Brest Things to Do

  • from castle the tour Tanguy
    from castle the tour Tanguy
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    canons ready on the castle near marine...
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    start/finish at the museum boutique
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    Musée de la Marine -museum of the marine II

    by gwened Written Dec 1, 2013
    goddess hercules,venus,minerva,etc in wood
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    Again, many nice photos so for display, I have a tip already with museum tips for the visit and more photos in a travelogue.
    This one is photos of statues and woodend artifacts in a wonderful museum you all should visit once in the city.

    these statues came from ships, or naval quarters or other muséums to be store and display in the naval muséums of France like this one at Brest

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    Musée de la Marine -museum of the marine

    by gwened Updated Dec 1, 2013

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    start/finish at the museum boutique
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    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. Must see and look at my travelogues here.

    admission is 6€ now and hours varied so check the site, we came in the am was closed came back in the pm and it was open.13h30 to 18h30

    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

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    Chateau de Brest II

    by gwened Written Dec 1, 2013

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    from parking at rue du chateau
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    this is a wonderful property full of history going back to 280AD and going thru all the movemental épisodes of French and European history as the British were here/

    I have a tip on it but with so nicer photos decided to get another tip going. For the detail info see the tip without the roman numeral.
    for more pictures than stop by here No II

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    tour Tanguy

    by gwened Written Dec 1, 2013

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    closer on the naval base the tour tanguy
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    This is part of the history of Brest, and very unique tower in a modern surrounding still standing tall.

    The bastille of Quilbignon or tour of the Motte Tanguy is built on a rocky mount on the edge of the Penfeld, facing the castle of Brest, in the Recouvrance district. They are reach from the rue de la porte and the square Pierre Péron, at the foot of the pont de Recouvrance. This 14th century tower, houses the Museum of old Brest.

    The medieval tower was built probably during the war of succession (1341-1364) to protect or prevent, communications between the two sides. The origin of this medieval tower tell us that it was built by the British during their occupation of the city in the 14th century or by Lord Tanguy I du Chastel, of the line of the Lords of Quilbignon which distinguished himself in the fight of Brittany against England and contributed to the development of the right bank . The name of Quilbignon bastille gave way to that of tour Tanguy, first name borne by several members of this line. Their weapons are carved above the door. The cradle of this family is the Château de Trémazan at Landunvez.

    Jean de Montfort gave the tower to the English in 1341. It was restored to his son Jean IV in 1397. Until about 1580, the Tower served as headquarters to justice of the Lords of le Châtel, until they transfer it to a neighboring House. Then neglected, the Tower became the property of the Rohan-Guéméné family in 1786 then passed into the royal domain before being sold as national property during the Revolution to Sieur Gabon. She became at this time the Gabon Tower. In 1862, it is acquired by the architect Barillé who turned it into a dwelling house. He made drilling arrays and built on its top a sort of booth wearing a Chinese hat. Its last inhabitant and owner private, doctor Joseph Thielmans, general practitioner, left her after the fire during the battles of 1944. The Chinese pavilion, the covering was destroyed during the bombing.

    The city of Brest becomes owner on July 15, 1954. She is summarily repaired and his condition deteriorates again. Its future is so compromised by the reconstruction of the Recouvrance quarter. Finally, in 1959, the city charge painter Jim E. Sévellec mentioned within the tour its the past history of the town. The tower was restored and it inaugurates the Museum of old Brest 25 July 1962, which does have two rooms. A third room is open to the public in July 1964. In 1971, added a peppering look and replacing its neo-Gothic cornice by niches to give it a medieval silhouette.

    The Museum houses a collection of models and re-enactments that make a stroll through the picturesque streets of the Brest from before 1939, i.e. in the city as it stood before the bombing of the allies during the second world war and its reconstruction. Dioramas made by Brest painter Jim Sévellec represent the major episodes of the history of Brest.

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    Chateau de Brest

    by gwened Updated Nov 5, 2012
    front chateau de Brest tour anne de bretagne
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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
    http://www.brest-metropole-tourisme.fr/fr/votre-sejour/4-musee-national-de-la-marine-chateau-de-brest

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    Oceanopolis

    by gwened Updated Nov 5, 2012
    the coelecanth fossil fish of the deep
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    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
    http://www.oceanopolis.co.uk/Practical-information/Opening-times

    and this is how to get there
    http://www.oceanopolis.co.uk/Practical-information/Directions

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    Things to do

    by bonio Written Mar 7, 2011
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    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.

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    Seaside by bus

    by freemattia Written Jan 18, 2009
    Phare du Four
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    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.

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    Every end of September, a typical big fair

    by earendil Written Sep 25, 2005

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    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.

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    Beautiful sea side

    by Toyin Updated Dec 21, 2004

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    A lady walking her Horse and Dog in St Brieuc.

    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.

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    The Chateau

    by Toyin Written Dec 8, 2004

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    Marine Museum

    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.

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    The Tanguy Tower

    by bambino36 Written Sep 13, 2004

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    The Tanguy Tower, Brest

    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.

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    Les Alignements de Carnac

    by Porteplume Updated Jun 9, 2003

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    Carnac - [own photo]

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    Français:
    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.

    English:
    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.

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    A great day out for old and young kids

    by bzh Updated Feb 27, 2003

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    Boats and Oc��anopolis building

    Océanopolis is not just an aquarium. It is a full blown marine life museum. Divided in three parts, for temperate, polar and tropical climates. Kids can learn all about ocean life while having a lot of fun. Make sure you don't miss the penguin feeding time.

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    Like canoeing, kayaking or...

    by sandravdp Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Like canoeing, kayaking or rowing? Well then go to the swampy area of LA GRANDE BRIERE. I am sure you will like it here. There are several nice boating routes that can keep you busy for a few hours or a whole day :) There is more in my TRAVELLOGUE!

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