Global Treasures DINAN France
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Dinan is a small enchanting French town on the banks of the River Rance and is one of the most beautiful and well preserved medieval towns in Brittany.
Today, cobbled lanes and several half-timbered buildings highlight the town’s colorful history and in 1066, many of Dinan''s inhabitants took part in the Norman Conquest and the Hundred Years'' War also left its traces here. However, despite its battles and sieges, the picturesque old town has survived to the present day and has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Brittany.
The town''s defenses were constructed in the 14th century. A circular wall, two and a half kilometres long, protected the inhabitants of Dinan from hostile attack.
Due to its well planned defenses, the town remained untouched and even today, it’s like stepping back into the Middle Ages.
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