The main tourist office was situated in Place St Michel in the upper town when we visited - rather weirdly tacked on to the end of the church - Notre Dame de L'Assomption and away from the town centre. It was well stocked and the staff were friendly and helpful. Update 17 October 2012 - I am grateful to VT member Gwened for the information that...more
to follow up with photos the first entry of inside photos on the wonderful magical Abbey Church of Sainte Croixthis church is remarkable for its circular plan in cross and the volumes inside of it. It is in a Greek cross like the church of Saint Sepulcre in Jerusalem.more
The monumental church of Quimperlé; words cannot describe it so simple yet so grand.the name, Eglise abbatiale de Sainte Croix. Its a jewel and in splendid conditions. It is here that all started…It the most prestigious monument of the city of Quimperlé, an abbey founded in the 11C by the Count de Cornouaille, Alain Canhiart following a miraculous...more
The church is under renovation so close to the public to see inside. However, it needs to be told as one of the principal churches in town and classify historical monument in France.By place St Michel you have the church of Notre Dame de l’Assomption, an old chapel built in two times, the nave dates from the 13C ,the tower, choir from 14C and the...more
A unique place indeed and great history.The building mostly gone now only is left with a front . It was built in 1683 to replace an covered market!. From the visual stairs shown you went into a terrace that give to the first floor, where the justice audience was carry out ,at the end of this salle or room you had two doors communicating to allow...more
When travelling I enjoy coming unexpectedly across links to literary figures whose work I know something about. Finding statues and other memorials to writers unknown is always a challenge and sometimes leads me to information and coincidences that I enjoy.So it was with Theodore Hersart de la Villemarque who was born in Quimperlé in 1815 and died...more
As you walk south along Rue de la Tour d'Auvergne with the river Isole on your left, you will pass Le Gentlemen Pub, accessed by a footbrige over the river. Just a little further, on the bridge at the point where the river flows into La Laita - look down over the bridge to view the special channel installed there to assist Atlantic salmon returning...more
The abbey Church of Saint Cross dates from the end of the 11th century. It is very large and has has an unusual cruciform and circular shape but seems to be tucked in to the buildings that have gone up around it. "The plan of the church was copied from that of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. It includes a rotunda with three small apsidal chapels...more
This Roman portal probably dates from the 10th or 11th century. The outlines of the of the window frame are in gothic style. If you look through the arched entrance to the inner coutyard where the body of the church once stood you will see some parked cars and the entrance to the cinema! But there are fragments of a wall believed to be all that now...more
This street is sometimes compared with a popular quarter of of Paris and described as "une sortie de petit Marais quimperlois".Along Rue Brémond d'Ars lived everyone who was anyone in the mansions built there from the 16th Century onwards. All the Establishment - judges and politicians, bankers and noblemen, senior officers of the navy and armed...more
I spotted this unusally attractive building as soon as we drove onto the car park. From the walking guide obtained from the Tourist Office I recognised it as the covered market.It was built in 1887 by builders from Paris, the Moreau brothers , from a design by the architects William & Farges. The building is contemporaneous with the Eiffel Tower...more
This medieval bridge once gave access to one of the three gates through which travellers from Vannes entered the fortified city of Quimperlé.It is what in the UK we call a "pack-horse" bridge, in France "dos d'ane", over which heavily laden horses or asses could pass each other using the wider spurs as passing places. . Only two of the original six...more
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very quaint créperie in a cobble stone road, near the pont fleurie and the river Ellé and near the abbey church of Ste Croix. Cant beat the ambiance and surroundings here.The welcome is friendly by the lady owner, and the staff is very friendly and efficient. The decoration are very Breton stones and woodend beams all over with a central chimney...more
There was something slightly surreal about sitting outside a medieval building on a very warm, sunny October day next to the remains of an 11th century church and the great bulk of another - a copy of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem at the top of the road behind us.. We had failed to get a table at the restauarant recommended by one of the family...more
5 Reviews and Opinions
The best way to reach it for me is by car of course, but it has TGV train service from Paris Montparnasse to the train station here, as well as TER Bretagne train service regional.
in about 4h+ you are in Paris Montparnasse train station. You ,also, have a great frequent bus service locally, the TBK And excellent bus service which I saw in action with frequent passing of buses all over the city, the 1,20€ ticket can be purchase on the bus, here is the TBK bus site http://www.t-b-k.fr/titre_transport.html
however I come by car of course, live 45 mins from here, so you take the freeway N165 and get off at exit D16 or Quimperlé Centre. following Centre signs you reach the place St Michel with plenty of free parking in the white lanes.
However, you have many parking parks all over the city many for free,not blue lines. Here is a name list in lower city or Basse Ville ;Parking de la Place Charles De Gaulle,Parking de la Place du Barzaz Breizh,Parking de la Place des Anciennes fonderies Rivière,Parking de la rue du Bourgneuf,Parking de la rue Ellé, Parking du Cinéma, and on high city or Haute Ville, Parking de la Place Saint-Michel(mine), Parking de la Place Winston Churchill, -Parking de la Place Jean-Jaurès, and Parking du Coat-Kaër.
a quaint wonderful store where you seem to be back in time whenthe quality counted big time. the place is very nice decorated full of goodies and too bad no photo. Just salivate your pupiles as this is real chocolate made by a master chocolatier.very old world traditional and it shows in the mouthopen Mondays to Saturdays from 9h30 to 12h30 and 14h...more
This is the main market in town, covered market wonderful in and out. all goodies are here at Les HallesThe market life is important from the 20C on and still goes on the main one at place Saint Michel, it goes on every Friday from 8H to 16H.A second market all year on Sunday mornings from 8H to 13h around the Les Halles ,Place Hervo built in...more
For a small town with so much history there are fewer than usual purely Tourist shops. In the historic centre between the food market and the shops almost all every day needs can be bought including a few luxuries. Chocolates and patisserie were plentiful !As usual window displays are works of art. I saw few clothes shops in the Centre these were...more
a wonderful district of old mansion or hôtel particulaires of great architectual beauty and historical significant for the town of Quimperlé.This is what the tourist office says of it;Old noble area of the town which can be considered as a small “Marais” quimperlois where one find private mansions of the 15th/16th and the 19th century. This...more
its a city of three rivers the small Dourun, the medium Ellé,and the grand Laîta. Over the Ellé you have the pont fleurie or flowery bridge.The Pont Fleurie, or flowery bridge, crosses the river Ellé at the level of the place Lovignon ,and was until 1643 the only means of access to Quimperlé from the east. It has been renovated by the 15C and the...more
or white Abbey. built around 1265AD by duke Jean Ier to house a convent of the order of the Dominicains to compete with the powerful Benedictines of the abbey church of Sainte Croix. The name of the abbaye blanche or white abbey is probably in honor of the duke’s wife Blanche de Navarre( Navarra) or to the color of the clothes of the monks there....more
One of my motto, walk the beat and be neat. Best way to get the feel of any city is to walk it, and Quimperlé is no different.
Wonderful cobble stone streets, monuments to mankind ,and fresh air with an inmense feel of goodness to be walking in history.
Quimperlé is a walker town as any other in France. Best way to feel the city and its people,and bring back memories of accomplishement and education.
Fondest memory: walking is good in any town, Quimperlé is gorgeous