Thanks to a rich architectural heritage that includes several listed buildings, a simple stroll through the centre becomes a delight: houses of cut stone, timbered facades and slate coverings, right up to the bridge itself.
Landerneau is situated on the Brest estuary on the banks of the Elorn, where the Lands of Léon and Cornouaille meet. The town also includes several elegant residences that once belonged to the ship-owners who prospered from the linen trade here, exporting their wares from the nearby port (particularly the area around Saint-Thomas church).
A town for celebration!
Landerneau certainly knows how to party. There are events all year long, notably the big Folk Festival “Kann Al Loar” in July, the “Fête du Bruit” in August and, every other year, the Medieval Christmas festival (“Noël Médiéval”) in December. The town also has a great venue for shows and concerts called “Le Family” and a large multi-media centre.
The inhabited bridge, Pont de Rohan
There are precious few inhabited bridges in the world, and they are constructions unlike any other. The Pont De Rohan, with its shops, restaurants and homes, was one of the last inhabited bridges to be built in Europe, having celebrated its 500th birthday in 2010.
You can find traces of a bridge over the Elorn that connected the lands of Léon and Cornouaille way back in the 12th century. The stone bridge that can be seen today dates from 1510 and was built on the orders of the Viscount de Rohan. Its impressive pillars and 6 arches support buildings that have housed a succession of generations including millers and milliners, drapers and jewellers, saddlers and more…
A town of culture…
December 2016 – May 2017 : HARTUNG et les peintres lyriques
2015 : Alberto GIACOMETTI/ Lorenzo MATTOTTI
2014 : DUBUFFET, l’insoumis / Jacques MONORY
2013 : Joan MIRÒ, l’Arlequin artificier / 1975-1997 : la bande dessinée fait sa révolution…