There are reminders of the town’s rich trading history in the half-timbered houses in the historic town centre, and the 18th century private mansions. Set off from the impressive collegiate church of Notre-Dame and walk down towards Place du Martray, which is lined with half-timbered houses. You can see many different styles in their facades. One of the houses, the 15th century ‘Maison du Bourreau’ (Executioner’s House), is especially beautiful. This building, with its eye-catching ‘ox blood’ coloured timbers, is now home to the Mathurin Méheut Museum.
Discover arts and crafts
Many historic buildings have been converted into exhibition spaces and craft workshops. Pottery and sculpture have a special niche, continuing a tradition that has thrived because of the clay subsoil in the surrounding moorlands. You can find out more about these craft skills as you continue on your way towards the stud. Part of this venue is now home to the Mathurin Méheut museum. The setting is worthy of this prolific artist whose high-quality works bear witness to life in Brittany at the turn of the 20th century.