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    Saint-Mathieu quarter

    by freya_heaven Written Apr 7, 2005

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    The Saint-Mathieu quarter of the town is the oldest part of Morlaix, sitting on the slopes on one of the three hills the town is built on, situated south of the town hall. This area is wonderfully atmospheric & traditionally olde worlde French, with narrow cobbled streets, timber framed buildings. In places it is still possible to see the old town walls. Definately worth a wander & an afternoon of your time.

    Saint-Mathieu quarter, Morlaix
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    Saint-Thégonnec Calvary

    by Andrew_W_K Written Aug 20, 2009

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    If you stay in Morlaix you are ideally placed to visit the three finest calvaries in Brittany.
    Just 10km west of Morlaix is the village of Saint-Thégonnec and the site of one of the famous Breton Calvaries. The church at Saint-Thégonnec has the classic parish close comprising of triumphal arch, ossuary and the calvary itself that dates from the 16th century.

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    Guimiliau Calvary

    by Andrew_W_K Written Aug 20, 2009

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    About 5km further south and west of Saint-Thégonnec is the village of Guimiliau and another stunning Breton calvary. The colour of the stone is not as harmonious here as at Saint-Thégonnec but the calvary and parish close are even more spectacular.
    When I was there I witnessed a wedding going on which impressed me enormously to think these magnificent churches serve their parish rather than us tourists.

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    Queen Annes House

    by freya_heaven Updated Apr 7, 2005

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    Morlaix is full of picturesque overhanging timber framed houses, dating back to the 1600s, one of which has been turned in to a museum called Maison de la Reine Anne. Where you wander inside & get the feel for life as it was centuries ago when The Duchess of Bretagne, Anne lived here. To read the long but fascinating story of her life & Bretagnes bid for freedom from the French check out the website below.

    Entrance 1.5 euro. Opening times vary but mainly 10 - noon & 2 - 5. Longer in the summer

    Maison de la Reine Anne, Morlaix
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    Eglise de Saint-Mathieu

    by Mikebond Updated Nov 20, 2005

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    Saint-Mathieu is the main church of Morlaix and is worth visiting for its opening statue of Notre Dame du Mur. Its foundation dates back to the 11th century, but it was rebuilt in Gothic style between 1498 and 1505 and remade again in 1824. The bell-tower of 1548 is one of the first Renaissance buildings in France.

    Saint-Mathieu the inside a window
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    Museum of the Jacobins

    by freya_heaven Updated Apr 6, 2005

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    The Museum of the Jacobins is in a former convent founded in the 1200s. Inside you can view artifacts, archeology and exhibits about the history of the north east region of Finistere. Finistere is the department name for the north east of Bretagne. The name literally translates as "end of land".

    Entrance is 3.90 euros & open 10 - non & 2 - 6pm, slightly longer hours in the summer.

    Museum of the Jacobins, Morlaix
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    Le Viaduc

    by freya_heaven Written Apr 6, 2005

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    The huge viaduct dominates the skyline & town of Morlaix. This very impressive structure consists of 14 arches over 60 meters high, spanning over the valley by 292 meters. Built in 1863 after 2 years of construction to continue the Brest to Paris railway line.

    The bridge was bombed in 1943 causing 100 deaths below.

    Morlaix Viaduct
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    The Three Hills

    by freya_heaven Written Apr 6, 2005

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    Morlaix is built within 3 hills, the bulk of the town is in the valley on reclaimed land, but as you can see by the old steps it can be steep in places. These are the steps which lead to to the top of the 63 meter high viaduct. A lot of the town is covered in cobbled stones.

    Viaduct Steps, Morlaix
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    An Interesting Drain Pipe (yes, really!)

    by freya_heaven Written Apr 6, 2005

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    An unusual feature of the viaduct was each of the 14 arches has an individual drain pipe, running from underneath the centre of the arch all the way down to the lower arch. Apparently ( according to my husband!) it is more the norm to have a slightly slanting drainage channel running on the surface along side the road or railway line emptying at either end.

    Since 1990 it has been possible to walk along the lower level of the viaduct.

    Viaduct drain pipe.
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    Morlaix Marina

    by freya_heaven Updated Apr 6, 2005

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    It is a pleasant walk along the riverside next ot the marina. The boats here tended to be pracital & fun rather than pretentious as seems to be the case at many marinas. There are 153 berths all on the east side of the river.

    According to the tides in the season you can get boat trips from the dockside here, either river trips or sea trips in to the bay of Morlaix itself.

    Morlaix Marina
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    Hotel de Ville

    by freya_heaven Updated Apr 7, 2005

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    As in all French towns the town hall is usually a grand affair, and Morlaix is no exception. In days gone by this building would have been on the waterfront, but due to the land being reclaimed the town hall now sits approx 600 meters from the harbour walls. The land was reclaimed when the viaduct was built in the 1860s

    The square you see in front of the town hall is called Place des Otages (Hostage Square) so named as it is here the Nazis executed some hostages in December 1943. Today the square is a bustling market place on a Saturday.

    Morlaix Town Square & Hall
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    St Melaine

    by freya_heaven Written Apr 6, 2005

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    The foundations of the present day church of St Melaine started back in 1149, when there sat a Benedictine Abbey. Over the centuries bits were destroyed & bits were added to make it in to the church you see today. An unusual feature is the minaret type bell tower on the front of the church.

    On the 29th January 1943 the church was bombed by the British along with the Viaduct (which was the actual target but the church sits alongside it ). Restoration of the church was completed in 1955.

    St melaine Church, Morlaix
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    Church Interior

    by freya_heaven Written Apr 7, 2005

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    With parts of the church being bombed in 1943 the interior decor is quite a mish mash of different styles, from modern stained windows telling of the story of the bombardment to freizes around the ceiling dating back to the mid 1600s.

    My favourite thing about the church was the ceiling, the whole area was wooden & painted in a lovely night time blue colour covered in gold stars.

    St Melaine Ceiling, Morlaix
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    Statue ouvrante de Notre-Dame du Mur

    by Mikebond Updated Nov 20, 2005

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    The statue ouvrante de Notre-Dame du Mur is a 14th-century opening statue of the Virgin at whose interior Saint Joseph holds the cross with Christ. Biblical scenes are depicted on both sides of the opened statue, as you can see in my travelogue.
    This is a rare kind of statue in France and in Europe.

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    Vieux Morlaix

    by johngayton Written Nov 18, 2015

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    I didn't have time to investigate the old town properly but it certainly looked suitably impressive - loads of half-timbered buildings in the medieval lay-out. I assume Morlaix was a walled town and this district was within those walls.

    Really must revisit!

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