A must on the Côte des Légendes
A Gothic church in the flamboyant style, Notre-Dame du Folgoët is a major example of 15th-century Breton architecture, renowned far beyond the Léon region. This monument, witness to the history of an entire country and its inhabitants, has seen many great names pass through its walls (Anne de Bretagne, François 1er...).
A spiritual Mecca, particularly at the time of its famous pardon, this basilica also has undeniable architectural, cultural and even political and economic importance. Its popularity also owes much to the many mysteries that surround it, making this religious edifice a unifying heritage of the Côte des Légendes.
The basilica turned 600
Despite a controversial chronology, it appears that the date 1423 is particularly important in the history of this monument, as evidenced by the still legible founding inscription carved into the kersanton of the west porch.
2023 marked the 600th anniversary of this beautiful building, and 600 years is something to celebrate, isn't it?
A program to match!
Mapping - Sound and Light
Visit the bell tower
The Friends of Folgoët association offered tours of the basilica: stained-glass windows, statuary... Unique and exceptional climbs to the top of the bell tower were also programmed. Some 200 lucky visitors enjoyed a 360° panoramic view of the entire Côte des Légendes. An original way to see the bell towers of neighbouring towns, and even the sea from the lighthouse on the Virgin Island!
Traditional costumes were paraded for the occasion!
All the communes on the Côte des Légendes, and beyond, were represented.
Festivities mean concerts! And the idea here was to program unifying artists perfectly blending tradition and modernity. From "Dan ar Braz" to the newcomers of "Braan", not forgetting the strength of the Bagad de Lann Bihoué collective, there was plenty to choose from.
Heritage in the spotlight
A "heritage square" welcomed some twenty Breton heritage professionals. They came to present their skills with passion: stonemasons, stained glass artists, archaeologists... but also those who work behind their desks to keep our heritage alive and well!
A market to eat!
Restaurant owners from Lesneven and Le Folgoët took it upon themselves to share their talent and good humor with as many people as possible. La Fabrik, La Gare, Le Grain de Sel, le Coq en Pâte, Ti Katell, Le Péché Mignon and the restaurant la Duchesse Anne joined forces to offer an array of flavors in street food mode. Local beverages were in the spotlight, and proceeds from the refreshment stand were donated to the Amis du Folgoët association, which is responsible for the upkeep and restoration of Folgoët's heritage.