Civil & religious architecture

The prebendal house (maison Prébendale)

Built for a rich canon whose income, the “Prébendes” came from taxes, this exceptional house of the 16th century is of Breton Renaissance style.

The ellaborated roof decoration can be observed from outside: in the corners, a lion and a dragon symbolise the double position of the canon: the lion as emblem of the Léon and the dragon as the myth of Saint Pol Aurélien. This evangelist terrassed a dragon which was terrorising the population of Batz island.

Artistic exhibitions are organised all along the year in this unique place.

  • Opening hours: In July and August every day from 15:00 to 19:00 excepted Mondays
    All along the year: Wednesday to Sunday 14:00-18:00
    Free entrance
    Information: 02 98 69 01 69

Kreisker chapel


Highest steeple in all Brittany (78m), the Kreisker (14th and 15th centuries) has been saved from demolition by Napoléon in 1807 thanks to its usefulness for navigation. From its top railing, you can enjoy the view on all the region. Throughout the middle ages, the city council used the Kreisker as assembly room.

Still today, the chapel and its tower applies a powerful presence on the city. Norman and British influences are visible on the architecture of this classified historic monument.

  • Opening hours: every day from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00

Cathedral

The Saint Paul Aurélien cathedral with its roman remains is also a testimony of the influence of Norman artististic style on Breton architecture in the 13th century.

The western facade with its two high towers and the nave in Caen limestone demonstrate this stylistic and economical heritage from Normandy. The transept and the chancel date from second half of 15th century. The ambulatory and the southern chapel have been erected in the 16th century.

Open every day - Groups should call before visit (+33) 2 98

Kéroulas house


This small castle was erected for a noble canon around 1550. Its lay-out and decoration are a perfect example of the architectural style of Renaissance, as in most rural mansions around Saint Pol.

For the programme, see exhibitions

MAJ 25 February 2016