Dinan is a French commune, located in the department of Côtes-d'Armor and region of Brittany.
The town of Dinan is fortified by ramparts. Strategic point for traffic between Normandy and the north coast of Brittany, Dinan is mainly built on a hill. Dominates the city of 75 m Rance which flows north to throw himself in the English Channel between Saint-Malo and Dinard. Dinan proposed long bridge further north across the Rance and its wide estuary.
HISTORY: The region of Dinan has been inhabited since the Neolithic as suggesting the presence of a dolmen in ruins on the outskirts of the city toward Lanvallay.
Statue of Bertrand du Guesclin in Dinan
The history of Dinan is known from the eleventh century, although the site has probably not been occupied since antiquity. It was at that time a city in which enters a Benedictine monastery. One of th
e fragments of the Bayeux tapestry evokes the destruction by William the Conqueror of a wooden palisade.
Motte castrale Dinan, Brittany
Organized around the parish of Saint-Malo and Saint-Sauveur, Dinan half was purchased in 1283 by the Duke of Brittany Jean le Roux. At that time the city acquired the ramparts that he knows. Beaumanoir towers, Vaucouleurs, Saint Julien, Beaufort, the Connétable of Coëtquen, Penthievre, Long and St. Catherine surrounding the old town in clockwise. This walk is still intact on 2 600 m is drilled through the gates of Jerzual, Saint-Malo, Brest, Bank and later to St. Louis (1620). In 1357, during the war of succession of the Duchy of Brittany, Bertrand du Guesclin successfully defending the besieged city by British troops and Brittany loyal to Jean de Montfort. He faces Thomas of Canterbury  in single combat and as the winner. In 1364, after several attempts infructeuses, Duke John IV manages to regain control of the city and built the tower called "the Duchess Anne." The fortifications of the city are upgraded in the second half of the fifteenth century with the addition of several rounds of artillery. The guns do not shoot the governor of the city makes the keys to the representative of the king of France after the Battle of Saint-Aubin du Cormier in 1488. Like all other towns in Brittany, Dinan is permanently attached to the Kingdom of France in August 1532.