These houses are really unique! In Morlaix, we have 10 of them, raised between the 15th and the 18th century, on the same model. You know what? We can visit the house of the Duchess Ann and the "Lantern house"!
This one dates back to the 16th century, it’s a typical house belonging to a rich linen merchant, a bourgeois, a draper or a ships' owner. They are made of wood, except the ground-floor made of granite.
A lantern? Yes, a kind of inner courtyard with a roof. A courtyard surrounds by rooms lead to a staircase: a staircase completely made of oak wood, whose central pillar is 11 metres high!
Galleries lead to rooms, on 3 floors: we call it pond alez in Breton, "alleys bridges". Those rooms are very narrow and very high, each one with a huge granite chimney.
Outside, the rich owner had to flaunt his wealth on his houses’ façade! So, the decoration is pretty elaborate: here, we notice saints’ statues: do you recognize them?
• saint Hélory, lawyers’ patron saint.
• sainte Barbe with a tower in her hand (she was locked in a tower).
• sainte Catherine of Alexandria, a sword in her hand.
• sainte Jack, wearing a pilgrim's suit with a shell.
We also have a jester with his donkey ears and other little non-initiate characters...