Cathedral St Paul Aurelian

St Pol de Léon
Brittany
Attractions and places of interest
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

The Cathedral St Paul Aurelian is one of St Pol de Léon's most famous landmarks. Built between the 13th and 16th centuries, the cathedral houses many interesting relics including the Paul Aurélien Celtic bell and a Roman sarcophagus. There is also the intriguingly morbid 'les étagères de la nuit' (shelves of night) which are 32 small boxes containing the skulls of those exhumed to make room for the newly deceased in the churchyard, a practice which was commonplace up until the 19th century.

Nearby attractions

The Kreisker chapel has the highest spire in all of Brittany and is a beautiful Romanesque chapel in St Pol de Léon.

Home to 3,500 different plant species from across the southern hemisphere, the Jardin Exotique in Roscoff is a beautiful garden full of winding paths.

The museum of the onion Johnnies tells the story of the Onion Johnnies, who came across from France on their bicycles to sell onions door-to-door in England.

Built in the mid-1500s, the ornate Notre Dame de Croatz Batz with its unusual twin bell tower is an instantly recognisable silhouette against the Roscoff skyline.

Places to visit nearby

St Pol de Léon in Brittany is an historic town known for its religious heritage and the vegetable farming around the town, which made it one of the largest market-garden regions in Europe.

Roscoff is a picturesque fishing village on the North coast of Brittany and is an idyllic introduction to Brittany's rustic charms.

Morlaix in Brittany is a medieval town famous for its 19th century viaduct, charming 16th century half-timber houses and the beautiful Bay of Morlaix.