Center of Roscoff from Sainte Barbe chapel
|• Mayor (2014–2020)||Joseph Séïté|
|Area1||6.19 km2 (2.39 sq mi)|
|• Density||590/km2 (1,500/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||29239 / 29680|
|Elevation||0–58 m (0–190 ft)
(avg. 6 m or 20 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.
Roscoff is renowned for its picturesque architecture, labeled « Petite cité de caractère de Bretagne (small town of character) » since 2009. Roscoff is also a traditional departure point for Onion Johnnies.
After lobbying by local economic leaders headed by Alexis Gourvennec, the French Government agreed in 1968 to provide a deep water port at Roscoff. Existing ferry operators were reluctant to take on the relatively long Plymouth/Roscoff crossing, so Gourvennec and colleagues founded Brittany Ferries. Since the early 1970s, Roscoff has been developed as a ferry port for the transport of Breton agricultural produce, and for car-based tourism. Brittany Ferries and Irish Ferries link Roscoff with both Ireland and the United Kingdom.
- Roscoff parish church Our Lady of Croaz Batz (Notre Dame de Croaz Batz): Renaissance and Gothic church from the 16th century
- The house known as "that of Mary, Queen of Scots"
- The Station Biologique de Roscoff, a research laboratory in oceanography and marine biology.
- The Jardin Exotique de Roscoff
Inhabitants of Roscoff are called in French Roscovites.
The municipality launched a linguistic plan through Ya d'ar brezhoneg on 14 November 2008.
In 2008, 18.44% of primary-school children attended bilingual schools.
- In 1375, the harbour was destroyed by the Earl of Arundel. It would later be rebuilt at its current location, at Kroas Batz.
- From 1522 to 1545–1550, construction the Church of Our Lady of Kroas Batz (see Monuments above).
- In 1548, the six-year-old Mary, Queen of Scots, having been betrothed to the Dauphin François, disembarks at Roscoff.
- In 1790, Roscoff was raised to independent commune. Until this time, the town had effectively depended on Saint-Pol-de-Léon.
- The illustrator Henry Gerbault and his wife moved to Roscoff in 1919 and lived there the rest of their lives.
Twin towns – Sister cities
Roscoff is twinned with:
The Renaissance spire (1576) of Roscoff parish church Our Lady of Croaz Batz
Alexandre Dumas's house during the summer 1869.
- City of Roscoff: Roscoff awarded "Petite cité de caractère de Bretagne" (small town of character) (in French)
- (French) Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Enseignement bilingue
- "British towns twinned with French towns". Archant Community Media Ltd. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
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- The commune's website
- Tourism office
- Daily life in Roscoff
- Jardin exotique de Roscoff (Roscoff exotic garden) (French)
- Cultural Heritage (French)
- The Perharidy point diving centre's official website
- Bernard Beaulien Painter (French)
- Tripping diary (English)
- Station Biologique de Roscoff (English), (French)
- Brittany Ferries (English), (French), (German), (Spanish)
- Port of Roscoff (English), (French)