Situated in the middle of the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel, the medieval city of Dol-de-Bretagne has the “Small town of character” label. Here in this former bishopric of Brittany, you will discover a very charming town with rich historical heritage. Add to that a stroll on the ramparts and on Mont-Dol and you’ll get a day full of surprises. Watch out, you’re going to love it!
The medieval city houses many architectural treasures: half-timbered houses with one or two floors, dating from the 15th to 17th centuries, mansion houses, ramparts, and above all one of the oldest houses in Brittany, the “Petits Palets” house.
The colourful façades give the town incredible charm. Don’t hesitate to go down Ruelle du Robinet to admire Quengo house. Now private, this pretty house was used successively as a prison during the French Revolution, a town hall and even the Post Office.
The jewel of the town is without competition Saint-Samson cathedral, a major monument of the Breton Gothic period. The northern façade resembles a fortress. The interior is sublime (arcades, stained-glass windows, etc.) and should not be missed! Like a fortress, the cathedral has defensive structures on a religious monument.
To observe the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel, climb up to Mont-Dol. This granite islet inspired many legends telling of fights between the devil and the archangel Saint Michael. From the top, the view of the bay is wonderful.
If you want to perfect your knowledge of how cathedrals were built, make your way to Cathédraloscope. Here you will discover general cathedral construction methods, the different steps of construction, the many trades involved (architect, stone cutter, etc.) and its religious representation.
The fun trail is enhanced with videos and models, and some models that you can build yourself. To keep children’s interest, they can follow an investigation throughout the museum.
For us, Dol-de-Bretagne was a beautiful discovery, a town that combines many assets: heritage, history, fun experiences and nature. Don’t hesitate to add it to your list of day trips, you won’t be disappointed!
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