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JosselinAn impressive castle and a miraculous statue

Josselin

The majestic castle towers are reflected in the Oust. Owned by the Rohans, one of the oldest families in Brittany, the castle is the symbol of this pretty town. Plan half a day to explore the charming little streets of this Small Town of Character and visit its basilica.

An impressive castle and a miraculous statue

An impressive castle and a miraculous statue

On the banks of the Oust, Josselin is an important stage on the Route des Ducs. The history of the town is closely linked to that of its castle which overlooks it. In flamboyant Gothic style, it provides an interesting testimony to feudal and Renaissance architecture. Founded in the early 11th century, it is still today lived in by the descendants of the founders, the Rohan family. Take time to stroll around its gardens. They were designed by Achille Duchesne, landscape gardener, who also worked at Vaux-le-Vicomte.

A medieval village

Perfectly restored in 2006, the Sainte-Croix district is as old as the castle. Built around the charming chapel with the same name, it contains fine examples of half-timbered houses.

Along the Oust

Learn while having fun; that’s the aim of the “Au fil de l’eau (On the water)” circuit. Fun and educational at once, this route highlights the Oust river, the natural areas and their biodiversity. It’s an original way to discover the local fauna, flora and history. Audio modules play funny stories, such as the one about the washerwomen, between hard work and gossip…

Did you know?

A miraculous statue

Tradition says that a 9th-century farmer found a statue of the Virgin Mary in a coppice, which restored sight to his blind daughter. A sanctuary commemorating the miracle, Notre-Dame-du-Roncier basilica in Josselin, soon became a pilgrimage site for sick people seeking to be cured. The statue was destroyed during the Revolution and replaced with a modern piece of work.

What shouldn’t you miss?

  • The old town
  • The Rohan castle
  • Notre-Dame-du-Roncier basilica
  • The chapel of the old Sainte-Croix priory (11th and 13th centuries)
  • The 1538 house with caryatids and sculpted beams featuring hunting subjects
  • The locks, the lock keeper’s house, the mill and the weir

Guided tours

  • Theatrical tours (summer)
  •  Guided tour for groups
  •  Interpretation circuit

Information & bookings

Josselin Tourist Office


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