Saint-Jean chapel

Plougonvelin Plougonvelin
  • Type Pedestrian
  • Distance 11.3 Km
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Walks
Lochrist chapel
Musée mémoires 39-45
Saint-Michel chapel

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Departing from the Iroise Bretagne Tourist Office in Trez-hir, this 11.3-kilometer tour takes you from Plougonvelin to the village of Lochrist, where you can enjoy the heritage and landscapes of Plougonvelin.

If you'd like to opt for a shorter hike, you can use the Chapelle Saint-Jean as your starting point. (6.3km circuit if you choose this option).

At the Iroise Bretagne Tourist Office, you'll find hard-copy hiking maps and topoguides published by the Fédération Française de Randonnée du Finistère.

See the bottom of the page for all the activities and restaurants in the area.

Documents to download
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Iroise Bretagne Tourist Office 29217 Plougonvelin.


The chapel, dedicated to St. John, is a 15th-century building with a flamboyant window in the chevet.
St. John's chapel had a hospital function.
Two arcades on the north wall separated the hospital area from the chapel nave.

The roadside Saint Jean fountain, some 50 meters to the south-east, is dedicated to Notre-Dame de la Clarté, whose miraculous water is said to prevent or cure eye ailments.

Until the French Revolution, this small village was a "trêve", i.e. a branch, of the parish of Plougonvelin; the town of Le Conquet depended on this trêve.
Some of the facades and portals are decorated with carved stone from buildings demolished here or at Saint-Mathieu.
The parish church was demolished in 1853, and its stones were used to build the new "Saint-Croix" church in Le Conquet.

The cemetery contains a small chapel known as the "Guardian Angel" or "Saint-Michel" chapel. This chapel contains three paintings, with almost faded paint, showing the silhouette of an angel.

Saint-Michel Chapel

In June 1940, the Germans planned to set up a major naval base in Brest.
To defend it, they built the Rospects and Kéringar batteries.
The latter is located on a 46-metre-high plateau with a panoramic view stretching from the Pointe de Corsen to the Pointe du Raz.
Four guns were installed here, covering the entire perimeter.
French prisoners of war and local labor made the construction possible.
The frequency of Allied attacks forced the Germans to cover the posts with concrete casemates; the thickness of the vault of the only blockhouse completed in August 1944 is 1.70m.
The command post was located in a blockhouse at Keromnes, near Saint-Mathieu.
Today, this blockhouse has been transformed into the Mémoires 39-45 museum. A visit to this museum is a must!

The Keringar battery
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