Chateau de Comper - Fairy Vivian's Castle
Chateau de Comper, the chateau of the Fairy Vivian
The Chateau de Comper is nestled in the heart of the Forêt de Brocéliande, the magical forest and setting of the Arthurian Legend.
The name Comper comes the Breton kemper meaning confluence, hence its name, as the large manor house overlooks the confluence of four lakes.
Legend has it that Comper is the birthplace of the Fairy Vivian, the Water Nymph and Lady of the Lake of the Arthurian legend.
Merlin the Wizard built her a castle of crystal, where she lived and raised Lancelot of the Lake, the gallant Knight of the Round Table.
Locals believed that the Lac de Diane, the lake located at the rear the Chateau de Comper, was Vivian's castle of crystal.
Chateau de Comper
Many almighty lords fought over the castle over the centuries.
However, they were more interested in its strategic situation than in the legendary site!
Salomon, King of Brittany built the first Chateau de Comper in the 9th century.
Bertrand Duguesclin captured and destroyed it in the 14th century.
The newly rebuilt Chateau de Comper changed hands many time until the 16th century, when the Catholic Duke of Mercoeur acquired it.
Henri IV, the protestant King of France, seized it and pulled it down.
However, the Chateau de Comper was once more rebuilt and once more destroyed during the French Revolution.
Sections of ramparts, the entrance gate and a massive tower are the only original features of the old fortress!
The current building indeed dates from the 19th century and is a listed Historical Monument.
The Chateau de Comper is today home to the Arthurian Centre - 'Centre de l’Imaginaire Arthurien'.
This cultural centre, founded in 1988, focuses on Celtic tradition, and particularly on the Breton and Arthurian Legends.
A compulsory visit!
Discover the other sites in the magical Forêt de Brocéliande:
Tombeau de Merlin, Fontaine de Jouvence, Chêne des Hindrés, Chêne d'Eon or Chêne à Guillotin, Fontaine de Barenton, Jardin aux Moines, Eglise du Graal in Tréhorenteuc, Miroir aux Fées and Arbre d'Or in the Val Sans Retour, Hostié de Viviane or Tombeau des Druides, Tombeau des Géants ou Roche à la Vieille, Abbey of Paimpont, Forges de Paimpont and Pierres Droites
Department of Ille-et-Villaine - Along the D2 between St-Malon-sur-Mel and Concoret
Coordinates: Lat 48.070387 - Long -2.173040