"Visit Mont Dol" Dol-de-Bretagne Off The Beaten Path Tip by hquittner

Dol-de-Bretagne Off The Beaten Path: 3 reviews and 7 photos

  The End of the Road (Church & Semaphor)
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  • The End of the Road (Church  & Semaphor) - Dol-de-Bretagne
      The End of the Road (Church & Semaphor)
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  • The Semaphor cum Bell-Tower Madonna - Dol-de-Bretagne
      The Semaphor cum Bell-Tower Madonna
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  • Mont Dol Church - Dol-de-Bretagne
      Mont Dol Church
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  • The Reclaimed Marais - Dol-de-Bretagne
      The Reclaimed Marais
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  • Windmill - Dol-de-Bretagne
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The Dol Mound is 200 feet high and is about 4 km from Dol de Bretagne. The narrow road is safe and will allow a car to pass in either direction. You easily ascend to the end of the road near a monument (Notre Dame de l'Esperance) which is a bell-tower for the little church of Mont Dol nearby. The tower was originally a semaphor (built in 1802). A little climb leads to a rocky plateau with spurs projecting in various angles. There are fine views and the footing is easy. On good days Mont St.-Michel can be seen east as well as many places west. All around are the Dol marshes (marais) that have been recently much reclaimed and have productive farms. A farmstead nearby has an old windmill from the first attempts to use alternate energy long ago. To the north toward Vivier-sur-Mer and the coast there is more marsh. The rocks on the Mont give mythical evidences of the Great Battle between St.-Michel and Satan (See Our Customs Tip under Bretagne) which requires a diagram and imagination to discover (the sites are not marked;try it).

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  • Written Oct 21, 2007
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