Strolling in Quimperlé
Discover the historical town of Quimperlé, coiled in the confluence of three rivers : the river Ellé, Isole and Laïta.
Let yourself be charmed by the rich history of this town of character thanks to its many historic monuments, from the upper-town to the lower-town and from the Middle Ages to the end of the century.
Discover splendid buildings from the Frémeur hospital, last medieval hospital in the west in Présidial, to the old Court of Justice dated 1683, not forgetting the prestigious Sainte-Croix Abbey (Abbey of the Holy Cross). Its circular shape and its crypt, the latter being amongst the most beautiful ones in Brittany, make it an inescapable stopover !
Every year, many of Quimperlé’s historical buildings, such as the Ursulines Chapel or the Archers’ House (which contrary to popular belief did not shelter archers) host temporary exhibitions.
Quimperlé, ville fleurie "3 fleurs"
All year round, Quimperlé’s green areas change with the seasons to the inhabitants and tourists’ great delight. They contribute to making the visits of the historic heritage even more pleasant and colourful.
Church-Abbey of Sainte-Croix (Classified as Historical Monument)
Built in the 11th century the Church-Abbey of Saint-Cross is a remarkable monument due to its cruciform and striking circular plan. The choir of monks, a jewel of Romanesque art, and the crypt, one of the most beautiful in Brittany, have remained intact.
The indoor market
A model of industrial architecture, Quimperlé’s indoor market was built by the Moreau brothers (Parisian builders) in 1887 in the heart of Quimperlé’s historical centre. An exact replica of this building was built in 2002 in the same location. Fishermen, butchers and greengrocers use the premises today.
Floral Bridge (Listed on the historical Monuments inventory)
Previously called "Pen-Pont-Ellé", this bridge straddles the river Ellé which stands as the traditional border with the Diocese of Vannes. It used to provide access to one of the three gates of the fortified town. This medieval floral bridge with its humped deck has retained its powerful spurs and two of its six gothic arches.
The ruins of Saint-Colomban's church (Classified as Historical Monument)
The Romanesque doorway probably dates back to the 10th century or beginning of the 11th century. Above it is a beautiful flamboyant window between two canopied alcoves. A fragment of the choir wall showing the basis of three columns with sculpted corbels dated 14th century can be seen in the courtyard next to the cinema. The gothic hall church which used to stretch as far as the river fell into ruins at the beginning of the 19th century.
The Présidial (Listed on the Historical Monuments inventory)
The Presidial, a listed Historic Monument, is a justice court constructed in 1683 boasting a beautiful carved oak stairway. It is used today for exhibitions, cultural events and to display artistic creations.
Private hotels (From the 16th to the 19th century)
Beautiful dwellings were built on both sides of Brémond d'Ars main street by reputable architects originating from Lorient for the benefit of town officials, Army and Marine officers. These private hotels have big gardens leading to the rivers Isole and Ellé. Their location can be explained by the close proximity of the political, administrative and judicial authorities.
Archers House (Classified as Historical Monument)
The Archers House dates back to the the middle of the 16th century. This listed Historic Monument is located in the paved street Dom Morice and hosts exhibitions for the town of Quimperlé. Next to the Archers House is an olde-worlde shop with a stall made of stone, no doubt Quimperlé’s oldest house.
Our Lady of the Assumption's Church (Classified as Historical Monument)
This listed Historic Monument is perched on the hill of Saint-Michel overlooking the whole of Quimperlé. This Gothic Church was built in two stages, in the 13th and 15th centuries. In 1373 part of the Church was destroyed by Du Guesclin. The Church houses the oldest dated sculpted beams in Brittany (1430) and a rich statuary.
The Ursulines Chapel (Listed on the Historical Monuments inventory)
This Jesuit cum baroque-style chapel which was part of a 17th century convent boasts a magnificent roof gilded with gold leaves. The Chapel hosts exhibitions for the town of Quimperlé. Don’t miss the panoramic view of Quimperlé from Bel Air park.
The Frémeur Hospital and Saint-Eutrope's Chapel (Classified as Historical Monuments)
This impressive Breton monument and listed Historic Monument is the last medieval hospital in the west. The building is comprised of a farmhouse and a 14th century chapel. The name "Frémeur" originates from the Breton word "froutmeur" which means big stream. Only the outside can be visited.
Yann Kersalé Blue Trail
This artistic trail on the banks of the river Laïta was created by the visual artist Yan Kersalé to showcase the local heritage and add a contemporary touch to the historical town centre. This is part of a global project to redevelop the town.
State forest of Carnoët
This forest, also known as "Toulfoën Forest", is a former ducal then royal forest. It is a timeless site brimming with centuries-old trees and ruins. This haven of peace is ideal for hiking and other sports. It is also a site used for orienteering (beginners and advanced levels) and is a great way to discover the area from a different angle.
A different kind of visit
Visit Quimperlé on board a canoe-kayak.