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done by Vauban in the 17C, showing the power of the house of the counts of Léon until the 14C, it was an English stronghold for 50 years, wanted by the Brittany, England, France, the fortress just above the land its considered at the middle ages as the strongest fort in the world.
It was heavily damaged in WWII during the siege of Brest from August to September of 1944, the castle was restored to its majesty ,and it is considered one of the major monuments of Brittany.
It houses in its interiors the marine commander of the Atlantic theater and the marine prefecture, it is without doubt the oldest military site in active duty in the world. The visit is done thru the interior courtyard of the donjon or tower and today partially underground of the tower or tour Duchesse Anne.
you must see it
Updated Nov 5, 2012
Address: along the harbor upon entering Brest
great display of boats, marine artifacts,and maps illustrating the history of the navy in Brest over the centuries;great for the whole family and very educational.
admission is 5,50€ and hours varied so check the site, we came in the am was closed came back in the pm and it was open.
You will love to see the boating history and naval yard history of this city ,do come in. You can get here once in the city by taken bus lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 18 stop/ arrêt Français libres or the tramway : station château
Updated Nov 5, 2012
Address: blvd des Francais libres, and FD Roosevelt
The great seaquarium of Brest, It was big, not so great on tanks etc,but very good in educational experience and information loaded on the oceans, the rades or river entry to Brest and the seafood of the world and Brittany.
For families is great, there is discount if shows student cards ,for five we paid 70,90€. otherwise is 17,30€ per adult
The place is divided into areas such as Polaire, Tropical, and Tempéré with exhibition on the abyss of the oceans, the fish fossils of deep oceans,and display on old fishing houses and living of older days as well as the making of salt.
these are the hours
and this is how to get there
Updated Nov 5, 2012
Address: Brest Ports,then Oceanopolis
Well, do a little research, we decided to visit the maritime Museum on a morning - only open in the afternoon and then to visit Oceanopolis on a Monday, guess what it's closed on Mondays. Our own fault with a little planning we could have made far more of Brest, here's some photos of the harbour the castle and our wandering around town anyway.
Written Mar 7, 2011
If you are in Brest and wish to go to the seaside but you don't have a car, don't worry, you can get a bus from the bus station off the train station and you get to go there. Stop in Porspoder and you will enjoy the amazing landscape of this part of the coast by walking. You can see from here the famous light-house "Phare du Four" and tipical houses, free horses and goats.
Bring with you some food for a picnic and enjoy. Don't forget your k-way. Weather is a bit crazy and while you think it's the perfect sunny day in a moment you will have 5 minutes of rain and the sun again and the rain again.
The village is small, you can find 1 or 2 bars a restaurant and a creperie. There is also a small supermarket close to the church if you forgot to bring your food for the picnic. Buy bread and local cheese and go.
Written Jan 18, 2009
Address: Bus from Brest, stop in Porspoder
During three days, for the Saint Michel (29th september), a big fair is organized in the city and the streets are closed to cars.
Some streets are reserved to professional merchants, and you can find good items for your house or for you.
On the "freedom place", it's reserved for children who can sell their old toys and old books...it's very fun and nice for them, they can earn a bit of money.
Written Sep 25, 2005
Address: City center
If you are making Brest by private car, it is interesting to make a stop at St Brieuc. This is a beautiful sea side with an english speaking population. You could see a slightly different culture here, in comparison with Paris. You ll see people in a near traditional Anglo-Saxion way of life..but they still speak French.
Updated Dec 21, 2004
Address: You cant miss it..National 12 highway from Paris.
Brest enjoys a wonderful location, on the shores of an enormous bay, with the beauty of inland and coastal Brittany all around it. The city is a centre of commerce, combining the cobbled streets and fortifications of the old port with all the attractions and facilities of the modern city.
Written Dec 8, 2004
Address: Brest Naval Shipyard
Built on a block of granite, the Bastille of Quilbignon or "Tower of the Tanguy" occupies a privileged location in edge of the river Penfeld in front of the castle of Brest. Inside the Tower there's an interesting museum about Brest history.
Written Sep 13, 2004
Phone: +33 (0)298008860
Sites mégalithiques: alignements de menhirs, et dolmens et tumulus.
Photo: Les alignements de Carnac:
Il s'agit de menhirs disposés en lignes à peu près parallèles. (3000 sur Carnac). Les Alignements se composent de trois principaux champs, ils avaient probablement un rôle culturel et religieux
La période où l'on a construit ces mégalithes a duré environ de 4500 à 2000 ans avant J-C, c'est la période néolithique.
Les dolmens ou tumulus avaient une fonction funéraire et servaient de sépultures collectives ou individuelles.
The Megaliths were erected during the neolithic period which lasted from 4500 BC until 2000 BC.
The two main structures of the megalithic architecture are "Menhirs" and "Dolmens" and "Tumulus".
Dolmens and Tumulus were burial structures, they were either collective or individual tumbs.
Menhirs: an army of stones
There are approximately 3000 menhirs in the Carnac area. The alignments probably had a cultural role and were a place of worship.
Updated Jun 9, 2003
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