Chateau de Comper, the chateau of the Fairy Vivian

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Chateau de Comper

The Chateau de Comper is nestled in the heart of the Forêt de Brocéliande, the magical forest and setting of the Arthurian Legend.

The Chateau de Comper is a large manor house that overlooks the confluence of four lakes.

The name Comper comes the Breton kemper meaning confluence.

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

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Entrance gate in the rampart

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.

Raoul de Gaël-Monfort, who fought alongside William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hasting in 1066, seized it.

Bertrand Duguesclin captured and destroyed it in the 14th century.

The newly rebuilt Chateau de Comper then changed hands many time until the 16th century when the Catholic Duke of Mercoeur acquired it.

Then 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.

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Rampart and entrance gate

Sections of ramparts, the entrance gate and a massive tower are the only original features of the old fortress!

Indeed, the current building dates from the 19th century.

It is a listed Historical Monument.

The Chateau de Comper is 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 of the magical Forêt de Brocéliande

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 or Roche à la Vieille, Abbey of Paimpont, Forges de Paimpont, Prieuré St-Etienne and Pierres Droites

Directions: You’ll find the Chateau along the D2 between St-Malon-sur-Mel and Concoret.

Coordinates: Lat 48.070387 – Long -2.173040