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Vitré and the Gateway of Brittany

Forming the historical crossroads between Brittany, Normandy and Anjou, the Gateway of Brittany is a land of welcome, with the medieval city of Vitré, which is a listed City of Art and History. Stroll aimlessly around the picturesque streets to discover the charm of the half-timbered houses and the rich residences of the merchants and sailcloth manufacturers, who settled around the fortress in the 16th and 17th centuries.

LAND OF WELCOME IN BRITTANY

Forming the historical crossroads between Brittany, Normandy and Anjou, the Gateway of Brittany is a land of welcome, with the medieval city of Vitré. Long considered a defensive zone located on the edge of Brittany, this region was also a place of exchange and trade where flourishing towns emerged. The homeland of Madame de Sévigné, the Gateway of Brittany has a thousand treasures inherited from its past, to discover through the shortcuts.

 

VITRÉ AND ITS CASTLE

In the Middle Ages, the border region of “Marches de Bretagne” was bristling with defensive fortresses built by powerful families to defend the Duchy of Brittany. With its crenelated towers and its massive walls, Vitré fortress is a perfect example of this.

The region also has superb manor houses surrounded by lush parks. Boiscornillé Castle in Val d’Izé or Rochers-Sévigné Castle in Vitré, the countryside residence of the famous Marquis, are open for tours.

 

FAIRY ROCK

In Essé, discover the megalithic site of the Fairy Rock, over 4,000 years old. Shrouded in popular legend, this ancestral place of worship is a key witness to the Neolithic period in Europe.

 

REMARKABLE RELIGIOUS HERITAGE

The churches of Arbrissel and Bréal-sous-Vitré represent the purity of Romanesque art. The Flamboyant Gothic style appears in the churches of Balazé, Champeaux, La Guerche-de-Bretagne, Vitré and Louvigné-de-Bais. Don’t miss the “Lutheran” porch on Saint-Marse de Bais church and the magnificent marble retables which decorate the churches in the region.

BETWEEN TRADITION AND CULTURE

Complete your visit with the Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires in Sel-de-Bretagne, dedicated to rural life in Brittany of yesteryear, the Parc-Musée des Mines de la Brutz in Teillay and the Living Bee Museum in Vitré. A land of popular beliefs and legends, there are many events organised in the Gates of Brittany all year long to make your stay more interesting.

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