Pont Croix

It was a hot day – we had visited the Pointe du Van, stopped in Cléden Cap Sizun, and walked along the Goyen River, and I was ready for refreshment! We found an excellent bakery on the square in Pont Croix and I tried my first Gateau Brétonne – yummy, I am definitely going to try this crunchy alternative to shortbread when I return to the UK! After that a little walk was necessary, but I wasn’t prepared for the surprise round the corner from the market square.

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The Romans were here in the 1C-3C, farming, but apparently the town of Pont Croix was only founded in c.11C. The Lords of Pont Croix built a moated castle to protect the river crossing and the roads from east to west, and joined the coast of the Cap Sizun and the Bigouden country further south. The Monastery Church of Notre Dame de Roscudon dates from the early 13C when it was, in its original form, the Chapel to a Castle. The town, controlled by the Rosmadec family, developed around the castle which remained until the 15C.

The Monastery Church of Notre Dame de Roscudon, Pont Croix

The Monastery Church of Notre Dame de Roscudon, Pont Croix

The South Porch (1400s) of the Monastery Church of Notre Dame de Roscudon
The South Porch (1400s) of the Monastery Church of Notre Dame de Roscudon
The Nave, the heart of the original Chapel to the Castle of Pont Croix
The Nave, the heart of the original Chapel to the Castle of Pont Croix

Notre Dame de Roscudon, Pont Croix

Notre Dame de Roscudon, Pont Croix

The 16C Pieta, Notre Dame de Roscudon, Pont Croix

Notre Dame de Roscudon, Pont Croix

Notre Dame de Roscudon, Pont Croix

The ceilings are beautiful.

Notre Dame de Roscudon, Pont Croix

Notre Dame de Roscudon, Pont Croix

Notre Dame de Roscudon, Pont Croix

What can I say? We didn’t spend enough time just wandering around the cobbled streets, exploring the port (on the Goyen River), and only popped into the 20C Chapel of St Vincent.

The Chapel of St Vincent, Pont Croix

Do visit Pont Croix if you are in Cap Sizun in Brittany.

Further information
Pont Croix & its history
Tourist information on Pont Croix
Historical Monuments
Notre Dame de Roscudon

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