Point Penmarc'h

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Phare d'Eckmuhl, at the end of Point Penmarc'h

Point Penmarc'h, often spelled Point Penmarch, or in French Pointe de Penmarc'h, is the extremity of a small peninsula in Finistère department in Brittany in northwestern France,[1] and the northern limit of the Bay of Biscay.

It contains the fortified remains of a town which was of considerable importance from the 14th to the 16th centuries, and included today's commune of Penmarc'h, which covers the harbours of Saint-Guénolé and Kerity. The town owed its prosperity to its cod-banks, the disappearance of which together with the discovery of the Newfoundland cod-banks and the pillage of the place by the bandit La Fontenelle in 1595 contributed to its decline.

The Phare d'Eckmühl, a lighthouse with a light visible for 60 nautical miles (111 kilometers), stands on the point.

See also[edit]


Saint-Guénolé fishing harbour
  1. ^ Merriam-Webster's Geographical Dictionary, Third Edition, p. 915.
  • Merriam-Webster's Geographical Dictionary, Third Edition. Springfield, Massachusetts: Merriam-Webster Incorporated, 1997. ISBN 0-87779-546-0.

Coordinates: 47°48′N 4°22′W / 47.800°N 4.367°W / 47.800; -4.367