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The Resurgence of the Château de Suscinio, a Medieval Gem in Brittany

Published on , by Valentin Grivet

After extensive restoration work, the Château de Suscinio is back to its former glory, and now boasts a new exhibition design. Located on the Rhuys peninsula, this medieval fortress was one of the favorite residences of the Dukes of Brittany until the end of the 15th century.

© Domaine de Suscinio The Resurgence of the Château de Suscinio, a Medieval Gem in Brittany

© Domaine de Suscinio

The imposing edifice is situated in an enchanting setting between ponds, meadows and marshes, separated from the sea by sand dunes. For half a century, archaeological excavations and restorations have gradually led to a better understanding of the castle’s history, which is still shrouded in mystery, starting with its name. There are various hypotheses, but no document explains its origin. "It could be a francization of a Breton surname dating back to the 16th century that many historians and writers have translated to ‘Soucy-ny-ot’—'sans souci’, or ‘carefee’ in English. Linguist Jean-Marie Plonéis believes the toponym is the juxtaposition of a Roman prefix and a Celtic root meaning "over the marshes". Lastly, "Suscinio" could be the plural form of souchen , derived from a Breton word in the Vannes dialect meaning ‘stump’ or ‘trunk’, supplemented by a plural suffix indicating a covered place," says Karine Vincent, medieval archaeologist and project manager for the Morbihan department. The Dukes of Brittany’s Fortress The history of the chateau and the Duchy of Brittany are intertwined.…
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