"Sizun" Sizun by ranger49
Sizun Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 43 photos
The early prosperity of Sizun was based on its success as a centre of linen making in the days when various qualities of linen had many uses - as bed linen and clothing but perhaps even more as sailcloth for the hundreds of sailing boats that sailed from the French coast. Anything from a small fishing boat to a Man )’ War.
Today the main symbol of that wealth is to be seen in the Church and the Parish Enclosure ( l’Enclos Paroissal) entered through the magnificent “arch of triumph” - which perhaps equates with the concept of the English Cathedral Close, except the French "clos"although it would have enclosed the cemetery, the ossuary and the sacristy would not have had any dwellings.
Sizun is a small town of about 2000 people and, in spite of its history and proximity to excellent holiday facilities, shows a few signs of being a bit less prosperous than in former times
It is the sort of town some of our old relatives would have stayed in for at least a week on one of their tours in the 1950’ and 60’s - plenty of history, good restaurants and hotels, and nearby gentle mountains to walk in, and rivers and lakes to fish.
It still has a lot of charm and we were so glad we stopped there - almost by chance - another bit of serendipity.
The church and its famous Arch is what most people passing through the towm will stop here to see.
Sizun is on the Circuit of the Parish Enclosures which are a feature of this part of Brittany..
The tourist office will direct you to the Maison de la Rivière, a small Museum specialising in all things to do with fresh water and its importance to life. There is a comprehensive display of all things to do with fishing and angling.
Guided walks across the Mont d’Arrée , to the Source of the Èlorn and Drennec Lake are also arranged
From mid-June to end of September the town opens it large open air swimming pool.
Once a year a festival of Breton life , dance and music takes place in the main street. There are dancers in Breton... more travel advice
Rather a forbidding history for a very beautiful building. This is the place to which, in ancient times, the remains of... more travel advice
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