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Roman ruins
Roman ruins
Corseul is located in France
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Country France
Region Brittany
Department Côtes-d'Armor
Arrondissement Dinan
Canton Plancoët
Intercommunality Plancoët Val d'Arguenon
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Alain Jan
Area1 41.74 km2 (16.12 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 1,975
 • Density 47/km2 (120/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 22048 / 22130
Elevation 13–126 m (43–413 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.

Corseul (Breton: Kersaout, Gallo: Corsoeut) is a commune in the Côtes-d'Armor department of Brittany in northwestern France.

The town was a major Roman town and contains Roman ruins. The town hall contains a small archaeological museum.[1]


Corseul was called Fanum Martis ("Temple of Mars") in Latin and was the capital of the Gallo-Roman province of Coriosolites. It was founded in 10 BC.[2] In the 3rd and 4th centuries, like many other cities, Fanum Martis was renamed for its people, the Curiosolitae. This name change occurred as the Roman Empire weakened and paralleled a revival of the ancient Gallic gods in local religious sculptures and dedicatory inscriptions.[3]

Some 1.5 kilometres to the southeast, at Haut-Bécherel, stand the prominent remains of an extensive Roman temple sanctuary, built at the time of Nero and Vespasian.[4]


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 1,830 —    
1968 1,925 +5.2%
1975 1,955 +1.6%
1982 2,022 +3.4%
1990 1,987 −1.7%
1999 1,977 −0.5%
2008 1,975 −0.1%

Inhabitants of Corseul are called coriosolites or curiosolites in French.

See also


  1. "Official site" (in French). Commune of Corseul. Retrieved 20 December 2009.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. H Kérébel, "Évolution d'un chef-lieu de cité au cours de la première moitié du Ier siècle: Corseul (Fanum Martis), capitale de la cité des Coriosolites" Les villes de la Gaulle lyonnaise, 1996, reports on excavations since 1984; some finds from the site are conserved in the town museum and in the Musée Archéologique at Rennes.
  3. "Corseul, capitale romaine des Coriosolites" (in French). Retrieved 20 December 2009.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Louis Gouipeau, "La datation archéomagnétique du temple du Haut-Bécherel à Corseul", Revue Archéologique de l'Ouest 1984.1:pp84-88.

External links

Map of Roman Brittany