La Roche-Bernard

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La Roche-Bernard
Ar Roc'h-Bernez
A street of La Roche-Bernard
A street of La Roche-Bernard
La Roche-Bernard is located in France
La Roche-Bernard
La Roche-Bernard
Coordinates: 47°31′08″N 2°17′51″W / 47.5189°N 2.2975°W / 47.5189; -2.2975Coordinates: 47°31′08″N 2°17′51″W / 47.5189°N 2.2975°W / 47.5189; -2.2975
Country France
Region Brittany
Department Morbihan
Arrondissement Vannes
Canton La Roche-Bernard
Intercommunality La Roche-Bernard
Government
 • Mayor (2008—2014) Daniel Bourzeix
Area
 • Land1 0.43 km2 (0.17 sq mi)
Population (1999)
 • Population2 796
 • Population2 density 1,900/km2 (4,800/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 56195 / 56130
Elevation 0–58 m (0–190 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

La Roche-Bernard (Breton: Ar Roc'h-Bernez) is a commune in the Morbihan department of Brittany in north-western France. Inhabitants of La Roche-Bernard are called in French Rochois for men and Rochoises for women.

Forming a part of Petites cités de caractère', a quality label, the town is known for its marina along the waterfront of the river named La Vilaine and also for its old area.

Geography[edit]

The town is located on the south part of Morbihan in Brittany.

History[edit]

Antiquity[edit]

Middle Ages[edit]

The town was founded in 919 by a Viking chief named Bern-hart. He understood the interest of this strategic defensive place and he decided to fortify the area and settle here. His successors swore allegiance to the duke of Brittany.

During the 1341-1365 War of Succession, the baron decided to help Charles de Blois but at the end of the war, and after Charles de Blois's death, Jean de Montfort decided to destroy his castle.

Modern Times[edit]

In the 19th century, the town become an important dock with an apogee between 1880-1890 but the economic activity decreased quickly with the development of railway.

Today, La Roche-Bernard is a thriving yachting port with over five hundred private pleasure craft.

Heritage[edit]

The Old Area[edit]

  • Maritim museum of Vilaine river
  • The house of Cannon (Town Hall)
  • Notre-Dame Church
  • Bouffay Piazza
  • Quenelle Street
  • Saulnerie Street

Natural sites[edit]

  • La Vilaine river
  • The Rock
  • Garennes Garden

Bridges[edit]

  • The old bridge of La Roche-Bernard
  • The Bridge of La Roche-Bernard
  • The Bridge of Morbihan

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