History & heritage The Saint-Mathieu Lighthouse

A must-see site in Northern Finistère

Plougonvelin, Finistère

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Phare de Saint-Mathieu
La Pointe Saint-Mathieu
29217 Plougonvelin

This is the westernmost point of mainland France. Full of history and memories, the lighthouse at Pointe Saint-Mathieu is a symbolic monument for all the sailors of Brittany.
Pointe Saint-Mathieu is a site rich with history, nature and heritage.  This is a wonderful place for walks and sightseeing, with the GR34 walking trail nearby, as well as the Iroise Marine Park. There's also an abbey that dates back to the 16th Century, the abbey museum, the lighthouse, the National Memorial to sailors lost at sea, and the semaphore. The panoramic views are a great reward for climbing the 163 steps. This lighthouse has been lit since 1835. It is 37 metres high, and its white light flashes across the ocean every 15 seconds. With a range of 29 miles, it indicates the route that will take you into the narrows of Brest harbour. The lighthouse was electrified in 1937 and fully automated in 1996. The last lighthouse keeper left in 2006. The Saint-Mathieu Lighthouse has been classed as a historical monument since November 2010.

Languages spoken

  • English

Access for the Disabled : no

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