Tanguy Tower is a medieval watchtower, most likely built in the mid-14th century during the Breton War of Succession.
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The Bastille of Quilbignon or the Motte Tanguy tower, built in the 14th century on a granite mound, occupies a privileged location on the right bank of the Penfeld, opposite the Château de Brest, at the foot of the Recouvrance bridge.

It was undoubtedly part of a set of fortifications established to protect or prevent, depending on the circumstances, communications between the two shores.

The Tanguy Tower museum houses huge dioramas, works by Jim Sévellec, a Breton painter and ceramist, which are all historical reconstructions and walks through the picturesque streets of Brest before 1939.

On the 1st floor, Jim Sévellec has recreated various significant events and atmospheres of our city such as the last fight of "Marie de la Cordelière" in 1512, the city on the eve of the Revolution or even the castle of Brest at the beginning of the 20th century.

On the 2nd floor, models by Jim Sévellec offer a walk through the picturesque streets and squares of Brest in the past, with a predilection for the Recouvrance district.

The 3rd floor is only accessible during certain events.

Last Updated: 21 January, 2022
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