Rennes Things to Do

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    La Place de la Mairie

    by Maximilian21 Written Apr 11, 2005

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    In my opinion in the most beautiful sqaure in Rennes. It is beautiful with its coblestone road and is situated in the vieux cartier of Rennes. It is home to the beautiful opera house of Rennes
    It is lovely to go for strolls at night in this particualar place. There are always samll shops where you can bye french fries and waffles.
    Its also a place which has seen itsfair few political demonstrations, particularly from disgruntled farmers.

    In my opinion a must see.

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    Rennes Opera house

    by Maximilian21 Updated Apr 11, 2005

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    the beautiful opera house of Rennes was built in the The 19th century and is located in the centre of the town at the lovely "place de la mairie"
    The Opera in Rennes aims at attractive a more youthful audience and incorporates contemporary theatre in its seasons.
    I always found it to be a very dignified looking building and was always a nice piece of Eye candy.

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    Les Braderies

    by Maximilian21 Written Apr 11, 2005

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    Rennes is also quite famous for its street markets, usually coming out about the time of july.
    Some of the streets are closed off and people come out and sell their goods.
    Fir a small fee the residents of Rennes can sell their old odds and ends or arts and crafts they have made.
    Its is also a good place to get bragains on old records and cd's etc.
    the two main street markets are the braderie centre ville, and the braderie st therese.
    If your lucky there will also be some live music on the streets or people playing bongoes and the likes. All in all its a very festive experience, i used to love it.

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    Jardin du Thabor

    by Mikebond Updated Jul 6, 2009

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    The Jardin du Thabor was the kitchen garden of the Benedictines, who called it like the Palestinian mount. In the 18th century, the garden was opened to the public and today it's the largest park in Rennes. You can find there a French and a botanical garden. Have a look at the gate and at the statues among the flowers (fourth photo).

    the gate flowers flowers statue among the flowers flowers
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    La Salle Omnisports

    by Maximilian21 Updated Apr 11, 2005

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    La Salle Ominsports has become a icon in Rennes as it showcases some of the worlds best musicians when they come to Rennes. It has played to the likes of Nirvana, Bob Dylan, David Bowie,U2, Renaud and many others.
    It has become one of my favorite live music theatres.
    From the outside it isnt the preetiest of places but inside the accoustics are great and its very compact meaning your close to the action making for a great show.

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    Les Trans Musicales de Rennes

    by Maximilian21 Written Apr 11, 2005

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    Each year around December Rennes ahs a 3 day Music festival. This is definately the highlight of the year for most.
    The festival is quite world famous and for a small town the line ups are seriously amazing. Last year 2004 they had Ben Harper, manu Chao, Daft Punk and many others.
    Some of the biggest artists have played here includiong U2, David Bowie, ,Nirvana and many many others.
    If you get here around december, you must come to this event, iot has been going for some 26 years.

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    Le Rue St. George

    by Goner Updated Jun 21, 2004

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    Rennes' old quarter, with its surviving cobblestone streets and half-timbered, 15th- and 16th-century Renaissance and medieval houses, is the liveliest part of the city. Cafes, boutiques and crepe houses occupy many of the old buildings and it is here where you will find the most spirited nightlife. Look for the bar in the old jail.

    Rue St. George
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    Place des Lices

    by Mikebond Updated Nov 5, 2006

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    Place des Lices is one of the most typical squares and one of my favourite places in Rennes. It was there that knight jousting used to take place in the Middle Ages. After being enlarged in the 16th century, it hosted the hôtels particuliers. They were the residences of members of Parliament built in a kind of medieval-like style. You can still see these half-timbered houses around the square and in some streets nearby. (To be honest, I'm not sure that all of these pictures refer to this square. Some could have been taken in another place).
    Today, place des Lices is one of the main meeting points for the Rennes people. Evidence for this is provided by the many tables outside the bars (see the first, second and fifth photo).
    A very nice location, indeed! Don't miss it!

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    Fête foraine d'hiver

    by Maximilian21 Written Apr 11, 2005

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    Around the month of December each year ,the city of Rennes has a big Winter fair. Here you can go on rides and play games and feel like a kid all over again.
    the fete foraine is very popular amongst all age groups and if you have a chance to come this time, id recommend to go and check it out , for one day anyway.
    its free

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    18th Century Buildings

    by Goner Updated Jun 21, 2004

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    Rennes being consumed by fire in 1720, was rebuilt in the severe classical style of the time, elegant and somewhat formal. One of the most beautiful architechtural complexes arose here in the eighteenth century while the picturesque neighborhoods with half-timbered houses are a reminder of its medieval heritage.

    Half Timber Houses
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    Palais du Parlement de Bretagne

    by Mikebond Written Apr 5, 2006

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    These pictures show the Palais du Parlement de Bretagne, ("Palace of the Breton Parliament") that houses today the Palais de Justice.
    This building was built between 1618 and 1655 on Salomon de Brosse's projects. It has had a troubled history: after it survived to the huge fire that destroyed most parts of the town in 1720, another fire destroyed almost completely in 1994. Afterwards, it was rebuilt and some of its beautiful decorations and sculptures have been recovered.
    I didn't visit the palace inside because I had little time. I don't know if it is possible to visit it, either.

    Palais du Parlement de Bretagne Palais du Parlement de Bretagne - detail
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    St. Melanie

    by Goner Updated Jun 21, 2004

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    The cathedral of Rennes was rebuilt in a pseudo-Ionic style between 1787 and 1844 on the site of two churches dating originally from the 4th century. The west side has twin towers was completed in 1700 and is in the Renaissance style. The interior is richly decorated, a German altar-piece of the 15th century is worth seeing for its carving and gilding. The archbishops palace occupies part of the site with the abbey dedicated to St Melaine, a large statue of the Virgin was placed above its dome in 1867.

    Rennes Cathedral
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    Place de la Mairie

    by Mikebond Written Apr 1, 2006

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    Place de la Mairie is the historic centre of Rennes. The main building of the square is the Hôtel de Ville ("city hall"), built on Jacques Gabriel's plan between 1734 and 1743. The Tour de l'Horloge ("Clock tower") stands in the middle of the facade.
    The Théâtre de l'Opéra stands opposite the city hall. It was built in Neoclassic style in 1832-36.

    H��tel de Ville Tour de l'Horloge theatre
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    Place de la République

    by Mikebond Written Apr 2, 2006

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    Place de la République lies to the South of Place de la Mairie; pedestrian Rue d'Orléans links up the two squares.
    When you arrive in Place de la République, you will certainly see the Palais du Commerce built by Jean-Baptiste Martenot between 1886 and 1929. Nowadays it houses the General Post Office, but it is quite fun to learn that it was conceived in order to hide the lower town, which was not so beautiful as the city centre.

    Palais du Commerce the dome of Palais du Commerce
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    Parlement de Bretagne

    by grayfo Updated Aug 13, 2013

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    Built between 1618 and 1655 the parliament of Brittany was situated in the heart of the city, in February 1994, a fire tore through the building as a consequence of violent demonstrations by local fishermen, arguably the most famous building in Rennes the building was rebuilt and now houses the Rennes Court of Appeal.

    email clemence.hugo@justice.fr

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