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I was in Ploërmel yesterday to see my favourite soccer team, Lorient Football Club, playing a preseason match against Stade Rennais (we won 2-1 !). So I visited the nearby city of Josselin before the game. Josselin is a lovely city in centre of Brittany, on the road from Lorient to Rennes.

Josselin is mostly known for its castel, filed as historical monument from 1928 and which is considered as one of the most beautiful of Brittany. A first castle was probably built there around 1008 by Guéthénoc, viscount of Porhoët, Rohan and Guéméné, on a vantage ground over river Oust. It was destroyed in 1154, then it was rebuilt by Oliver 5th of Clisson around 1370. His great grandson, John 2nd of Rohan, partly changed the castle by building a noble new house which is an early Renaissance architecture example in France. At 18th century the castle was no more inhabited and was used as a prison and a storhouse during French Revolution and First French Empire. In 1822 Caroline, Duchess of Berry, persuaded the then Duke of Rohan, Louis François de Rohan-Chabot, to restore it. The castle still belongs to Rohan family. Today it is a residence of 14th duke of Rohan, senator Josselin of Rohan, who was president of Brittany region from 1992 to 2004. You can visit the courtyard and an few rooms on ground floor.

The photo was token from Sainte-Croix bridge over river Oust. It is the best point of view on this impressive castle.

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