Dinan Off The Beaten Path

  • tour st catherine to port of Dinan
    tour st catherine to port of Dinan
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    Church of Saint Malo
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    viaduc de Dinan

    by gwened Written Mar 8, 2015

    This is a wonderful architecture doing over the river Rance in Dinan, and the way to Rennes. You can go down and walk on it but more impressive from the ramparts of the tour sainte Catherine and look down on it.

    The viaduct is the third path in Dinan, the first two through the old bridge. This monument rises above the level of the channel, provided with ten arches of 16 meteters of opening each. It was inaugurated on September 12, 1852. August 3, 1944, German troops seeking to delay U.S. troops in Lanvallay, destroy the two arches on the side of Dinan. The pavement of 5 meters, lined with two sidewalks of 1 m each, having become insufficient, the girders placed in 1966 on the masonry are the width of the carriageway to 8.25 meters with 1.5 meters of sidewalk on each side. The full granite balustrade is replaced by a metal railing.

    Nice indeed.

    from tour sainte Catherine down on viaduc overlooking from ramparts de Dinan older photo on bottom to viaduc
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    gardens of Dinan

    by gwened Written Mar 8, 2015

    Dinan has two nice small ones, the jardin anglais, sitting behind the Church basilica Saint Sauveur is nice and great views over the ramparts to the viaduc and port harbor below it You to the promenade de la duchesse Anne
    here it was a cementary for the old British colony.

    then you have the jardin Val du Cocherel, by the promeande des petits-Fossés along the ramparts of the castle. open all year as well from 8h to 18h30 and summer months to 19h30. a bit of history from the city tell us that from the beginning of the city until the 19C, the front West of the city was protected by a deep valley that stretched from the current Place Duclos until bottom Bourgneuf. At the bottom of Valley, a small stream called "Cocherel. This Valley is overlooked to a counterscarp landscaped promenade in the 18C (small ditches). From the late 1930s, the upper part of the Valley, between the Place Duclos and the trtou au chat was urbanized. It began to develop the rest of the Valley between the promenade and the Chateaubriand Street. The city bought Ferron Manor and its Park to install the library.

    you descend from the promenade into a quaint view of the park.

    Creation date: 1850 approximately, area: 4 hectares

    Jardin Anglais plaque on cementary of the English colony jardin du val Cocherel going down overlooking jardin du Val Cocherel
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    Hotel de Ville

    by gwened Written Mar 8, 2015

    wonderful building right around the Castle and down from tourist office. It is my favorite spot to come in and park in its underground parking.

    Gorgeous once you go it, we were busy with the nearby party so skip going in but it is gorgeous Inside. Not to mention imposing modern outside.

    It has portraits inside of Broussais, Gervaize, and Chateaubriand. You can see them all leaving the room or salle d’honneur. One of them is the most recognisable and famous portrait of the writer François-René de Chateaubriand. He had it done himself in 1808,by the painter Anne-Louis Girodet, disciple of Jacques-Louis David.

    Very nice stop indeed.

    Hotel de Ville from place Duclos-Pinot hotel de ville up the stairs side rue du marchix
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    Centre d’Interprétation de l’Architecture et du Pa

    by gwened Written Mar 8, 2015

    Centre d’Interprétation de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine , long title for a museum showcasing the history of Dinan and it is right in the tourist office.

    You walk past the reception to your left and you will see the arrows taken you Inside, you make a semi circular walk and come out on the right side of the front desk

    a quick interactive way to know Dinan in détails. Nice for the whole family.

    going in the circuit of theh CIAP wallking into the Center CIAP interactive screen follow the gates and history interactive screen on the ramparts of Dinan follow this sign
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    Maison du Gouverneur

    by gwened Written Mar 8, 2015

    The house of the governor is located at 24 rue du Petit Fort just by the port of Dinan and past the castle.

    This very old house dates from the 15C half-timbered,owned by a hand Weaver, who lived in the first and had his shop on the ground floor shop. It belonged to Mr. de La Bretonnière who was Governor of the city, but not lived it not as being outside the walls. Half-timbered House of wood that stands on two levels and one fills, it has retained its chimney of bricks between the header and the mantle era, feeding a second source of heat.

