiters. We were the only Americans in the restaurant, which probably has about 12 tables inside and on nice days there is a...
Map of Dol region
Here's a general map showing the location of Dol. Mont St Michel is situated in the upper north east corner.
Written Aug 6, 2006
- Related to:
- Road Trip
Dol-de-Britagne: Unjust, Corrupt Traffic Cops!
BE CAREFUL GETTING OFF the freeway ( N175) !!! The cops hide there, and insist that you did not stop sufficiently, even if you DID! They charge you 90. Euros right there on the spot, and treat you like a common CRIMINAL..for about an hour!!! They laugh sarcastically when you tell them you are a tourist...!? Who is going to argue with NASTY armed police with guns up to their ears...? ...and they KNOW IT!!! DO NOT GO HERE if you value your peace of mind!!!
On the other hand ALL OTHER FRENCH PEOPLE have been NICE and WONDERFUL to us if, you just try to speak a little French to them!
Written Jul 22, 2011
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- Historical Travel
- Religious Travel
Le-Vivier-sur-Mer: A Tour of the St.-Michel Bay
This town lies 8 km due North of Dol de Bretagne via the D155. It is on the coast of the Bay of St.-Michel and is a beach resort with a couple of Logis de France lodgings and restaurants. We regret that we did not go there, since we were unaware of this Tip. While we were...
Visit Mont Dol
The Dol Mound is 200 feet high and is about 4 km from Dol de Bretagne. The narrow road is safe and will allow a car to pass in either direction. You easily ascend to the end of the road near a monument (Notre Dame de l'Esperance) which is a bell-tower for the little church...
See the Giant Menhir
The Menhir of Champ-Dolent stands 2 km South of Dol and should not be missed if you are in the area. It is by far the tallest one we have ever seen standing, 30 ft (9 m) high! It is situated : go S. on D795 about 2 km. It is just after (about 500m) after the D4 comes off on...
You Might Linger Here
Dol is a possible place to stay if you are visiting Mont St.-Michel. There are simple hotels to lodge at and places to eat. The town has a Promenade with a view of the Marais and there are two fine Off the Beaten Path places (See Tips). There is also a local museum which may...
Hiring videos the French way
We found this video hire self-serve kiosk just across the road from our B & B, outside the laundromat. It's the first (and only) time we saw one in France - seems to be something you'd find in a small town without a video shop - put credit card in, choose video, and it comes...
Dol centre of town
I rather enjoyed the town centre of Dol, with many quaint shops and buildings, and, at the end of May, it didn't feel too touristy at all, just a nice town to explore on foot.