Château des Rohan

Landmarks and Historic Buildings

The Château des Rohan is Pontivy's most famous landmark and was the seat of one of Brittany's most powerful families. Built in the 15th century, the castle is open to the public and retains many original features. The two circular towers at the front and the facade are topped with machicolations, a type of battlement that allowed the castle's defenders to drop objects from the walls. Beseiged in 1488 during the Duchy of Brittany War of Independence and taken by Catholic forces in the Wars of Religion in 1539, the castle has seen battle several times. Today, the scene here is far more peaceful and the castle often hosts art exhibitions throughout the year. 

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.

Located in Morbihan, on the Southern coast of Brittany, the fascinating city of Vannes is an intriguing mix of antiquity and urbanisation

Carnac in Brittany is a small town on the River Crac'h that is most famous for its wealth of pre-historic megalithic monuments, the Carnac Stones.

Nearby attractions

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.

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

Relax by walking around these beautiful sculpted gardens along their 2km of walkways, or take the kids to enjoy the animal enclosure. There is also a sculpture park containing several interesting sculptures amongst the...