Historical capital and city of the spirit
It is at the confluence of the Jaudy and Guindy rivers that the majestic Saint-Tugdual cathedral stands proudly on the Place du Martray. Its elegant spire dominates the landscape. The cobbled streets with their steep slope will take you right in front of one of its three porches. Outside, a little to your right, a small staircase attracts your attention and allows you to enter the cloister, an architectural jewel of the flamboyant gothic style and a lapidary museum.
On the third Sunday of May, the square is a hive of activity: the great procession of the Pardon de Saint Yves attracts believers, the simply curious and of course many professions of justice and law. All around the central square, granite mansions and timber-framed houses compete in beauty, while shops, artists’ studios and art galleries arouse curiosity. The birthplace of the famous writer, philosopher and thinker Ernest Renan opens its doors to you. Born in 1823, he claimed the right of free expression for religious and historical criticism in the light of scientific study. Before leaving, take the time to go for a walk in the Poet’s Wood in which the suspension bridge tells you that there was a time when there were only ferries to cross the rivers.