|Seven Saints of Brittany|
He became the first bishop of Léon and was one of the seven founder saints of Brittany along with: Saint Tudwal at Tréguier, Saint Brioc at Saint-Brieuc, Saint Malo at Saint-Malo, Saint Samson at Dol-de-Bretagne, Saint Patern at Vannes and Saint Corentin whose shrine is at Quimper. The seven saints and their shrines form the basis of the medieval Tro-Breizh, 'Tour of Brittany', pilgrimage.
|Route of the TROBREIZH pilgrimage|
After ordination Pol was invited by Marc'h, king of Tintagel in Cornwall, to preach to his people. He did this successfully for a while but he yearned for the life of a hermit and decided to leave for Brittany. He asked the king for a bell as a gift. The king, angered at Pol's decision to go, refused.
|Saint Pol's bell, St Pol de Leon Cathedral|
Bells were sacred symbols carried by saints and came to represent their miraculous powers. Dragons, on the other hand, were symbols of pagan and Druidical superstitions.
The chief priest of Batz decided to make him the bishop of the region and Pol settled on the mainland where he restored the old fortress of Kastell Leon, now the site of the cathedral.
|St. Pol de Leon Cathedral|
According to legend, St Pol died in 575 at the age of 140 years. As one of Brittany's most important saints his name can be found in hundreds of different place names across Brittany: Saint-Pol, Paule, Lamballe, Mespaul and the various Lampauls.