Curiosities of Dol de Bretagne !!!

In continuing with my road warrior trips in my lovely Bretagne, I reach again a new town and a new surprise spot which love it. This was the end of our tour and was the most fantastic me think. I will split in 3 posts my visit to Dol de Bretagne. Let me tell you several in my curiosities of Dol de Bretagne; and hope you enjoy it as I.

The town of Dol-de-Bretagne is located in the department 35 of Ille-et-Vilaine, in the region of Brittany/Bretagne. It is located halfway between Saint-Malo and Le Mont-Saint-Michel to the south of Cherrueix and Le Vivier-sur-Mer, towns by the sea. Rennes is 55 km away. It has a well-developed road network, with in particular the RN 176, 4 expressways, which allow you to reach Saint Brieuc or Avranches and which connect the A84, the Autouroute des Estuaires. , There is an SNCF train station, where many TGV and TER transit, ready to take you directly to Paris, Saint Malo or Saint Brieuc. The Rennes airport is located in the town of Saint Jacques de la Lande, and can be reached in about 45 minutes. The Dinard airport is located in the town of Pleurtuit, and can be reached in around 20 minutes. Dol de Bretagne is located on bus line 17 of the illenoo network, the transport network of the General Council of Ille et Vilaine. Fougères, has service of about 3 times a day. The bus stop is next to the post office, boulevard Deminiac. Just for trivia as never used it and do not think ever will but Dol-de-Bretagne train station is on the Rennes to Saint-Malo-Saint-Servan line and the Liason to Lamballe line located in the Gare district, near the city center.. The  SNCF train station, has a passenger building with a counter open every day, it is equipped with vending machines for TER transport tickets and various services, particularly for people with reduced mobility. Car parking is provided nearby. The Dol-de-Bretagne train station is served by TGV Atlantique trains running between Paris-Montparnasse and Saint-Malo, via Rennes. It is also an important station in the TER Bretagne network due to its railway junction situation. The SNCF on the train station:

Dol de Bretagne gare train station front jul22

Dol de Bretagne gare train station entr jul22Just to the side across from Saint-Samson Cathedral (see post) , Le Cathédraloscope is a one-of-a-kind museum. Offering a dive into the time of cathedrals, it pays homage to the work of these mad builders who for years succeeded each other on these extraordinary sites. How was the construction of such buildings made possible? What are the significant technical advances of this period? In what context did the Church, the townspeople and the builders join forces to complete these projects? How to read a stained glass window or decipher a carved decoration? What do these buildings tell us today? So many questions and themes addressed at the Cathedraloscope. Models, films, projections, audio-guides, construction games and exhibition of masterpieces of companions allow visitors to understand the fabulous history of companionship in the time of cathedrals through the new scenography of the Cathedraloscope. The above translated from official site. The official Cathédraloscope museum : 

Dol de Bretagne Cathedral o drome entr jul22

Dol de Bretagne Cathedral o drome wheel jul22

The Carolingian authority of the Francs country (today France) wanted to put pressure on the Bretons in order to dominated it , Later in the 9C ,the French king Louis le Pieux appointed Nominoe one of its chiefs leaders to become the chief of the State of Brittany, as the province was just a French dominion, Nominoe reign over the region for 15 years thanks to his prestige and his rigidity, In 840, Louis le Pieux died, and Nominoe revelas his intention to become the chief of State, King Charles le Chauve , the successor of Louis le Pieux wanted to punished Nominoe and his rebels but was defeated in the battle of Ballon November 22 845, and took flight after abandoning his army;Nominoe so created a unified and independent Brittany ! Soon Nominoe replaced the French bishops with Bretons bishops , and promoted the church of Dol as the religious capital of Brittany, He appointed a bishop to his liking and was annointed king in the church of Dol in 848 and he gave Brittany’s boundaries that are still today, and bishops of Dol kept their priviledges until the French revolution in July 12, 1790, Nominoe died on March 7 851 and is considered by many to be the father of the Breton nation, See his stone statue by the Cathedral.

Dol de Bretagne statue Nomenoe and fountain front of Cathedral St Samson jul22

Dol de Bretagne fountain to cat st samson jul22

The Maen Vag is a granite boat from Lanhélin, from a block of 35 tons, designed by the sculptor Jean-Yves Menez. This sculpture evokes the Celtic legends of Bran, Brandan, Maelduinn, or evangelizers (Samson, Suliac, Maclew, etc.) who would have navigated on stone troughs. The particularity of this granite sculpture is that it floats!! It has been the subject of more than fifteen launches, with passenger. Now the work is exhibited on the forecourt of Saint-Samson Cathedral , where it illustrates the legend of Saint-Samson, who arrived in Dol in the 6C in a “stone trough”.

Dol de Bretagne granite boat front of Cathedral St Samson jul22

Dol de Bretagne granite boat interior front of Cathedral St Samson jul22

Some of the other things to see in Dol de Bretagne are

The menhir of Champ-Dolent (9.30 meters), The house of the Green Cross, with half-timbering from the 16C, whose vaulted cellar from the 13C is called cave de l’Enfer (hell’s cellar), The house of La Guillotière, built in the 15C, the house of Petits Palets, or Plaids, built in the 12C and remodeled in the 17C, The Douves promenade, a public park also called the Jules-Revert promenade from which there is an exceptional panorama of Mont-Dol and the marshes, The Treasury museum, a 16C building, The Cité district located around the cathedral ( rue de la Trésorerie (currently rue des Écoles), rue des Chantres (currently rue des Perrons) and along the northern part of rue Ceinte), Old houses around the cathedral of which ten are in grand’rue des Stuart, twelve rue Le Jamptel, six rue Ceinte, including the manor of the Grand Chantre.

A bit of history I like

Probably founded in Celtic times, Dol-de-Bretagne became one of the first bishoprics in Brittany in the 6C. Saint Samson de Dol, first bishop of the city, is one of the seven founding saints of Brittany (died in Dol around 565). He founded the abbey of Dol and he is the patron of the diocese of which it became the capital in the Carolingian period. The town of Dol-de-Bretagne is a stage in the medieval pilgrimage of the seven saints of mainland Brittany called Tro Breiz (Tour of Brittany). The sovereign of the Bretons, Nominoë, was crowned at Dol in 848. The Bayeux Tapestry, scene 18 to 20, recounts the successive captures of the fortresses of Dol-de-Bretagne, Rennes (where Conan II of Brittany took refuge after fleeing Dol-de-Bretagne) and Dinan (where Conan returned the keys to the city at the end of a spear). In 1076, William the Conqueror launched a new military campaign in Brittany and invested Dol, whose siege was lifted by the host led by the King of the Franks, Philippe I. By the French revolution, the cathedral, seat of the bishopric of Dol abolished in 1790, is sold as national property to a bourgeois who transforms it into stables. From November 20 to 22, 1793, Dol and its surroundings were the scene of a bloody battle between the Vendeans (wars of the west vs French revolution) and the army of General Rossignol. The Vendeans remained masters of the field. In 1924, Dol took the name of Dol-de-Bretagne, On Friday August 4, 1944, Dol-de-Bretagne was liberated by the 330th US Infantry Regiment, of the 83rd Infantry Division.

The city of Dol de Bretagne and its heritage :

The Ille et Vilaine dept 35 tourist office on Dol de Bretagne :

The Mont Saint Michel tourist office on Dol de Bretagne :

The official Petite cités de caractère on Dol de Bretagne :

There you go folks, a dandy beautiful new found town of Dol de Bretagne; several times passed close but finally in it and we will be back, we like it! These are some of the curiosities of Dol de Bretagne you can enjoy there and the best is for last, see post. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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