Dinan Things to Do

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    Always visit the church

    by Beausoleil Written Jun 29, 2015

    One of the lovely things about churches in France is they are not only beautiful but the often contain magnificent art and it's free to look. You can happen into excellent music when there is a group practicing for an upcoming performance, when there's a wedding or if you decide to attend a concert or service.

    Additionally, if it's a very hot day, churches are nearly always a cool haven where you can sit and relax for a few minutes. When it's cold, they get you out of the wind, but they can be pretty bone-chilling inside.

    Don't miss the stained glass windows. They are true treasures and some are centuries old. Amazing. There is also some contemporary stained glass in churches that is wonderful. When the sun is shining, it is a delight.

    Basilique Saint-Sauveur from the Jardin Anglais Basilique Saint-Sauveur Basilique Saint-Sauveur Stained glass window Side Altar
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    Always take a walk

    by Beausoleil Written Jun 29, 2015

    The best way to get to know a new place is to walk around and explore. In Dinan, we parked near Basilique St. Sauveur and then walked away from the church through the pretty Place to the Promenade de la Duchesse Anne where you have fabulous views over the Rance River and the lower town.

    From there we walked back and went through the beautiful church and continued on into the old part of Dinan enjoying all the beautiful half-timbered buildings. There are tourist shops and "real" shops, lots of restaurants and cafes. If it's chilly, stop for a coffee or hot chocolate. If it's warm, a nice glass of wine will be perfect.

    Promenade de la Duchesse Anne Basilique Saint-Sauveur View from the Promenade on the Ramparts Half-timbered buildings Even half-timbered cafes . . .
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    Tour De l Horloge

    by alectrevor Updated May 9, 2015

    The belfry clock tower is in the old town and was built at the end of the 15 th century. You can climb to the top. for 4 Euros, there are 158 steps and a ladder. The clock chimes on the hour and quarters.

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    The port & Rance river

    by himalia11 Updated Mar 9, 2015

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    Dinan has a little port which stretches along the River Rance. You here find again nice old houses and lots of restaurants. From down there you have a nice view on the town wall and the two bridges, the little old one and the high and long new one from the late 19th century. There's also a tow path along the river on which you can enjoy the nature.
    It's possible to rent small boats at the port and I think there are also boat tours. Also you can rent a houseboat from Dinan, there's a base of Le Boat (which rather is just a little hut!). You can go from there to their main base in Messac in one week, which is what we did.

    A bit north of Dinan is the Châtelier lock and there, the maritime section of the Rance starts. The river gets wider and then flows into the sea at Saint-Malo/ Dinard. At Dinan however, the river is flowing very slowly, and officially this is already the Canal d'Ille-et-Rance which was built to connect Saint-Malo with Rennes. The canal starts in Rennes and ends at the Châtelier lock and is pretty nice, with lots of nature – and many locks!

    The base of LeBoat...
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    Chateau de Dinan II

    by gwened Written Mar 8, 2015

    more of this magnificent castle and museum a must to see while in the city. This is the reason to come to Dinan at least one big one. See other tip I

    more in French on the history here
    http://www.dinan.net/chateau-dinan.htm

    It perfectly illustrates the principle of superposition of parts: room on the lower floor, high rooms being reserved for important people. A private chapel communicates with one of the superior rooms. Dinan, town and Castle, was owned by the family of Dinan until the 13C, where the Dukes seized. Jeanne de Penthièvre resided there during the civil war where a famous courteous episode during which, during a siege, Bertrand du Guesclin and Thomas of Canterbury came into contention and indulged in games before the walls of the city

    nice indeed

    Chateau de Dinan entrance to Chateau after bridge moat on right side of castle moat on left side of Castle right side from porte sainte catherine
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    Church of Saint Malo, interiors

    by gwened Written Mar 8, 2015

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    a wonderful Church saw it with more time now and it is a good one. The story in French from the parrish of Dinan
    http://paroisse-dinan.catholique.fr/Eglise-Saint-Malo-a-Dinan
    interesting it has two organs, one the Grand-Orgue, d'Alfred Oldknow, built in 1889, it has marrons wood sculpture in the transept. The second one is from the Polish pianist Henri Kowalski, is in the choir and it is in the chapel left of altar.

    Many of the statutes and furniture were destroyed during the French revolution, but there is still plenty to see Inside. some of which are
    an octagonal font in the 15C carved granite
    The Chair in. wood carved, 18C, from the convent of the Dominicans . The angel who overcomes the has been redone in the 19C
    an altar from the 18C
    two beautiful 14C tombstones from the Priory of Saint-Georges and representative Guillaume Le Voyer, sieur de Tregomar, Chamberlain of the Duke Jean IV and Renée Madeuc, his second wife. These tombstones, granite Kerinan, were donated to the Church in 1923.

