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Rochefort-en-Terre

Rochefort‑en‑Terre

Rochefort-en-Terre, built on the southern flank of a rocky ridge bordered to the north by the Landes de Lanvaux. It is surrounded by the communes of Pluherlin and Malansac. This “Small town of character” is also known for being named “The favorite village of the French” in 2016.

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His origins

The village is endowed in the XIIth century with a castle built on the rocky spur by the lords of Rochefort, which was built on ancient Gallo-Roman fortifications. The town developed from the castle it includes many administrative services and is the seat of a powerful seigniory, as early as the XIIth century, the châtellenie of Rochefort is among the principal seigniories of the Vannetais country.

The oldest known seignior of Rochefort is Thibaud, who lived in 1280. This lordship was erected into a châtellenie in 1304 in favor of Thébaud by Duke Jean I of Brittany. The lordship passed into the hands of the house of Rieux through the marriage of Jean III of Rieux to Jeanne de Rochefort.
After several misadventures such as the Revolution, the castle passed from hand to hand and was destroyed and renovated many times.

It was in 1903 that Alfred Klots became the owner of the castle and invited painters to the city and set up the tourist activities. He had the idea in 1911 to launch a contest throughout the city: that of the “flowered windows“, which over time became that of the “flowered villages

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Our Lady

de la Tronchaye

The church of Notre-Dame-de-la-Tronchaye is a former collegiate church, it is classified as a historical monument by decree of January 22, 1931.

According to a legend, the Church was built on the site where a statue of the Virgin nursing the Child Jesus had been discovered in the 12th century. It is claimed that the statue was hidden in the trunk of a tree two centuries earlier, when the Vikings were attacking the area. A 1927 stained glass window recalls this legend.

 

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In the middle of nature

A city of character

Surrounded by greenery

A walk around the village

Complementing the Rochefort-en-Terre heritage circuit, this walk allows you to see the natural setting of the town, in the undergrowth, by old sunken paths and then along the pond of the Moulin Neuf, site with a privileged natural setting hosting a leisure base (Moulin Neuf Aventure). This circuit can be connected with the circuit of Palis or the Ronde des Grées on Pluherlin.

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