France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Josselin, Bretagne, France
This tiny town on the River Oust is best known for its château and romantic history.




Josselin, with fewer than 3000 inhabitants, is a quiet town with a long history. Its famous château has been razed and rebuilt several times. Since the 15th century it has been owned by the Rohan family, who still reside there.

Château de Josselin, Brittany, France

Guided tours are offered in season, allowing the visitor to see the interior of the château as well as its ornate inner façade, which is in sharp contrast to the fortress-like view from the river, the view presented to enemies. Carvings of animals and other designs, as well as stylized letters for the Rohan motto A Plus, make for an interesting façade.

Nearby is the Musée des Poupées, or Doll Museum, with over 500 dolls from the Rohan collection. A combined ticket with the château offers a discounted fee.

In the center of the village is the beautiful church, Basilique Notre-Dame du Roncier, or Our Lady of the Brambles. Legend has it that a farmer found a statue of the Virgen in a bramble bush on this spot in 808. It became a site of pilgrimage, and the legend further says that the farmer's daughter was cured of her blindness.

The church is Gothic, with wonderful gargoyles.

It is also possible to climb the Tower, for beautiful views of the Château de Josselin and the surrounding countryside.

Josselin sits in the middle of the Morbihan department, and the area offers many outdoor activities. Josselin is a bit off the beaten path, but only 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of Rennes.

For those interested in the King Arthur legend, it's also just 55 kilometers (34 miles) west of the legendary forest of Brocéliande, said to contain the tomb of Merlin the Magician.

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Rohan motto, Josselin Château, Brittany, France

Above, Ornate carving on Château de Josselin, with A PLUS, the Rohan motto.

Below, Gargoyle on the Basilica of Our Lady of Brambles, Josselin, France.


Gargoyle, Our Lady of Brambles, Josselin, France

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