Abbaye de Bon Repos

Landmarks and Historic Buildings

Legend has it that Viscount Alain III of Rohan founded the Abbaye de Bon Repos in the 12th century after the Virgin Mary appeared to him in a dream. Formerly the home of Cistercian monks, the abbey fell into ruin until, in 1986, it was rescued by a group of enthusiasts. The main building of the abbey is a hollow shell but other parts of the abbey have since been restored. These restored sections are now filled with contemporary art and the abbey has artists in residence, as well as guest artists, and encourages art in the local community.

A local farmers' market is held every Sunday morning at the abbey from April to November, and visitors in August can enjoy a spectacular sound and light show. There is also a crêperie, cafe and restaurant, as well as an herbarium and a shop selling minerals and jewellery.

Places to visit nearby

Pontivy in Brittany is a charming market town on the River Blavet, and the Nantes to Brest canal, that has medieval roots and became one of Napoleon's 'new towns' in the 19th century.

Huelgoat in Brittany is a secluded village, nestled in the Monts d'Arrée, that is home to the magical Forêt d'Huelgoat where unusual rock formations and fascinating myths and legends abound.

Pont-Aven in Brittany is a picturesque mill town best known for its association with the painter Paul Gauguin.

Nearby attractions

The Château des Rohan is Pontivy's most famous landmark and was the seat of one of Brittany's most powerful families.

Here you can visit a traditional Breton village and discover life as it was in the 19th century. 

This modern zoo prides itself on the conservation of the vegetation as well as the animals in its care.