Château de Dinan
|• Mayor (2001–present)||René Benoît|
|• Land1||3.98 km2 (1.54 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||2,800/km2 (7,100/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||22050 / 22100|
|Elevation||7–92 m (23–302 ft)|
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
Its geographical setting is exceptional. Instead of nestling on the valley floor like Morlaix, most urban development has been on the hillside, overlooking the river Rance. The area alongside the River Rance is known as the port of Dinan and is connected to the town by the steep streets Rue Jerzual and its continuation outside the walls the Rue de Petit Fort. This river has moderate turbidity and its brownish water is somewhat low in velocity due to the slight gradient of the watercourse; pH levels have been measured at 8.13 within the city of Dinan and electrical conductivity of the waters have tested at 33 micro-siemens per centimetre. In the centre of Dinan the Rance summer flows are typically in the range of 500 cubic feet per second (14 m3/s).
For many years, the bridge over the River Rance at Dinan was the most northerly crossing point on the river, but the tidal power station at the mouth of the estuary, constructed in the 1960s downstream from Dinan, incorporates a 750 metre long tidal barrage which doubles as a crossing point nearer to the sea.
Inhabitants of Dinan are called dinannais and dinannaises.
The medieval town on the hilltop has many fine old buildings, some of which date from the 13th century. The town retains a large section of the city walls, part of which can be walked round.
Major historical attractions include the Jacobins Theatre dating from 1224, the flamboyant Gothic St Malo's Church, the Romanesque St Saviour's Basilica, Duchess Anne's Tower and the Château de Dinan.
A major highlight in the calendar is Dinan's Fête des Remparts. The town is transformed with decoration and many locals dress up in medieval garb for this two-day festival. The festival takes place every other year.
In 2008, 4.97% of primary school children attended bilingual schools.
Dinan was the birthplace of:
- Charles Beslay (1795–1878), member of the Council of the Paris Commune
- Théodore Botrel (1868–1925), poet and singer
Maurice Colbourne (1939-89), Actor
- Yves Guyot (1843–1928), politician and economist
- Myrdhin (1950-), real name Rémi Chauvet, harpist and poet
- Auguste Pavie (1847–1925), explorer and diplomat
- Charles Pinot Duclos (1704–72), author
- Pierre de Porcaro (1904-1945), Catholic priest and prisoner-of-war
- Jean Rochefort (1930-), actor
- Da Silva (1976-), singer
Dinan is also associated with:
- François-René de Chateaubriand (1768-1848), writer, studied in Dinan
- Bertrand du Guesclin (c1320-80), connétable of France. Born at nearby Broons. His heart is buried in Dinan.
- John Everett Millais (1829–96), British painter who lived in Dinan as a child
- Yvonne Jean-Haffen (1895–1993), painter, died in Dinan
- Danielle Mitterrand (1924-2011), wife of President François Mitterrand, educated at the Roger Vercel college
- Colonel Robert Jambon (1924/5-2011), soldier in the First Indochina War, died in Dinan
- Jean-François Paillard (1928-), conductor, educated at the Cordeliers de Dinan
- Henri Pinault (1904–87), Catholic Bishop of Chengdu, educated at the Cordeliers de Dinan
- René Pleven, (1901–93), politician, minister, essayist. The hospital in Dinan is named after him.
- Horace Tuck (1876-1951), English painter, visited Dinan for its picturesque vistas
- Roger Vercel (1894–1957), writer, winner of the Prix Goncourt in 1934, died in Dinan. A college in the town is named after him.
- Edward Matthew Ward (1816–79), English artist who painted views of Dinan
Twin towns – Sister cities
Dinan is twinned with:
- Hogan, C. Michael, Water quality of freshwater bodies in France, Lumina Press, Aberdeen, Scotland(2006)
- (French) Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Enseignement bilingue
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Dinan.|
- (French) Town council website
- Dinan Basilica Image
- (French) French Ministry of Culture list for Dinan