Lanvéoc Things to Do
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Throughout the 17th C Vauban urged Louis xiv to build another fort to defend the entrance to Brest on the Point at Lanvéoc but the King thought sufficient defences were in place. It was not until 1774 that a fort was constructed on the site on which the former chateau of the Compte de Crozon had stood.
The monumental entrance gate was added in 1878 after the unrest following the fall of the second Empire.
It is now only possible to walk around the ramparts as part of the land inside is military territory. It is quite rough in parts but well worth the effort just to see the amazing construction that went in to the foundations on the edge of a cliff and for the views over the water to Brest and back to the village of Lanvéoc.
We had 3 Brittany guides with us on this trip Petit Futé, Green Michelin and the Rough Guide.
Neither Lanveoc or the Fort were mentioned in any of them.
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The charming story told here on the information Plaque concerns the arrival in Lanvéoc, on July 9th 1686, of the Ambassador of Siam who arrived by sea-ferry from Brest in a boat typical of the region - the design mediaeval in origin, strongly constructed hull, with a unique central mast capable of bearing a large, single square sail.
Learning of an unusual arrival all the villagers assembled on the quay, and, hardly able to beleive their eyes watched as three Ambassadors, six Mandarins and their huge entourage of secretaries, interpreters and servants disembarked.
Under the Breton sky the stupefied villagers watched the exotic parade of the visitors from Siam in their silks and brocades , catching a glimpse of a strange and colourful universe before they were led away, by their musicians with banners held aloft, to Quimper from where they would return to Paris by coach,
Once there the illustrious visitors presented to Louis xiv the contents of the mysterious coffer, which they had carried with such care, it was a letter written on a sheet of gold and signed by the one they considered to be a living god - Phra- Naraï, roi du Siam.
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