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  • 1 Bouffay neighbourhood

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de la Juiverie F - 44000 Nantes

    During a stroll down the streets of this area you will come across a number of 15C and 16C half-timbered houses in Rue de la Juiverie, Rue Sainte-Croix, Rue de la Boucherie and Rue Bossuet. This maze of little streets gathered around the church, Égli..

  • 2 Église Ste-Croix

    Religious buildings

    pl. Ste-Croix F - 44000 Nantes

    A classical façade that is topped by the most beautiful belfry in town, with its trumpeting angels at the summit. Inside, the choir has a palm vault that contrasts with the round vault of the nave of this 17C church.

  • 3 Place Royale

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Royale F - 44000 Nantes

    This square was built by architect Crucy (who also made the old stock exchange, now a FNAC) and has a fountain in the middle which since 1865 has symbolised the city of Nantes.

  • 4 Rue Crébillon

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Crébillon F - 44000 Nantes

    As the Nantais say, you will «Crébilloner» by window shopping down this street.

  • 5 Place Graslin

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Graslin F - 44000 Nantes

    At the heart of the Graslin quartier, this square is home to the Grand Théâtre, with its Corinthian style, built in 1783, as well as the brasserie La Cigale, on the corner of Cours Cambronne, and has 1900 décor with lovely mosaics.

  • 6 Manoir de la Touche

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    18 rue Voltaire F - 44000 Nantes

    Next to the Musée Dobrée, this old country house was built in the early 15C by the bishop Jean de Malestroit. It is sometimes called the Manoir Jean V, after the duke of the house of Montfort who died here in 1442.

  • 7 Île de Nantes

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    bd Léon-Bureau F - 44000 Nantes

    The old Ile Beaulieu is now the centre of a vast urban development programme led by architect Dominique Perrault. Law courts designed by are just one of the new projects Jean Nouvel.

  • 8 Palais de justice

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Île de Nantes F - 44000 Nantes

    On the Ile de Nantes, these new law courts are housed in a formidable glass and concrete structure designed by Jean Nouvel.

  • 9 Quai de la Fosse

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai de la Fosse F - 44000 Nantes

    Many 18C homes line this embankment, in particular n° 86, Hôtel Durbé, whose stores were a warehouse for the Compagnie des Indes.

  • 10 Musée de l'Imprimerie

    Museums and art

    24 quai de la Fosse F - 44000 Nantes

    Lithographs, engraved wood and others can be found at this Museum of Printing. Professional printers take you through the techniques of composition and printing. Essential for lovers of the written word.

  • 11 Escorteur d'escadre Maillé-Brézé

    Museums and art

    Quai de la Fosse F - 44000 Nantes

    This building, which was put into service in 1957, was disarmed in 1988. On a tour, you will see anti-submarine and anti-air weapons, an interesting vehicle room and, in the officers' quarters, a history of the life of Admiral Jean Armand de Maillé, ..

  • 12 Église N.-D.-de-Bon-Port

    Religious buildings

    1 r. Dobrée F - 44100 Nantes

    Topped with a majestic dome, this church (also known as Saint-Louis) was built in 1846. Inside, heavy hexagonal pillars support the cupola and are decorated with stained-glass windows and frescos.

  • 13 Parc de Procé

    Nature and gardens

    pl. Paul-Doumer F - 44000 Nantes

    To the north-west of the city, this park has long views and undulating hills and is a lovely place for a walk. Rhododendrons, azalia and oaks make up the landscape... and you're allowed to walk on the grass!

  • 14 Maison de l'Erdre

    Museums and art

    Île de Versailles F - 44000 Nantes

    A visit to this house will give you a first approach to the fauna and flora of this river which, until the 19C, served the entrance of the Canal de Bretagne. It is an excellent introduction to a boat trip down the Erdre on one of the Bateaux nantais.

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