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    Basilique St-Sauveur

    by sue_stone Written Jul 24, 2006

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    Located on cobbled place St-Sauveur is the attractive Basilique St-Sauveur.

    This church is made up of a range of architectural styles, with its Renaissance chapels, Gothic features and beautiful Romanesque triple-arched doorway.

    It is said that the church is home to the heart of Bertrand du Guesclin, which supposedly rests in a grave slab in the north transept. Bertrand was a knight who defended Dinan against an English siege back in 1357

    We snuck into the church for a look and were the only ones about. It was quiet and peaceful, a perfect place for reflection.

    Address: place St-Sauveur, Dinan

    Basilique St-Sauveur arched doorways inside the church the spire doorway
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    Old Town Ramparts

    by sue_stone Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Dinan is medieval walled city and its walls or ramparts are some of the best preserved in France.

    The ramparts extend for almost 2 miles around the compact old town, including 14 watch-towers and 4 decorative gateways. You can take a walk around much of the walls, which offer fabulous views of the surrounding countryside.

    The tourist office has a brochure (given to us by our hotel) which outlines a walking tour of the ramparts, taking approximately two hours. I do love a good rampart, but unfortunately we did not have time this trip to have more than a brief wander along part of the wall.

    Directions: They surround the old town!

    view from the ramparts walking on the ramparts
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    Jardin Anglais

    by sue_stone Written Jul 24, 2006

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    Located behind the Basilique St-Sauveur is the pretty Jardin Anglais (English Garden).

    This garden was originally a cemetery but is now a pretty park. I particularly liked it as there was an adorable puppy there when we visited!

    The park has city walls (ramparts) running along two sides of it. You can walk to the lovely little Tour Ste-Catherine at the corner of the gardens. This tower offers excellent views down over the port and the viaduct across the Rance Valley.

    Directions: Located behind place St-Sauveur & the Basilique St-Sauveur

    Jardin Anglais Tour Ste-Catherine
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    The Port

    by sue_stone Written Jul 24, 2006

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    The port of Dinan is located in the Rance Valley and was the birthplace of Dinan hundreds of years ago.

    Way back, it was an export and fishing port, with the River Rance connecting it to the sea, 15 miles away. The river has since been canalized, and has locks and a towpath.

    Take a walk down to the port, via rue du Jerzual and rue du Petit Fort. It is a lovely place for a stroll, boat ride or perhaps just an ice cream.

    For those less agile, you can catch the small tourist train down there for a look around…..or perhaps walk down and catch the train back to avoid that steep climb.

    Directions: Below the old town

    The Port The Port The Port walking to the port
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    Dinan Quay

    by rexvaughan Updated Oct 27, 2004

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    The quay or port of Dinan is just down the hill from the old city and is actually the birthplace of Dinan. It is the site of ancient settlements by the ford which has been there since the struggles of the standing stone erectors with Rome and then by Bretons who settled here after the Saxon invasion. In fact they established a priory just upstream from here. It is a quiet and lovely spot on the river, graced by an ancient bridge and a more modern tall one with the boats of locals moored along the shore. This has been a busy port for centuries and saw the export of leather, canvas, wax and honey, timber, and grains to St. Malo and the import of sald, cod, cider, tea, porcelain and spices. What a busy place it must have been.

    Port of Dinan
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    Dinan - St. Saviour's Church

    by rexvaughan Written Oct 28, 2004

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    This church is the result of a vow by a local Crusader, Rivallon le Roux, who vowed that if he survived to return to Dinan, he would pay for the building of a church dedicated to the Holy Trinity, to be named Saint-Saveur. The whole building is remarkable. The entrance is three arches separated by 5 intricately carved colonnettes with a lion and bull above and four statues in the side arches. Inside are about 20 lovely chapels and a 62 foot high chancel flanked by 12 huge pillars supporting a balustraded gallery with about 20 windows overhead. The church was built in 1120 but amended and added to over the centuries climaxing with the completion in the 17th C of the huge belltower. During the French Revolution it became a Temple of the Supreme Being, then a hayloft and finally a church again in 1800. The stained glass inside is colorful but not ancient. It dates from the 1940s.

    St. Saviour's St. Saviour's chancel
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    Dinan is close by

    by rexvaughan Written Oct 27, 2004

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    About 20 miles from St. Malo is the lovely medieval citadel of Dinan. The old city is surrounded by 13th C ramparts and the 14th C castle is surrounded by what was once a moat, protecting it not only from the surrounding coountryside but also the town itself. The old town is the usual maze of narrow streets lined with half-timered houses, many dating from the 15th C. Within the old city what is now a parking lot becomes an open market on Thursdays and these are always fun to stop in. The castle (shown in the photo) is now a city museum. Unfortunately we were there on a Monday, its closing day.

    Address: Rue du Chateau

    Directions: St the extreme southern end of the ramparts overlooking the Rance valley.

    Castle
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    Dinan - the bridges

    by rexvaughan Written Oct 28, 2004

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    Visit the quiet (at least in October) and picturesque Dinan Port or Quay where the town started centuries ago. Here is a contrast of the old and the new. The lower old bridge has what appear to me to be both a Roman and a Gothic arch and a filled in former arch of another shape. The upper bridge is the new one which takes a lot of vehiclular traffic.

