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Tanguy tower in Brest

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Tanguy tower

Built on a block of granite, Bastille Quilbignon or "Tour de la Motte Tanguy" occupies a prime location along the Penfeld opposite the castle of Brest. She probably is part of a system of fortifications set up to protect or prevent, depending on the circumstances, communications between the two sides.

A sentry on Penfeld

We do not know if it was the English who built the tower in the second part of the fourteenth century or if the Tanguy du Chatel had built before John de Montfort not confided to the British in 1341 to guard the place of Brest. It's his son John IV, Duke of Brittany, that the English returned them in 1397 after having defended the French assaults of the constable. The Tanguy Tower became the seat of justice of the lords of Châtel and remained until 1580 It was later neglected, became the property of the family of Rohan Guéméné then-Crown and finally was sold as national property during the Revolution. Transformed into a house, it was burned during the fighting in 1944 In 1954, the City of Brest became the owner and asked the painter Jim E. Sevellec to evoke the past of an old city which remained little witness history.

The Tanguy Tower has huge dioramas are all pageants and walks through the picturesque streets of Brest before 1939.

1st floor: memory Brest
Upstairs, Jim Sevellec recreated aspects of our city at times when events have particularly strong.
  •      The Last Stand of "Mary of the Cinch"
  •      The castle of Brest in the early 20th century
  •      Brest in the early 17th century
  •      The embassy of Siam
  •      The city on the eve of the Revolution.

2nd floor
Jim Sevellec models offer a walk through the streets and picturesque squares of Brest of old, with a preference for neighborhood recovery: Market Tour, visiting Napoleon III in 1858, Pouliquen market 1910 bar Aviation in 1934, the Borda street in 1925, Siam Street in 1918, etc.

All these dioramas are real photographs taken on the spot. Nothing is missing or sailors on a spree, nor the American soldiers of the First World War down the street of Siam, or umbrellas. This emotional journey in the history of Brest perhaps understand why Brestois are so strongly attached to their city before the bombs, all these houses' roofs perched playing "on the street of Siam" you will not wide nor right nor well paved or very clean ... torrent rushing down the campaign is not seen towards the ocean we do not see more "...
Lots of photographs, old maps of the city and the galleys, engravings, old Brest songs and a collection of arms complete this extraordinary museum alive.

Enjoy a visit to the Tanguy tower to immerse yourself in the history of Brest and admire, coming out of the tower, the panorama spread at the foot of the site: the Castle, Penfeld ... then wider, once passed under the bridge Recouvrance emerge, at hand, the iconic outline of the Capuchins.

Practical information:
Museum Tour Tanguy
Square Pierre Peron (district Recouvrance)
Opening hours:
  •      October to May: Wednesday and Thursday, from 2pm to 5pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm to 6pm
  •      June-September: daily from 10am to 12pm and from 2pm to 7pm
  •      during school holidays (zone A) Fall, Winter, Spring: daily from 2pm to 6pm
  •      closed January 1, May 1 and December 25.

Groups: essential to the authority of the City Heritage booking
+33 2 98 00 87 93
Guided tours: contact the Office of Tourism,
+33 2 98 44 24 96

Free admission