"Sizun" Sizun by ranger49

Sizun Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 43 photos

Leave the By-pass and go in to town for a treat.

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 it Enclosure

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..

No shortage of activities.

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.

  • Last visit to Sizun: Jun 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Barbara, lovely little page about Sizun here. I have never heard of this place before, but the Bretagne is still a part of Western Europe I still have to visit.

  • Maryimelda's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2011 at 11:11 PM

    Beautiful church Barbara. I especially love the Pieta. It is really graphic and quite different to the usual.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    What a lovely town. I enjoyed the tour of statues, lovely homes, and museums. You always explore some of the neatest places Barbara!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2010 at 1:19 AM

    What a sweet town with its extraordinary church....great tips about all the features of the church. That is a beautiful Pieta sculpture. Love the history, the architecture, and, best of all, your insights.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2009 at 12:14 AM

    Lovely photos! The church is beautiful, and the stained glass windows are very different to others I have seem. They look modern to me, but I think they would be quite old. Nice page Barbara.

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2009 at 3:26 AM

    Once again-wonderfully interesting little historical stories in the tips. Especially about the Dallam family. I also love the Pieta statue. Its very unusual. Thanks Barbara- I learn something new from every page that you write.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    Looks like an attractive but unassuming town. Too bad you weren't there for an organ concert, but at least you got the CD. (I always tend to buy the CDs, too, in places like that, and am seldom disappointed.)

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    I love the Pieta sculpture --- it evokes so much emotion and tragedy, but a happy ending. very nice tips, you write well...Norman :)

  • timada's Profile Photo
    Sep 11, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Very nice page about this little town , go to make some " crepes " !


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