    Old and New
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    THE OLD TOWN

    by balhannah Written Aug 30, 2011

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    The old town of Dinan is really lovely. I think what makes it more so, is the River Rance.
    Water, lots of Boats, Old Medieval homes, shops, cafes, this is a lovely area to spend some time. There are boat tours available, they leave from Porte de Dinan quayside and take 2¾ hours.............we didn't do one, not enough time.
    As we were leaving Dinan, heading up a hill in our car, I noticed the beautiful views of the "old town" and had to stop for photo's.
    I think it was the road to Lanvallay.

    Website: http://www.travelfranceonline.com/Brittany/Dinan_the_ramparts.html

    Dinan Dinan Dinan
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    Basilique Ste-Sauveur

    by ranger49 Written Apr 6, 2009

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    This is an impressive looking church with a lovely Romanesque Porch. The Guide book description is intriguing and describes an extraordinarily asymmetrical interior with a Romanesque south side , with flamboyant Gothic in the north side , transept and chancel.
    We have often used the small car park in the little square front of the church at lunchtime - when it has been closed.
    On one occasion seeing the door wide open my grandson, then aged about 6 ran ahead to investigate but quickly came out - to tell us that there was "one of those boxes for dead people with lots of men near it". On another occasion a wedding was about to begin.

    Behind the Church is the Jardin Anglais with spendid oak trees and border and good views from the ramparts over the river.

    In the square there is an ordinary French cafe where we have ejoyed good salads at lunchtime.

    Taken from Jardin Anglais Lunch at the cafe in front of the Chuch The Front of the Church

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    DINAN CHATEAU

    by balhannah Updated Aug 30, 2011

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    Dinan is a medieval town, so it is no wonder that it has a Chateau. The Dinan Chateau, also known as the Tower of Duchesse Anne, was built in the 14th Century, between 1382-1387.
    Dinan, city and castle, were the property of the family of Dinan until XIII century

    In the chapel on the ground floor of the castle keep, there is a collection of holy objects, furniture, and gold and silver ware. Located in the basement ( once the castle kitchen)there is a collection of prehistoric tools. A series of illustrated information boards tell the story of the castle buildings and life in the Middle Ages. These are all in the Chateau museum.
    I loved the stunning views across the walled city of Dinan from the chateau terrace!

    IT IS OPEN ALL DAYS
    Mainly from 10am - 6pm.
    In the winter months, please check with the Tourist Office.

    ADMISSION IS 4.20 euros

    Address: Place du Guesclin, Dinan

    Website: http://www.casteland.com/puk/castle/bretagne/cotesar/dinan/dinan.htm

    Dinan Keep View over Dinan
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    Old town of Dinan

    by himalia11 Written Feb 15, 2015

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    Dinan has a nice old town with lots of narrow streets. The most picturesque streets probably are the "Rue due Jerzual" and the following "Rue du Petit Fort" which goes down to the port and used to be the only street from the port to the town. It's a cobbled street, a bit steep, and there are many lovely half-timbered houses from the 15th century. Today you here find galleries and craft shops. It was really nice to stroll around these streets, although you occasionally got disturbed by cars.

    Porte du Jerzual Porte du Jerzual
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    Château de Dinan

    by himalia11 Written Feb 15, 2015

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    The castle of Dinan consists of a keep which also is called "Tour de la Duchesse Anne". It was built in the 14th century and is part of the town wall. From outside the town wall, you can see an old drawbridge but the castle no longer is accessible from this side. To enter the castle you need to go inside the town, climb up some stairs and then walk over a bridge to the castle entrance.
    The castle used to be prison for quite a while and today it houses a museum (art and history of Dinan). Nearby you'll also find the tourist information.

    Address: Rue du Château

    Directions: Near the Saint Louis Gate, at the south of the old town

    Website: http://www.dinan-tourisme.com/Chateau-musee

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    Church Saint Malo

    by himalia11 Written Feb 15, 2015

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    In the centre of the town you'll find the church Saint Malo. It looked a bit plain, but it has very nice stained glass windows from the early 20th century.
    The construction of the church started in 1490 and took several centuries until it was finished. The transept and choir were built in the 15th century and at the end of the 16th century it still only had a thatched roof. During the French Revolution then the church was plundered, used as grain storage and theatre, and even served as forge for weapons! Since 1803 it's a church again, but major renovations and restorations were necessary.

    Address: Grand Rue

    Website: http://paroisse-dinan.catholique.fr/Eglise-Saint-Malo-a-Dinan

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    Basilica Saint-Sauveur

    by himalia11 Updated Feb 15, 2015

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    The church Saint-Sauveur was built in 12th century and rebuilt and extended during the following centuries. Like the church Saint Malo it was used for other purposes than intended during the French Revolution, like storing hay. However all the art work fortunately could be hidden and didn't get robbed.

    I found the church impressing, full of atmosphere, with nice lightening and stained glass windows. You here also find the tomb with the heart of Bertrand du Guesclin, who was a knight and Constable of France, which made him a very important person in the 14th century.

    Address: Place Saint Sauveur

    Website: http://paroisse-dinan.catholique.fr/Basilique-St-Sauveur

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