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La Martyre (Ar Merzer in Breton) is a commune in the Finistère department of Brittany in northwestern France.

La Martyre
Ar Merzher-Salaun
The church in La Martyre
The church in La Martyre
Coat of arms of La Martyre
Coat of arms
La Martyre is located in France
La Martyre
La Martyre
Location within Brittany region
La Martyre is located in Brittany
La Martyre
La Martyre
Coordinates: 48°26′59″N 4°09′29″W / 48.4497°N 4.1581°W / 48.4497; -4.1581Coordinates: 48°26′59″N 4°09′29″W / 48.4497°N 4.1581°W / 48.4497; -4.1581
IntercommunalityPays de Landerneau-Daoulas
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Chantal Soudon
Area118.01 km2 (6.95 sq mi)
Population (2008)2769
 • Density43/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code29144 /29800
Elevation49–191 m (161–627 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.



Inhabitants of La Martyre are called in French Martyriens.


The village of La Martyre has one of the oldest parish palisades (fr), whose construction was undertaken between the 11th and 17th centuries.


The village owes its name to the assassination on 25 June 874 of KingSalomon of Brittany, who had sought refuge in the village church. The church was called "la Martyre" (Ar Merzher, the Martyr) after its desecration, and the name was taken up by the village. As for the king, he was canonised in 910 for his martyrdom and his virtues.

In the Middle Ages, a prestigious tulle fair took place in La Martyre. In the 15th and 16th centuries this fair saw the most activity. Legend has it that the father of William Shakespeare used to frequent these fairs, which no longer take place.

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