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Felger - Fourgères

Capital of the Breton Marshlands


In addition to its impressive castle, the medieval town harbours many other treasures. The variety of historic houses and streets within the town walls reflect the ups and downs of the regions eventful history. Everyone is enchanted by the richness of its heritage, its local industry and its welcoming nature. Please do not forget to taste all the traditional gastronomic specialities.

War ar vevenn etr Breizh, Maine ha Normandi, e-kreiz Marzoù Breizh, emañ Felger. Adalek penn kentañ hec'h istor eo bet ur greizenn a bouez evit an eskemmoù hag ar c'henwerzh. Eno ez eus chomet ur mell krenvlec'h eus mare an dugelezh, pa oa Felger ur varoniezh vras.

Emañ kastell Felger, bet savet en XIvet kantved, en ur gildroenn eus an Nanton, hag a-viskoazh eo bet ar ster-se ur gwarez naturel evitañ. Solutaet eo bet zifennoù a-hed an amzer, eus an tour koad simpl a oa da gentañ betek ar pezh mell krenvlec'h eus ar XVvet kantved. E karter Sant-Sulpis, ouzh troad ar c'hastell, e teuas kivijerien, mezhererien ha livadennerien da stalian o milinoù war ar stêr. Diouzh o zu ez a kenwerzhourien, artizaned ha bankourien d'en em staliañ war an duchenn a zo a-us an traoñienn. En XIIIvet kantved e lakaas Raoul III, baron Felger, sevel ramparzhioù tro-dro da ger. Diwezhatoc'h e voe savet un ti-kêr hag ur befrez gant ar vourc'hizien, a oa deuet da vezan mistri kêr. War-Ierc'h an tanioù-gwall a zegouezhas en XVllvet kantved e voe adsavet Felger e maen diwar skouer doare keraozañ Gabriel, anezhañ tisavour ar roue. E fin an XIXvet kantved e c'hoarvezas ur gwir dispac'h greantel e Felger a zeuas da vezañ «kêr-benn ar boteier». Hiziv an deiz eo bet adingalet karter ar vicherourien ha krouet ez eus bet poloù sevenadurel d'ober ul liamm etre an amzer dremenet hag an amzer-da-zont.

Kaset e vezer d' ober gwelloc'h anaou¬degezh gant "Kastell marvailhus Felger" da-heul un droiad leurennet. Dre arvestoù istorel adsavet. etre istor ha mojennoù, e vez diskouezet ar roll pouezus a oa gant Felger, kêr greñv anezhi, evit difenn an dugelezh. En ur zispenn roudoù tud vojennel e teu ar savouriezh gwechall da gejañ ouzh an hini a vremañ evit meskañ mein ar Grennamzer gant freskadurezh al liorzhoñ war-ziribin a zo ouzh troad ar mogerioù-¬kreñv. Diwar ar savennou e c'haller sellet ouzh ar c'hastell ha monumantoù Felger.
Fougeres stands on the borders of Brittany, Maine and Normandy, in the heart of the Breton Marches. From the outset it was an important centre for trade and commerce. What was an important barony in the days of the Duchy still has an impressive fortress dating from that period.

The chateau of Fougeres is situated on a bend on the River Nançon and, ever since it was built in the 11th century, it has taken advantage of its natural defences. From its beginnings as a simple wooden tower to its culmination as an immense fortress in the 15th century, its defensive systems were continually improved. In the Saint-Sulpice district just below the chateau, tanners, drapers and dyers installed their mills on the river. Tradesmen, crafts¬men and bankers set up their establishments on the hill overlooking the valley. In the 13th century, Raoul III, the Baron of Fougeres, had ramparts built around his citadel. When political power later passed to the bourgeoisie, they built a town hall and a bell tower. After the fires in the 18th century, the upper town was reconstructed in stone, following town plans inspired by the royal architect Gabriel. At the end of the 19th century, Fougeres experienced a real industrial revolution and became the "capital of the shoe trade". Today, the restoration of the workers' district and the creation of new cultural centres are forging a link between past and present.

A tour of the" Fabulous Chateau of Fougeres" includes a series of set pieces. Sound and vision reconstructions of events that are part history, part legend, illustrate the key role played by the fortress in the defence of the Duchy. Following in the footsteps of mythical figures, the architecture of yesteryear meets that of today, mingling medieval stonework with the freshness of the gardens that slope down to the foot of the fortifications. From the terraces, there are extensive views over the chateau and the town's monuments

The Medieval Château:

One of the most impressive in Europe with visual and sound effects illustrating both the historic events of the period 1000-1500, and everyday life in the château, which was built to defend the Duchy of Brittany.

 

Ramparts & Ancient Gates:

The town walls were built to protect the inhabitants and their possessions. Originally there were four gates, but only "Notre Dame" gate - near the château, is still standing

 

Medieval Quarter & Saint Sulpice Church:

During the Middle Ages the town was the market place for the surrounding cattle breeding area. The half-timbered date back to the 16th and 17th centuries, with the Maison de Savigny being of particular interest with its gallery facing the River Nancon. The church was founded in the 11th century then rebuilt in Flamboyant Gothic style in the 14th and 15th centuries. The chancel was refurbished during the 18th century. The baptistery and pulpit are also 18th century additions.

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