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.
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.