Le Pays de Quimperlé regorge de lieux historiques. Découvrez trois lieux majeurs témoins d'un autre temps, trois atmosphères différentes à explorer en famille ou entre amis : le patrimoine du Pays de Quimperlé vous ouvre ses portes.
The Abbey site of Saint-Maurice
In Clohars-Carnoët, discover the splendid wooded site of Saint-Maurice’s bordered by the river Laïta.
Thanks to the permanent exhibition, you will amongst other things get to know the way of life of the monks who lived in this Cistercian abbey, its foundation and the history of this place.
The temporary exhibitions will add to your knowledge of the place as well as various original events according to the seasons.
Enjoy the massive 123 hectare park with its centenary trees and discover the vestiges of this site like the 13th century Chapter Hall, the Renaissance church frontage, the orangery or the abbey farm.
In Saint-Maurice, you will be able to go on the GR34 and walk along the river Laïta which will take you to the national forest of Carnoët to the north or to the south coast.
Kernault Manor House
Only a few kilometres from Quimperlé, discover the Manor of Kernault, Mellac’s historical building and part of the "Chemins du patrimoine en Finistère" (Finistère’s heritage trails).
This site is a member of a collective cultural scheme whose objective is to develop events and to coordinate them between the sites members of the Finistère’s heritage trails.
This ancient agricultural residence dated back from the 15th century is now a place of exhibitions, workshops, animations and shows on the subject of plants and tales. This splendid residence tells its history through its architecture and its various constructions.
Cross the ages thanks to the permanent exhibition titled “Il était une fois Kernault” (once upon a time Kernault) which tells you the history of this agricultural grassland.
Let’s not forget the temporary exhibition which runs from April 4 to November 29, 2015 titled “Bal, baluche, baloche – Sur des airs populairs” honouring a typical tradition of Finistère, the ball. Let yourself be carried away by these stories and testimonies.
This great agricultural field has now turned into a large park of approximately 30 hectares ideal for strolling through. In doing so you will discover an orchard of one hectare in size where you will learn everything there is to know on the subject of apples thanks to its interpretive space and interactive table.
Le Pouldu's House-Museum
Le Pouldu was in the 1880’s a “refuge” for many painters wishing to leave the chaos of the capital city. The most famous Paul Gauguin was very inspired by the lighting effects and peaceful atmosphere of the place.
In 1889 he returns to Le Pouldu and settles at the « Buvette de la Plage » run by Marie Henry. Paul Sérusier, Meijer de Haan and Charles Filiger join him there and together they take over the café and during the winter months, decorate the ceilings, doors and window panes of the dining room.
The House-Museum of Le Pouldu has a complete and accurate reconstruction of the « Buvette de la Plage » on display. Thanks to numerical tablets, lighting and sound effects one can immerse oneself into the atmosphere of this infamous winter 1890.
To complete your visit the House-Museum has set up the « Le Chemin des peintres » route (the painters’ trail) so you can further enjoy Gauguin. Two visit routes can be found in Le Pouldu.