Roi Morvan was a Breton chief during the 9th century and is renowned for being the first king of unified Brittany. His castle has long disappeared but was probably located on Minez Morvan, a hill in Langonnet. Many great Breton families lived and left their mark on the area : the Rohan family in the character village of Guémené-sur-Scorff, the Bouteville, Goulaine families and the Barons du Fresnay at Le Faouët. In fact, this splendid village houses several architectural gems of the area.
In its main square stands a majestic 16th century covered market covering 1,000m² ground space. The wonderful oak and pine woodwork is topped with a huge slate roof surmounted by an octagonal onion dome. Twice a month, a market is held here where a myriad of local products can be seen ! Clinging to the side of a lush ravine, the Chapel of Sainte-Barbe keeps vigil over the Valley of the River Ellé. A monumental double flight of steps dating from the 18th century lead to this amazing, early 16th century architectural achievement. It is in flamboyant Gothic style and decorated with gargoyles, stained-glass windows and votive offerings. A path leads down to the well where according to legend young women looking for a husband used to throw pins. The bell in the bell-tower next to the caretaker’s cottage can be rung by anyone. 1km from the centre of Le Faouët, another flamboyant Gothic style chapel, Saint-Fiacre, is famous for its wonderful rood screen in coloured wood, one of the oldest in Brittany.
Have you heard of Marion du Faouët ? Another local celebrity, she was our ""Robin Hood""! During the reign of Louis XV, Marie Tromel, her real name, robbed farmers and merchants with her band of brigands and gave part of her loot to the poor at a time when famine was raging in Brittany.
In the 19th century, many artists were enchanted by this corner of Brittany and immortalised fairs, markets and scenes from everyday life. The Musée du Faouët, opened at the end of the 1980s in a former 17th century Ursuline convent, has a superb collection of over 400 works dating from this period.