Dol-de-Bretagne Travel Guide

  • View from Mont Dol onto the Polders
    View from Mont Dol onto the Polders
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  • Dol Town
    Dol Town
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  • The Cathedral in the Distance
    The Cathedral in the Distance
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Dol-de-Bretagne Things to Do

  • 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. There is a floral frieze over the sealed-off door into the church. The porch is...

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  • 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 is fine stone tracery in the windows. The porch is large and heavily...

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  • 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 entrance door is a 15C stoup and then there are the 13C stained glass...

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  • 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 all of the 14C plus a fine polychromed Madonna and Child of the same period

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  • 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 with applied columns in the Gothicizing. Note the fine vaulting. The old...

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  • 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 of windows and its local granite substance. The long North side adds to the...

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Dol-de-Bretagne Restaurants

  • 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 of some sort. We stopped and to our surprise he had a spreader-machine for...

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  • 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 terrace. They are open for both lunch and dinner. The meat is cooked over an open...

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    by Kate-Me Written Aug 6, 2006

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    Here's a general map showing the location of Dol. Mont St Michel is situated in the upper north east corner.

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Dol-de-Bretagne Warnings and Dangers

  • by GaborBunda Written Jul 22, 2011

    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!

    Bon Voyage!

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Dol-de-Bretagne Off The Beaten Path

  • Le-Vivier-sur-Mer: A Tour of the...

    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 having our picnic only 2 km away and were looking out over the receded...

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  • 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 of Mont Dol nearby. The tower was originally a semaphor (built in 1802). A...

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  • 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 your left. It is in a field between these 2 roads. I think there are...

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Dol-de-Bretagne Favorites

  • 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 be fitted in. It looks a little like a tourist trap from the outside but...

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  • 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 out of the machine.

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  • 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.

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