Miniac Morvan

At the crossroads of the Roman roads

Miniac Morvan

"Mor wan" means 'seafarers' in Breton

Since Roman times, the town has been located at the crossroads of two major routes connecting Rennes to Alet and Corseul to Dol. These ancient Roman roads, today the D 137 Rennes-Saint-Malo and the D 676 Dol-Dinan intersect at the Vieux Bourg, south of the village.

In the 6th century, people from Great Britain settled in Vieux Bourg and built the castle of Miniac, named after the family of the same name.

Until the beginning of the 20th century, the parish was known as a reservoir of labour for the Newfoundland fishing expeditions.

The Saint-Malo fishing operators would come to recruit their future crews one day a year, known as the Louéé de Mer. The link to the sea doesn't stop there. Until the 19th century, hemp for ropes was grown near the Mare Saint-Coulban and Meleuc. Weavers were very common in Miniac-Morvan and many products destined for the high seas came from their workshops, particularly ropes and sails.

 

A mediaeval town

The town has two ancient mediaeval fortresses. The Château du Bas-Miniac dates from the 12th century, and was completely burned down during the Wars of Religion, with the exception of a tower that flanked the drawbridge. Today the house is an elegant white manor house, in the middle of a green sward, where weddings and receptions are held frequently.

The Château de Gouillon was three-quarters destroyed by a fire in 1916. Built in the local "malouine" style, it houses a colony of bats that find refuge in the eaves during the winter. Three protected species have been identified and are counted annually.

The covered Four-ès-Feins alley, dating from the Neolithic period, has been listed as a historical monument since 1965, and is one of the major heritage interests of the town.

 

The 'Actipole' - economic development

The geographical position of Miniac Morvan at a major crossroads just 20 kilometres from Saint-Malo has made it the ideal place for the establishment of an inter-communal economic development zone, called the "Actipole 1," and studies are underway to implement a new zone "Actipole 2".

The Actipole is one of the few sites in the area that allow the hosting of structured industrial projects in the immediate vicinity of a major road.

 

3,103 hectares - 3,880 inhabitants - Locals known as Miniacois & Miniacoises