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Montfort is an old medieval city that deserves a stop there for a moment. Follow us, we have prepared a route to miss nothing! We advise you to park close to the tourist office and come for a map.

The Papegault tower

Some remains such as the Papegault Tower have remained almost intact. It was built by Raoul VII at the end of the XIVth century. She had several functions, both residential and defensive in the time of the Lords, then transformed into prison in the early XIXth century.

From the top of the tower the view of Montfort is impregnable! The town hall offers guided tours on request.
The Papegault tower owes its name to the shooting game to the Papegaut, the bird is represented at the top of the tower.
Prison life is poorly known. The detainees were divided according to their sentence on the floors which, according to the oral tradition, could accommodate up to twenty prisoners each. The prison remained active until 1950.

In fact, it is Raoul the first from Gaël who built his first wooden dungeon here in 1091, and he is clever because to the south his castle was protected by the Meu, to the east by the Garun and to the North by the pond. Except that a century later, Richard Lionheart besieged it and settled there, but not for very long because the same year it was burned by Alain de Dinan. But the place being strategic, his successors rebuild the dungeon but this time in stone! Then one day, Raoul VIII decided to rebuild it and add a wall and 10 towers.

The Meu and the Garun

And if you told the whole story aboard a canoe? It is even better because we discover the city from another eye. Our favorite moment is when we arrive under the bridge and we wonder if it happens or not ... but of course it passes, and it's worth it because we arrive at the level of the laundry Colombier, just behind we see the former dryer which also served as public baths. Another effort and two paddles after we find ourselves in front of the Moulin des Plates at the confluence of Meu and Garun. To be this privileged book well your places !

In addition to playing a protective role in the Middle Ages, the waters of the Meu served to the various mills of the country: the Montfort mill and the tan mill which were used for the manufacture of tan (obtained by grinding oak bark. in powder, they were used for tanning the skins). Until the beginning of the XXth century, tanneries were the main handicraft activity of the city..
This beautiful building was built on the old moat, hence its rounded shape. It was a laundry dryer cleaned by the washerwomen, an element common to tanneries dryers and tobacco drying racks. On the ground floor there were bath cabins equipped with bathtubs! Besides, go around you will see the inscription "baths" on one of the facades.
In the twentieth century, a dozen laundries were located on the banks of the Meu and Garun. The Boulevard Colombier was built to meet the many requests of washerwomen. There was even a washing boat near the bridge of Coulon. ©Yann Nenning

Over time, the activity of the city was organized and built around the river. It was an important resource for the industry, the economy and the daily life of Montfort..

But Montfort also keeps track of a religious history. Following our route you will pass in front of the Saint-Jean chapel, the Saint Louis-Marie Grignion church, the former Ursuline convent (now the town hall), but also the birthplace of Saint Louis-Marie Grignion rue de la Saulnerie, one of the oldest with its half-timbered houses.

A little outside the city, make a small detour to admire the cloister and the Gothic portal of the Abbey Saint-Jacques de Montfort.

In the footsteps of Saint Louis-Marie Grignion

The birth house

Louis-Marie Grignion was born on January 31, 1673, rue de la Saulnerie, one of the oldest streets of Montfort. Having become a priest, he went on foot to Rome where the Pope gave him approval for his apostolic projects. He became a missionary and devoted his life to the religious reconquest of popular circles in France. He founded three religious orders: the Daughters of Wisdom, the Brothers of Saint Gabriel and the Brothers and Montfort Fathers.

The church Saint Louis-Marie Grignion

Its construction was done twice, hence its curious difference of style and materials between the porch bell tower (1850) and the rest of the church (1885). The building is located on the site of the old feudal mound of the city.

Saint-Jacques abbey

Built from 1152, the abbey rebuilt several times successively housed monks of the order of St. Augustine, Ursuline nuns, the Montfortian Fathers. The church destroyed by fire, is being restored by the Workers of Saint-Jacques. It is now occupied by a technician school and is only visible from the outside. She is the departure of the trail of the 3 abbeys, a 100km trail that connects the abbey of Paimpont and Saint-Méen.

Montfort is located on the GR37 hiking trail and the Tour de Brocéliande circuit. The forest is sublime, take a ride on the circuit n ° 112 (9.5km) or the forest walk n ° 119 (5km).

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