A noble residence with gardens and a proud heritage
The Château de Kerjean stands in its own grounds not far from Saint-Pol-de-Léon. You have to go inside the impressive walls to appreciate the grandeur of the Renaissance-style architecture. During your visit you can trace the history of this beautiful building and learn about the everyday lives of the lords of Kerjean.
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Discover Le Château de Kerjean
Built around 1570, the Château de Kerjean was bigger and more beautiful than any of the other great residences of the time. It caught Louis XIII’s attention and was the inspiration for the nearby parish closes. The main gate, the extensive living quarters, the chapel and the arched walkways are set around the great courtyard, with its columned well. Behind the ornate facades are galleries, private apartments and the kitchens with their gleaming coppers. There are 25 rooms to visit in all, from the pantry to the lord’s chamber.
Travel back in time at the ‘Rich Hours of Kerjean’ exhibition
Exhibitions and live displays help visitors of all ages to discover the château’s 500-year history. You can explore its past through amazing, state-of-the-art multimedia installations. 21st century-style books of magic spells tell the stories of the men who built the château. A working model shows the underside of the scrollwork, pilasters and other ornamental features of the buildings. Statues whisper secrets in your ear. Occupants from long ago come back to lead you through the maze of different rooms. The chatelaine, the lord and the stable-boy all become your guides. It’s a unique experience!
Did you know
Why the fortified walls?
It can come as a surprise to see the fortified walls, up to 12 metres thick, that surround this jewel of Breton Renaissance architecture. It reminds us that the château was built in the days of the religious wars involving Henry of Guise’s Catholic League.
Stroll through the centuries
Back in the open air again, the 19 hectares of grounds are ideal for a quiet stroll through nature and heritage. Dotted around in the floral landscape you’ll find features such as the 9 metre-high dovecot and a lovely fountain with water jets. Along the paths, which are laid out in the geometric pattern that was fashionable in the 17th and 18th centuries, you’ll meet people who love gardens, walking and history. The grounds are full of variety: cereals and wild flowers have also been planted on the estate. You’ll see something to grab your attention whichever way you look!