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Pleyben (Municipality, Finistère, France)


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Flag of Pleyben - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 12 December 2021

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Presentation of Pleyben

Pleyben (Breton, Pleiben; 3,579 inhabitants in 2020; 7,604 ha) is a commune in the Finistère department.

Pleyben owes its name from the Breton "plou" (parish) and the Breton saint Iben. Pleyben certainly has a monastic origin: indeed several localities or villages evoke the relations with the monks and even their establishment.
Pleyben was formed between the 5th and 7th centuries as a primitive parish encompassing the territories of Lannédern, Lennon, Le Cloître-Pleyben, Saint-Ségal, Pont-du-Buis, and the northern part of Châteaulin.
The town grew richer thanks to the prosperity of the cultivation of cereals and livestock, then, from the 16th century, thanks to the fees collected during the four annual fairs authorized by Henri II, to offerings, to foundations and to rents. . The town had 5,600 inhabitants before 1914, but during the 20th century it fell victim to rural exodus.

The arms of Pleyben are blazonned Party per pale, 1. Sable a cow's head cabossed Or, 2. Azure an ear of wheat Or palewise, overall a bend sinister Argent, charged with three ermine spots Sable per bend sinister.

Olivier Touzeau, 12 December 2021

Flag of Pleyben

The flag is white with the logo, adopted in 2011 (photo).

Olivier Touzeau, 12 December 2021