Fort La Latte!!!

And to finish my road warrior tour of the Côtes d’Armor dept 22 of my beautiful Bretagne I take you to a wonderful castle fort. This believe or not is my first time here as we have so much to see and I am catching up! The road D34 is a wonderful trip to take and you can see my post on it before.

For now let me tell you a bit on the Fort La Latte at Plévenon!

The Fort La Latte, or Château de la Roche Goyon, is a fortified castle located on the pointe de la Latte, near Cap Fréhel in the Côtes-d’Armor department 22 in the town of Plévenon in the bay of Saint-Malo. The castle was built in the 14C by the lord of Matignon, Étienne III Goüyon.

fort latte arriving oct20

Construction of the castle began in the 1340’s, its keep dates from 1365-1370. In 1379, following the return from exile of the Duke of Brittany Jean IV, the castle was besieged by Bertrand Du Guesclin. The castle was attacked and taken a second time in 1597 during the Wars of Religion, this attack by the Catholic League against the occupants loyal to Henry IV marked a time of abandonment of the castle which was partially burnt down. It was not until the 18C, under king Louis XIV, that the castle regained its strategic interest and was bastioned. From 1892 it was sold to various private owners before being bought by a passionate Frédéric Joüon Des Longrais in 1931 who undertook extensive restoration work. Electricity did not arrive at the castle until 2001. Albert II prince of Monaco pays a private visit to the castle, July 5, 2012 in the footsteps of his ancestors the Goyon Matignon.

fort latte entr trail oct20

The Fort La Latte has two towers, one opening onto the barbican, the other onto the courtyard of the castle; each has its own drawbridge. In the courtyard, there is a water cistern, a chapel, the various defensive means in particular the locations of the gun batteries, and of course the keep. On the way leading to the castle, one can observe a small standing menhir which according to legend would be Gargantua’s “tooth” or “finger”. In front of this first tower, there is also a ram and a pillory. The barbican is decorated with a small medieval garden. A tinker, a kind of catapult, as well as a panorama of the bay of St Malo are also present.   The courtyard is home to many amenities, such as the cistern, the chapel built under king Louis XIV, the governor’s home and the keep. Completely backfilled in the 17C to use cannons, the original medieval soil is up to eight meters deep below the current soil. The water tank cistern has a capacity of 20,000 Liters, was to be able to serve the entire garrison. There were eight guns under king Louis XIV. The larger ones had a shaft eight meters long. Fort La Latte also has a ball oven which used to heat the cannon balls red. The keep is equipped with machicolations and several types of loopholes: crossbow-shaped crossbows for crossbow shooting and very elongated single-slit archers for archery. Holes for shooting arquebus or smaller holes located on each side of the loopholes and bombard or larger holes. A line of bombardment is visible at the level of these loopholes and corresponds to the capture of the castle in the 16C which was accompanied by a cannonade of the keep.

fort latte entrance oct20

fort latte tower oct20

The tourist office of Dinan Cap Fréhel has more on the Fort La Latte in English: https://www.dinan-capfrehel.com/en/our-destination/not-to-be-missed-any-circumstances/fort-latte-impressive-fortress/

The tourist office of Brittany on Cap Fréhel and Fort La Latte in English: https://www.brittanytourism.com/destinations/the-10-destinations/cap-frehel-saint-malo-mont-saint-michel-bay/cap-frehel-and-fort-la-latte/

Official Fort La Latte webpage in French: https://www.lefortlalatte.com/

Hope you enjoy this marvel of architecture and history at Fort La Latte in Plévenon, Côtes d’Armor dept 22 of my lovely Bretagne. Another spot on my map and worth the detour indeed. We will be back for more.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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4 Comments to “Fort La Latte!!!”

  1. Looks a bit flimsy to me. Not like an English castle!

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