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What to See in Rennes

Rennes is the captial city of Brittany, France. Rennes is not often mentioned on tourist guides but this medium size town is well worth a visit. It has about 200,000 inhabitants, of which about 50,000 are students. This gives the town a vibrant night life.

Rennes is classified as a city of art and history.

Historic Center

  • The Parlement de Bretagne (Parliament of Brittany, Plasenn Breujoù Breizh) is arguably the most famous building in Rennes built at the 17th century. It was rebuilt after a terrible fire in 1994. It houses the Rennes court of appeal.
  • Colorful traditional timber frame houses are situated primarily along the roads Saint-Sauveur, Saint-Georges, de Saint-Malo, Saint-Guillaume, des Dames, du chapitre, Vasselot, Saint-Michel, de la Psallette and around the plazas of Champ-Jacquet, des Lices, Saint-Anne and Rallier-du-Baty.
    • Polychromatic wooden busts from the 16th century, in the façade of 20 rue du Chapitre.
    • Basilica Saint-Sauveur
  • Place des Lices and surrounding area
    • Les Halles Martenot of the 19th century, built between 1868 and 1871 by Jean-Baptiste Martenot, host the market on Saturday mornings (the third largest market in France).
    • The Mordelaises Gate (Portes Mordelaises), chatelet with two towers and a drawbridge
    • The remaining fortifications of the 3rd century
    • The Jehan Duchesne tower of the 15th century, on rue Nantaise
    • The 15th century ramparts east of the Gallo-Roman fortifications, in place Rallier-du-Baty.
  • The former St. Yves chapel, now the tourist bureau and a museum about historic Rennes development.
  • Place Saint-Anne (Plasenn Santez-Anna)
    • Saint-Aubin Church
    • Location of a former 14th century hospital
    • Jacobite convent
  • La rue Saint-Michel nicknamed rue de la soif (road of thirst) because there are bars all along this street.
  • Area from Saint-Mélaine to Place Saint-Mélaine
    • Notre-Dame en Saint-Mélaine Church,
      • tower and transept from the 11th century Benedictine abbey of Saint-Mélaine
      • 14th century Gothic arcades
      • 17th century columnar façade
      • bell tower topped with a gilded Virgin Mary (19th century)
      • 17th century cloister
    • Magnificent park, The Parc Thabor, (formal French garden, orangerie, rose garden, aviary), on 10 hectares of land, built between 1860 and 1867. 
    • The 17th century promenade "la Motte à Madame", and a monumental stair overlooking the rue de Paris entrance to the Thabor.
  • Rue Saint-Georges and rue Gambetta
    • 1920's Saint George Municipal Pool, with mosaics
    • Saint George Palace, and its garden
  • Place de la Mairie (City Hall Plaza, Plasenn Ti Ker)
    • City Hall
    • Opera
  • Place du Vau-Saint-Germain
    • Vau de Saint-Germain Church
    • Saint-Germain footbridge, 20th century wood and metal construction to link the plaza with Émile Zola Quay.
  • Place du Champ-Jacquet
    • statue of Leperdit ripping up a conscription list.

South of the Vilaine

  • Quai Émile Zola (Émile Zola Quay), next to the Vilaine River:
    • The Fine Arts Museum
  • Esplanade Charles de Gaulle :
    • The Brittany Museum , together witn the regional library on six levels and the science centre with a planetarium, all in a single building, the Champs Libres designed by the architect Christian de Portzamparc.
  • rue du Pré-Botté :
    • prior location of Ouest-Éclair, then of Ouest-France, premier daily regional newspaper; resutored and now occupied by the Mercure hotel.
  • rue Duhamel
    • the large mills, constructed on each side of the south branch of the Vilaine in 1895 and 1902.
  • Place Honoré Commeurec:
    • Les Halles centrales, covered market of 1922, a part converted into contemporary art gallery.


  • North-west, near the rue de Saint-Malo
    • the sluices of the canal d'Ille-et-Rance of 1843
  • East of the city, rue de Paris
    • The two halls of the printer Oberthür, built by par Marthenot between 1870 and 1895.
    • Oberthür Park, the second biggest garden in the city.
  • South, Blosne Quarter (Bréquigny)
    • The manor of the Haute-Chalais (17th century), granite chateau

Modified: 2007-02-10 10:17:23+01
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rennes


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