The streets of Josselin!!

Now this is a wonderful medieval town just up from my house and we love it. It has a wonderful castle and dolls museum and of course, plenty written in my blog on them. However, some of the streets are gorgeous way to walk it just for the architecture and history that embrace them. I like to tell you a bit more on the streets of Josselin!!

Josselin is in my beautiful Morbihan department 56,of my lovely Bretagne. It is located between the Rennes/Lorient Expressway  (N24) and the Nantes-Brest Canal on the Oust river. Also, 44 km from Vannes, 73 km from Lorient and 81 km from Rennes, as well as 50 km from my house.

Josselin is a castle town that was established from the 11C. Indeed, at the beginning of the 11C (around 1008), Guéthenoc, younger of the ducal house of Brittany and viscount of Porhoët, left his residence in Château-Tro , and undertook to build a new fortified castle. on a steep rock on the banks of the Oust , riverand near a chapel, the Chapel of Notre-Dame-du-Roncier, on the site where a statue of the Virgin, discovered by a poor plowman two centuries earlier is venerated year 808. For several centuries the town of Josselin will be linked to that of the powerful lordship of the Rohan family. Abandoned in the 18C by the Rohans, the fortress will remain in poor condition until its renovation in the 19C, still live by Josselin Rohan and wife.

The streets of the picturesque little town of Josselin are rich in half-timbered houses from the 16-17C, The census tells us there are 79 houses date from the 16-17C; 36 houses date from the 18C; and 106 houses were built between 1850 and 1930!

A wonderful monument of the rooster, here is the story, In the aftermath of the Great War or WWI, the promenade became a place of memory; the monument to the dead, imagined in 1922 , uses a fairly common type, that of the granite column, here surmounted by a Gallic rooster, not only an allegory of France and the Fatherland, but also a symbol of vigilance, courage and victory. In 1760, the town purchase land in order to make a public promenade. The project, executed in the last quarter of the 18C, includes an avenue of trees leading to the war memorial. One of the rare walks of this type preserved in a small Breton town. The walkway known as the Promenade du Mail, Place de la Resistance along rue Lucien-Briend. The Mail measures approximately 120 meters in length and approximately 30 meters in width. The city’s war memorial occupies the eastern end of it, while its main access is via a staircase located to the west. The space of the Mail is delimited by a closing wall.

Josselin mon mem coq pl de la liberation jan12

Parking Alzey is a dandy at Place d’Alzey. This has a post office ,media library behind the city/town hall not far from the Basilica Notre Dame du Roncier at Place Notre Dame.


The Place Notre Dame where the Basilica Notre-Dame du Roncier (see post) is located, Also, corner of the Place Notre-Dame and rue Olivier-de-Clisson see a half timbered house from the 15C, The Le Guethenoc (see post) our favorite resto is located here too.


The Rue Beaumanoir or road D793 the city has decided every summer to pedestrianize rue Beaumanoir on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 20h to 23h, and Sundays from 13h to 23h, At 4 Rue de Beaumanoir is home to the Association of tourism providers in the Pays de Josselin, Pro travel experts who gets together to bring more ideas and cooperation amongst pros.


The Rue de Trente is a historical spot as well, The name of this street comes from the fight that took place in 1351 between Josselin and Ploërmel. This battle takes place within the framework of the War of Succession between the Montfort supported by the English and the Penthièvre supported by the French. Jean de Beaumanoir, captain of the defense of Josselin castle, won with thirty Franco-Bretons against Richard Bemborough with his thirty Anglo-Bretons. The victor gains control of the territory. Nowdays, the city of Josselin has decided to pedestrianize rue des Trente on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., from July 15 to September 15, 2021, in Summer.  You look up here for 5 rue des Trente, a house dated 1563 with date and V R monogram engraved in a cartouche located on the lower plate; 18C interior distribution and return wing; reworked in the 20C. Front elevation in wood section; posterior elevation, return wing and gable in shale rubble, Also, the No 7, rue des Trente done in 1624, aka Louyo Piechel house, The 34 Rue des Trente house dated between the end of the 15C and the beginning of the 16C. Two-story main building and attic. Half-timbered facade on cantilevered beams forming consoles and connected by molded runners, superbe !


The Rue des Vierges presents old merchant houses dating from the 16C and recently renovated. These witnesses of the half-timbered architecture have a stone ground floor, surmounted by a cantilever in a wooden structure. This architecture will tend to disappear with the generalization of the use of stone in the 17C. It comes alongside the Basilica Notre Dame du Roncier into Place Notre Dame!


The city of Josselin and its heritage

The Broceliande area tourist office on Josselin

The Morbihan dept 56 tourist office on Josselin

There you go folks, another dandy walk in my beautiful Morbihan of my lovely Bretagne. Josselin is nice, quant, worth the detour me think. Hope you enjoy this bit of walks on the wonderful streets of Josselin.

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

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