If, at the beginning of the Middle Ages, the purpose of castles was above all to ensure the protection of their occupants and, if necessary, of the population who could take refuge there, their function have evolved with the arts of war until making them abandon their military defensive character. No longer able to face the power of the guns, they have gradually preserved, through their architecture, only the affirmation of the authority and prestige of the lord of the place. When we carefully observe these buildings, the different stages of this evolution become clear.
But most of the castles and manors in the region of Leon are still inhabited. Few of these, and this is understandable, are opened to visitors. In the Iroise country, as everywhere else, there is a quantity of exceptional buildings which it is useless to point out to the public because the latter cannot access them. Of course, we can regret this state of affairs, but it is also on this condition that the owners undertake to maintain and preserve them. Everyone must respect their choice.
However, during certain events or during heritage weekends, it happens that castles and mansions closed to the public the rest of the year finally open to visitors. From then on, these buildings can be indicated on this site, this exceptional opening being obligatorily mentioned.