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  • 1 Golfe du Morbihan Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 56000 Vannes

    This gulf, which is about 20km wide and dotted with sixty or so islands and islets, is famous for its beautiful scenery. The light at sunset is particularly memorable, even more so at low tide. Start on the west coast at the Pointe d'Arradon, going p..

  • 2 Vannes Ramparts Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    promenade de la Garenne F - 56000 Vannes

    From the Esplanade of the Garenne it is possible to discover these 13C fortifications which were remodeled until the 17C. The Marle stream and its washing-places, the formal gardens and, in the background, the cathedral, create one of the most pleasa..

  • 3 St. Peter's Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    22 rue des Chanoines F - 56000 Vannes

    A curiosity? The chapel was built as a rotunda and treated in an Italian Renaissance style: entirely exotic. A great man? Saint Vincent Ferrier, a Spanish monk who died here in 1419 (a painting to the left of the entrance, commemorates this event. Hi..

  • 4 Public Washing-places Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue Francis-Decker F - 56000 Vannes

    These washing-places with long roofs, built on the banks of the Marle Stream at the beginning of the 19C are undoubtedly the most renown sight of this city.

  • 5 Archaeological Museum of Morbihan Interesting

    Museums and art

    2 rue Noé F - 56000 Vannes

    Located in Gaillard Castle (15C), which for some time housed the Parliament of Brittany. It contains numerous objects obtained from the first excavations of megaliths from Carnac or Locmariaquer. Necklaces, bracelets, polished axes, swords, ring-disc..

  • 6 Vannes Aquarium Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    21 rue Daniel-Gilard F - 56000 Vannes

    Fifty ponds in a natural habitat to make life comfortable for a thousand fishes. A big pond, which recreates a coral reef and, to make you tremble, a transparent footbridge at water level, to allow visitors to be next to the sharks.

  • 7 Square Henry V Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    place Henri-IV F - 56000 Vannes

    Beautiful ensemble of 16C gabled-roofed houses in the centre of old Vannes. Near by, you will come across the charming Halles, Salomon and Chanoines Streets, which are lined with many old dwellings.

  • 8 Île aux Moines Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Embarcadère de Port-Blanc - Baden F - 56780 Île-aux-Moines

    This former monastic fiefdom is the largest and most heavily populated island in the Gulf of Morhiban. It's a quiet little seaside resort with a wide variety of flora: mimosa, camellias, palms, orange and lemon trees. From the port of Lerio it's a sh..

  • 9 Limur Mansion

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue Thiers F - 56000 Vannes

    This mansion dates back to the end of the 17C and is furnished with an elegant stone staircase.

  • 10 Esplanade of the Garenne

    Nature and gardens

    promenade de la Garenne F - 56000 Vannes

    The grounds of the ducal castle were transformed into a public esplanade in the 17C. Some fifteen migrants were executed here in 1795, and a marble slab has been place in their memory, near the war memorial.

  • 11 The Town Hall

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    place Marchais F - 56000 Vannes

    In front of the Town Hall, stands the equestrian statue of the constable of Richemont, Joanne of Arc's companion, who became Duke of Brittany in 1457. It did not last long, for he died the following year.

  • 12 Parc du Golfe

    Nature and gardens

    rue Daniel-Gilard F - 56000 Vannes

    This leisure complex is the ideal point for an excursion by boat, departing from the marina. An aquarium, the Aquarium du Golfe, and an interesting butterfly garden, the Jardin aux Papillons, are also located here.

  • 13 Butterfly Garden

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    18 rue Daniel-Gilard F - 56000 Vannes

    Amidst the tropical trees and flower shrubs, you will make your way among a crowd of living butterflies. You will even be able to see them born in hatchers.

  • 14 Lices Square

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    place des Lices F - 56000 Vannes

    Breton fights and tournaments took place here in 1532 to celebrate the union of Brittany with France and this square's name evokes this event. Saint Vincent Ferrier came here in 1418 to address the crowds, thus the saint's statue rests in a turret ho..

  • 15 The House of Vannes

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue Rogue F - 56000 Vannes

    Vannes and his wife: this is the nickname given to the two granite busts which decorate this old dwelling.

  • 16 St-Vincent-Ferrier's House

    Museums and art

    17 place Valencia F - 56000 Vannes

    A beautiful half-timbered dwelling, modified in 16C. The ground floor is made of stone. According to tradition, Vincent Ferrier died here in 1419.

  • 17 La Cohue (Musée des Beaux-Arts)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    place St-Pierre F - 56000 Vannes

    In Brittany, "la cohue" (the crowd) referred to the market, place of trade and justice. The small 13C stalls of the lower room have now disappeared, but the building now accommodates a Fine Arts Museum that exhibits religious statues, 19C a..

  • 18 St-Vincent's Gate

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue St-Vincent F - 56000 Vannes

    It is through this gate that one can reach the old town from Gambetta Square. Today it is a pedestrian area. The street that continues is lined with beautiful 17C buildings, such as the Dondel Mansion where General Hoche stayed in 1795.

  • 19 Lorient dockyards

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Porte Gabriel - enclos du Port F - 56998 Lorient

    On the left the Gabriel pavilion of the East India Company has been reconstructed in its original style. The Scorff Arsenal has four basins allowing them to taking the largest sized ships. The Découverte tower built in 1796, used to serve as a semaph..

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