More curiosities of Dinan!!

So I bring you back once again, to tell you again about the wonderful town of Dinan, in the Côtes d’Armor dept 22 of my lovely Bretagne. I took some older pictures from my vault that were not in my blog yet and this is as good a time as any. We have visited Dinan,several times and each time a new adventure with pics for the memories unfold. We go always by car of course. Let me tell you about more curiosities of Dinan for all!

You can admire the wonderful statue on Jehan III (or IV) de Beaumanoir, was a Marshal of Bretagne/Brittany. Knighted in 1342, Marshal of Brittany for Charles de Blois, This statue is at Place Duclos, He was a friend and comrade-in-arms of Duguesclin. During the War of the Succession of Brittany (1341-1365), he warmly embraced the cause of Duke Charles of Blois (who lost the war see post) against Jean de Montfort, who disputed with him the possession of Brittany and was one of the most distinguished heroes in the Battle of La Roche-Derrien in 1347. Charged as captain of the defense of the castle of Josselin, he sent a challenge to the English governor of Ploërmel from which the battle of the Thirty, fought on March 26, 1351 by 30 Bretons against 30 English from which he emerged seriously wounded. In 1354, he went to England to negotiate the release of Charles de Blois and attended, in 1364, the Battle of Auray where he was taken prisoner. In 1365, he was one of the negotiators of the Treaty of Guérande, and the peace made, is confirmed by his title of Marshal of Brittany. He is buried in the abbey of Saint-Magloire de Léhon (Côtes d’Armor dept 22).

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Located in the historic heart of the medieval city, the Halles de Dinan called “la Cohue”, It is accessed by different entrances: rue de la Ferronnerie, rue de la Mittrie and Place du Petit Pain . The 245 m² commercial space, which was completely renovated in 2009, remains little known. Sometimes even to locals ! This is now in concertation to do improvement for the visibility of the market Cohue and decision expected any time now, Hope it stays and can get improvement done as needed.

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The Pharmacie des Arcades at 4, rue de L’Apport at the corner of rue de L’Apport and rue de l’Horloge, This is undoubtedly one of the oldest houses in Dinan, or even in Brittany, and in all surely the most photographed in the historic city center. But modern times are tilting and the five pharmacies in city center/ downtown Dinan have been merged since 2020 to become one. Indeed, the Place Duclos pharmacy, which is the most strategic square in this medieval town, is the one hosting this merger , The Place Duclos pharmacy has a surface area of more than 200 m², The former house of the pharmacie des Arcades was on sale last I heard.

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The Porte Saint-Louis gate at 14 Rue du Château is the youngest of the city gates, the date of 1620 can be read on its exterior face. On the interior side appears at the top the gate ,there was a guardhouse demolished in 1791. It was in ruins and each hurricane carried away flights of slates and structural parts. A concrete platform has replaced the small house. Another guardhouse occupied, at the foot, the site of the house on the right, near the niche made in the wall where perhaps the lantern for the rounds was placed. we find at the entrance a statuette of the Virgin in its niche, it is the continuation of a tradition which put the gates of the cities under the protection of Heavens. Given the date of construction of the Porte Saint-Louis, the dangers of a siege seemed past or henceforth unlikely. The gate then waited for its drawbridge until the end of the 17C. Access to the city from the route de Rennes having become impossible following the construction of the towers of Penthièvre and Coëtquen (15C) and the closing of the Porte du Guichet (end 16C). The Porte Saint-Louis was built in 1620 and restored in 1929. It is still open for vehicular trafic and we tried it of course, superbe !

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The city of Dinan on the market Cohue : https://www.dinan.fr/80/les-halles-dinan-la-cohue

The city of Dinan and its history : https://www.dinan.fr/34/histoire-dinan

The Dinan Cap Fréhel tourist office on Dinan: https://www.dinan-capfrehel.com/en/our-destination/not-to-be-missed-any-circumstances/dinan-unmissable-medieval-city-brittany/

There you go folks, another dandy in my lovely Bretagne, this time north of me in the Côtes d’Armor dept 22 and delightful Dinan. Hope you enjoy more curiosities of Dinan and do come on in, worth the detour me think.

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

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