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  • 1 Palais du Parlement de Bretagne Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    11 rue St-Yves

    The establishment of Brittany's parliament - one of thirteen provincial governments - in Rennes in 1561, elevated the city to the rank of regional capital and attracted the aristocracy to it. A supreme court in control of 2 300 Breton jurisdictions, ..

  • 2 Old Rennes Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de l'Hôtel-de-Ville

    This is the part of the Old town, which was lucky enough to avoid the great fire of 1720. The old town still has some houses from the 15 and 16C with corbelled floors. You will see such houses on the Ruesaint-Sauveur, the Ruesaint-Guillaume (house ca..

  • 3 Parc du Thabor Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    5 bd de la Duchesse-Anne

    Covering an area of 10ha, this park (monks from the Saint-Mélaine Benedictine abbey named this place Thabor in honour of the mountain in Palestine) includes a French-style garden, a botanical garden, a rose garden, a landscaped garden and an aviary. ..

  • 4 Les Champs Libres Interesting

    Museums and art

    10 cours des Alliés

    This cultural hotspot inaugurated in 2006 brings three institutions together into a single site: the Brittany Museum, the Science Centre and the Library. The ultra-contemporary building is the work of architect Christian de Portzamparc, who designed ..

  • 5 Écomusée du pays de Rennes (Ferme de la Bintinais) Interesting

    Museums and art

    Route de Châtillon-sur-Seiche - ferme de la Bintinais

    Situated on a farm on the borders of town and country, here you can discover the region's past, starting at the 16C. The museum has a garden, orchards, an apiary, and traditional crops and gives you an insight into the traditional ways of the Rennes ..

  • 6 Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes Interesting

    Museums and art

    20 quai Émile-Zola

    It has many notable works : by Martin Van Heemskerk, a very nice Saint Luc combing the Virgin (16 e s.), a Tiger hunt by Rubens and The newborn, a famous work by Georges de La Tour. For the 19C, note the remarkable landscape by Georges Lacombe : Effe..

  • 7 Cathédrale St-Pierre

    Religious buildings

    Parvis de la Cathédrale

    this sanctuary built in 1844 has a marvellously rich interior decoration which sets the cathedral apart. The lavish interior is epitomised by the stucco wall covering which is bedecked with paintings and gilding. Make sure you see the retable sculpte..

  • 8 Brittany museum

    Museums and art

    10 cours des Alliés

    The collections on display in this museum provide a synopsis of Brittany's history. Through a series of categorised exhibits: prehistory, Armorican Gallo-Roman, medieval Brittany, Brittany under the old regime. Modern Brittany is illustrated through ..

  • 9 Basilique St-Sauveur

    Religious buildings

    r. de Clisson

    This was built in the 17 and 18 C and has preserved an attractive gilded wood canopy and a 17 C organ chest. To the right is the chapel of Notre-Dame-des-Miracles who saved Rennes when the English besieged the town in 1357. Many votive offering boxes

  • 10 Porte Mordelaise

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. des Portes-Mordelaises

    A remnant of the surrounding 15C wall, this was the main entry into the town. In July 1997, a drawbridge on the model of that at Montmuran was put there in its place.

  • 11 Place des Lices

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. des Lices

    It was here that jousts and tournaments were held. The Molant House (17C) at number 34 is topped with a mansard roof. It has a luxurious oak staircase shaft decorated on the ceiling with a trompe l'oiel sky and wood panelling.

  • 12 Rue St-Michel

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. St-Michel

    This street is bordered with half-timbered houses. From the time when it became part of the districts of Rennes, it has preserved its inns and taverns

  • 13 Place Ste-Anne

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Ste-Anne

    Coloured Half timbered houses, gothic and Renaissance surround a neo-gothic church and link it to the Jacobean Monastery (Ruede l'Echange). Anne of Brittany became engaged to the King of France there.

  • 14 Rue du Pont-aux-Foulons

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. du Pont-aux-Foulons

    Half timbered 18C houses flank this busy street

  • 15 Place du Champ-Jacquet

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Champ-Jacquet

    The Ruede Champ-Jacquet, leads to this curious triangular square, flanked by 17C tall half-timbered houses opposite the stone facade of the old Tizé hotel.

  • 16 Rue St-Georges

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. St-Georges

    Lively and flanked by cafes and restaurants, this square has some attractive old houses. At no. 3 Th Moussaye house (16C) has a splendid Renaissance façade. From no. 8 to no. 12 a remarkable collection of half-timbered houses.

  • 17 Palais St-Georges

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Gambetta

    This is an old Benedictine abbey from 1670, which in the midst of an attractive garden today houses administration services.

  • 18 Église St-Germain

    Religious buildings

    r. St-Georges

    In the late Gothic style (15 to 16C), it has some very Breton characteristics such as its wooden vault and its sculpted beam ends.

  • 19 Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de l'Hôtel-de-Ville

    Flanked by the town hall and the theatre, this is a large pleasant square and is the main hub of the classic town. To the south, the view is dominated by the impressive Palace of Commerce that is decorated with monumental sculptures.

  • 20 Hôtel de ville

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 place de la Mairie

    This was built from 1734-1743 by Jacques Gabriel (who was the father of the architect of the Petit Trianon at Versailles). The central tower bears a clock which the people of Rennes call affectionately « the Big one », it is linked to two impressive ..

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