    Among the modern furniture there are worth mentioning:
    The high altar due to Hérault, Rennes; opened March 11, 1877 a font supported by satan, good pastiche of the 15C executed by de Guzman and Bouchet in 1864; the buffet of organs in the South Wing of the transept; a statue of saint Malo by Savary; an array of Archenault given by the Emperor in 1869 and representative the victorious Christ; Finally a series of modern glass devoted to the history of Dinan: Translation of the relics of saint Malo, Anne of Brittany, Charles of Blois, Geffroy of Dinan, saint Vincent Ferrier. Finally, the altar of the archconfraternity due to Le Merrer.

    nice indeed

    Altar of Church of Saint Malo the chaire and space to side door grand organ on back with marrons wood paneling small organ by choir inside entrance to ch Saint Malo
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    tour de l'Horloge

    by gwened Written Mar 8, 2015

    the clock tower is symbolic of the town and right on a nice quaint old street in the old section of it.
    For more it has a nice shopping plaza just behind its facade.

    The tower was built in the end of the 15C. It is Jehan Rosnyvinen II, Lord of Vaucouleurs then Governor of the city (1471-1481), who laid the first stone in the Corduennerye Street. Twenty years later, in 1500 the Duchess Anne of Brittany directs his representative, Governor of the city: the vicomte de Rohan, the installation of a presidial and grants by letters patent in 1507 permission to put a clock in the communal Tower, raising it to the rank of belfry, with the installation of a Bell that she is the godmother and Mr de Rohan the godfather. 2,452 kg Bell, receives the name of Anne. Setting it to this day in the year 1906, at which time it will be melted and remade the unchanged with a new name: Duchesse Anne. The Noguette will ring to reunite the City Council until 1880 and for the last great fire that the city knew in 1907. Dinan becomes after Rennes and Fougères, the third city in Brittany to own a belfry. in 1505 it is installed at the same time the Bell. It will be changed in 1657 and stopped in 1847.

    It will remain the seat of the municipality until the French Revolution,The belfry at the top of which one discovers from his circular platform, a panoramic views of the city of Dinan, is open to the public in 1932.

    One simple monument that is a must to see. and now has five bells
    A small Bell dated 1823, melted by 'widow Guillaume Viel", equipped for sound on the fly (flying & yoke), near the clock movement and gives the AR4. She weighs about 170 kg.

    Noguette, the smallest of the four bells installed under the fairing of the tower is a Gothic bell. It gives a very rough G4, has a diameter of 450 mm and weighs about 55 kg. It never rings, because it is fixed and is not tinteur.

    Françoise, the small bell of quarters weighs 121 kg for 590 mm in diameter. It sounds all the quarters, semis, avant-quarts and hours with the big Bell of the quarters. It gives a Fa4.

    Jacqueline, the large Bell of quarters weighs 154 kg for 640 mm in diameter. It sounds all quarters, semis, avant-quarts and hours with the small bell of the quarters. It gives a Mi4.

    Duchess Anne, the Bell of the hours,weighs 2.355 kg for 1,585 mm in diameter. It gives the Do3 with however a very powerful virtual fourth, which gives the impression to hear Do3 and Fa3 simultaneously. It marks a coup every hour.

    arriving on rue de l'horloge to belltower the tall belltower front of tour de l'horloge entrance on tour de l'horloge the belltower can be seen from afar shopping area on tour de l'horloge
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    Chateau de Dinan I

    by gwened Updated Mar 7, 2015

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    a wonderful property to visit with the history of Brittany. The castle was started in 1364. here Anne de Bretagne came to rest after the death of king Charles VIII of France her husband, later she married king Louis XII of France, thus becoming twice Duchess and Queen . She died in 1514, and her body at St Denis , her Heart at Nantes Cathedral in her beloved Brittany. Even if nowdays admin it is not. Thanks to Pétain.

    IT has 2600 meters of ramparts coming out of it and well Worth the visit while in the area. I was passing by but sure needs more time. There is a museum of traditional arts, and pre history to early 20C Inside now.

    see newer post on recent visit in II.

    Chateau de Dinan the castle donjon entrance to donjon of castle promenade des petits fosses the ramparts along the chemin de ronde
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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.

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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.

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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.

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    The ramparts

    by himalia11 Written Feb 15, 2015

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    The old town of Dinan is surrounded by ramparts which were built in the 13th century. They are about 3 km long and well preserved. You can even walk on parts of the town wall and there's a "Circuit des Remparts" that you can follow to discover all the towers and gates.
    We only walked a short part along the town wall, on the "Promenade des Petits Fossés" which goes from the Place Duclos to the Place Saint Louis near the castle. The high town wall with its towers looks pretty impressive from there! And we did walk shortly on the town wall at the Porte du Jerzual, it's an interesting view from there, just follow the signs "Chemin de ronde".

    Saint Louis Gate On the Porte du Jerzual
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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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    Basilique Saint Sauveur ,I

    by gwened Written Nov 11, 2014

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    This is a wonderful Church that was a center of devotion to Notre-Dame-des-Vertus, a statue of which is in the convent of the Cordeliers. It was highly venerated locally and led to the making the church a basilica minor by Pope Pie XII in May 23 1954.
    There was a Church here since 1112AD done by one of the warrior crusader coming back from the Holy Land. The current Church was begun in 1480.

    The stained glass are from the 20C, the organ from 1839, and three bells, Elizabeth, Anne Cécile, and another one unname. the smallest one anne cecile rings today 3 times a day

    The parish Church site in French
    http://www.paroisse-dinan.catholique.fr/Basilique-St-Sauveur

    Basilica of Saint Sauveur porch of St Sauveur altar of St Sauveur chapel at St Sauveur nave of basilica st sauveur
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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.

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