Set off from the hotel to explore Rennes, a city of art and history and the capital city of Brittany. It is also a university town and European high-tech cluster.
Discover Rennes along the paved backstreets lined with half-timbered houses, a town that offers major cultural events in both day and night.
You will be surprised at the diversity of Rennes’ heritage, from the Gaul Roman era to the present time, which you can discover through the numerous museums and exhibitions.
You can also find more informations and things to do at www.tourisme-rennes.com/
THE 10 ESSENTIAL SITES OF THE BRETON CAPITAL
The Saint Yves Chapel
De style gothique flamboyant, cette chapelle rénovée du XVe siècle, a été construite pour l’hôpital Saint-Yves, avant d’être aménagée en quincaillerie au XIXe siècle.
Elle abrite aujourd’hui l’Office de Tourisme de Rennes où vous pourrez obtenir de nombreuses informations sur les visites guidées et vous procurer le plan touristique de la ville. Les précieux décors intérieurs comme extérieurs de la chapelle fourmillent de sculptures étonnantes : animaux tirant la langue, lapin endormi, chat espiègle, visages malicieux ou amusés. Vous serez surpris par le nombre de regards posés sur vous!
EXPOSITION PERMANENTE « RENNES, MÉTROPOLE D’ART ET D’HISTOIRE » VISIBLE AUX HEURES D’OUVERTURE DE L’OFFICE DE TOURISME.
Saint Peter Cathedral
Roman high altar, monumental grand-organs, remarkable paintings and vaults, discover the treasures of a cathedral rebuilt and decorated in the second half of the 19th century. Saint-Pierre Cathedral has hosted important moments in the history of Brittany and France, such as the coronation of the Dukes and Duchesses of Brittany.
OPEN EVERY DAY FROM 9.30 AM TO 12 PM AND FROM 3 PM TO 6 PM
The Mortglish Doors
Rebuilt in the 15th century, this building which is characterized by its two symmetrical towers enhanced by machicolations with double drawbridge was the main entrance of the fortified city. Also called “Royal Door”, in reference to the Dukes of Brittany who before being crowned at the Cathedral Saint Pierre, crossed the door after taking an oath to defend the liberties of Brittany
La Place des Lices
Former medieval “closed field” where took place tournaments of knights, the name of the Lices was known in 1337 thanks to a certain Bertrand Du Guesclin who carried out his 1st fight there.
Bordered on the north by large mansions of timber or stone of the seventeenth century and south by two metal halls designed by Jean-Baptiste Martenot, in 1869, in the style of Baltard, this place welcomes since 1622, the market of Lices!
Known as one of the largest markets in France, it is at dawn, every Saturday that the Market Lices comes alive to showcase stalls that explode in colors, smells and flavors. No need to resist this festive atmosphere whose visitors can only end up with the tasting of the renowned and famous “sausage pancake”!
The Parliament of Brittany
Designed by Salomon de Brosse, it was spared by the great fire of 1720, but burned in 1994. Enclosing the French pictorial jewels of the seventeenth century, the palace of Parliament was reborn through an exemplary mobilization and renovation. Inside, prestige is embodied in the French ceilings, carved and gilded woodwork, allegorical paintings … the Grand’ Chambre is the jewel of this exceptional decor.
VISITS ALL YEAR ON REQUIRED REGISTRATION AT THE OFFICE OF TOURISM. tel. 02.99.67.11.66
After the fire of 1720, Jacques Gabriel, architect of King Louis XV, imagined to consolidate into a single building, on a new square, the City Hall, the presidential and the clock tower.
Curved, it refers to the buildings built by the great architects Le Vau and Hardouin-Mansart. The north wing of the Hôtel de Ville houses the “Rennes Panthéon” erected in memory of soldiers who died in the 14-18 war. In the wedding hall, the famous Breton such as Duguay-Trouin, Laennec, Renan, Chateaubriand, are part of the decor. Look up!
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Charles Millardet responds to the curved eighteenth-century party at the Hôtel de Ville opposite, by the rotundity of the so-called “Le Théâtre”. This rounded facade, protected by sculpted muses by François Lanno, hides in its bosom many other originalities like a parterre, not located on the ground floor, but on the first floor.
The famous 44 steps to access it made the newspapers of the time! Among the smallest operas in France, discover all that it has of great through its sets and a rich operatic programming!
A bit of romance and elegance with the discovery of the wonders of the Thabor Park, where even “Hell” is a pleasant theater of greenery. This former monks garden of the Benedictine abbey Saint-Melaine was designed by Denis Bühler, a famous 19th century landscape painter.
This 10-hectare park combines a French garden, English park, cave, bandstand, aviary and exceptional rose garden of more than 2,000 varieties! Let yourself be guided in one of the most beautiful gardens in France.
OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND, VARIABLE TIMES ACCORDING TO SEASONS.
The Museum of Fine Arts
Since 1794, the collection of works of the Museum of Fine Arts in Rennes has continued to grow, offering a panorama of the history of art from Antiquity to the present day. Let yourself be surprised by Gustave Caillebotte’s Impressionism, Rubens’s “The Tiger Hunt” and Georges de la Tour’s “The Newborn”.
INFORMATION AND TIMETABLE: www.mbar.org
Les Champs Libres
An innovative cultural site designed by the architect Christian de Portzamparc, Les Champs Libres include in the heart of Rennes: the Museum of Brittany, the Espace des Sciences and the Bibliothèque de la Métropole. Exhibitions and installations, visual arts, digital arts, literary and artistic performances coexist here, helping to make it a veritable place of cultural excitement.
INFORMATION AND SCHEDULES: www.leschampslibres.fr