Josselin Castle is one of the highlights of the ride from Roscoff to Nantes along the Canal and the Veldyssey. Here is a brief history of the castle.
Josselin Castle’s story began 1000 years ago in 1008 :
Guéthenoc, son of the Count of Rennes built a stockade
on a rocky promontory dominating the valley of the river Oust.
Goscelinus, his son, gave the name to the castle and to the people
and village gathering around this impressive stronghold .
Josselin was born.
Olivier de Clisson acquired the castle in 1370
and died there in 1407.
You can find his tomb and his wife’s, Marguerite,
in the Basilica,Notre Dame du Roncier,
50 metres from the castle gates.
The Castle knew several periods, a major one
in the Renaissance period :
At the end of the 15th century, the castle underwent
a second transformation.
De Clisson’s descendants, the Duke Alain IX of Rohan, and his
son, Duke Jean II,
added the magnificent flamboyant Gothic style façade
The richly-decorated, carved granite façade creates an
to the solid medival towers surrounding the fortress.
The family De ROHAN still occupies the Castle nowadays.
In the heart of the village still subsist 16th and 18th century houses.
The lockmasters houses along the canal
The River Oust is now a canal running
from Nantes to Brest through Brittany,
that you can follow by bike
on the largest marked cycling trail
in France, the Velodyssey.