    It holds cultural events there now,and is a great architecture see must n the city, including it is in a very pleasant area for walks close to the port. Not really on the tourist circuit you have to come down or see from the ramparts better.

    a closer view of the maison du gouverneur house from the porte sainte catherine
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    Chapelle de Sainte Catherine

    by gwened Written Mar 8, 2015

    nice chapel in the old quarters of the city. near church basilica of saint Sauveur. Still Under renovation but open. She is from 1661 to 1665 , and has an inmense historical value.It is at Place Sainte Catherine

    It was built with the convent of the Dominican, the current municipal library. It was then confiscated -by the French Revolution to become a barracks. She then served at the beginning of the 19C as a town hall. And when the convent became the general hospital of the town, until the early 1970s, she became a consecrated Chapel. What it is still today. There is a Mass here every night at 18h30.

    In the 17C, the Dominican Sisters could not be seen by the public. The choir was built to enable them to follow the mass while being hidden from the faithful. There is even a fresco on wood consisting of eleven panels on biblical themes. As the crowning of the Virgin or the sacrifices of Judith and Ester. What is unique is that the ceiling has never been hidden. And more surprising, the fact that when she was a barracks, the revolutionaries themselves were not amused to drawing whiskers characters. It remained the same intact

    a nice find indeed. not much yet in tourism office but it will come once completely done.

    Chapelle Sainte Catherine arriving Chapelle sainte Catherine
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    Church of Saint Malo, exteriors

    by gwened Updated Mar 7, 2015

    Another nice inner old town Church in Dinan. This Church was revisited recently and its better the second time around, the stained glass is wonderful and it is best known for them. I have exteriors here and will have another tip for the interiors.

    flamboyant gothic in style with pinnacles and rooftiles. the choir done in 1491 has 8 pylons imposing and naked in a gallery holding a vault of granite that is 21 meters high. It has a small belltower with a four pan roof all enclosed with four bells, 3 of which are motorised. These are the "Gros-Malo" , "Mélanie-Clémentine" , "Marie-Henriette-Anne" AND the fourth one is not motorised and unnamed. the Grand-Orgue, built in 1889.

    the Catholic parish site in French is here
    http://paroisse-dinan.catholique.fr/Eglise-Saint-Malo-a-Dinan

    Church of Saint Malo entrance to Saint Malo side back chevet of St Malo side back of St Malo church side entrance to St Malo
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    Port de Dinan

    by gwened Written Nov 11, 2014

    a wonderful pleasure boat harbor and cruise ship lovely. many nautical activities and the boaters tech info see map at bottom
    http://www.bretagne-info-nautisme.fr/Dinan.html?lang=fr&retour=back

    the whole area is very quaint,nice,and family walks is great. and this is one ride
    http://www.compagniecorsaire.com/en/destinations/entry-132-dinan-and-the-rance.html

    nice to do many missed. enjoy it

    from ramparts the port of Dinan arriving at harbor cruising! the bridge harbor and see the castle tour st catherine to port of Dinan
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    VISIT DINARD & ST. MALO

    by balhannah Updated Aug 29, 2011

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    Dinard started out as a little fishing village and is now as coastal Resort.

    It is another town, where the "English" come to be beside the seaside. Once again, there a beautiful Villa's & Mansions along the seaside, luxury Hotels, a Casino, plenty of Cafes, plus good beaches and sea-side walks. In Summer, it is very busy with Tourist's.
    A nice area when we were there, as it was the "side" season.

    Also beside the sea is St-Malo. The city has a citadel [old town] and plenty of nice beaches and walks.

    They both are any easy drive from Dinan

    Pretty little harbour One of the nice Beaches
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    Wander around Dinan

    by rexvaughan Updated Mar 6, 2011

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    This ancient cobbled street just arrested my attention due to it aged look and charming old stone houses with the colorful windowboxes. Only after reading a little Dinan guidebook did I learn that it was for about 1000 years the main thoroughfare from the port up the hill to the heart of town. It was in pepetual activity then and saw mingling there the burghers, craftsmen, Mont St. Michel pilgrims, merchants, crusaders headed fot the holy land as well as various soldiers at various times. With the building of a viaduct in the mid 19th C caused it to fall into decay, but we saw evidence of a comeback with roofs being repaired and replaced.

    Busy thoroughfare of the past
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