Vannes Things to Do

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    Cathedral of Saint Pierre

    by gwened Updated Jun 11, 2013

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    This is a wonderful church right in the old section of town and near my shopping street. The church keeps the tomb of Father Vicente Ferrier who hails from Valencia,Spain,he came over in the 1300's to spread the word of God and remained as bishop,and schoolteacher, his name is mentioned all over including my front profile picture in the Porte St Vincent going from the port to the old city.
    You can see a wonderful painting as you enter on our left of the death of Saint Vicente Ferrer in the presence of the duchess of Brittany , Anne
    Not far from here at 17 pl valencia you see the house where Saint Vincent died in 1419.

    the official cathedral webpage is this one
    www.cathedrale-vannes.cef.fr

    built from the 13C tothe 19C,and a beautiful tapestry from the Gobelin factory from 1615. a must see.Official name Cathedral of St Pierre=Peter.

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    A very nice aquarium du golfe

    by gwened Updated May 26, 2013

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    at the parc du golfe there is nice facilities for all, and one of them is the aquarium of Vannes. A unique structure and great for the whole family even older children.
    Very nice representation of the islands on the gulf of morbihan, UNESCO world heritage site on its sea life.

    It takes about 1h15 to see the aquarium ,but we took a bit more maybe 1h40, it all depends what you really like to see upclose. You have a nice store for souvenirs inside. Pique Nique is allow on the lawns, so when time is good come all over.

    Mobility impaired persons are welcome as the boutique is on upper floors but it has an elevator/lift.
    Admission for adults is 12,40€
    hours are depending on the season usually open by 10h and stay open until 18H

    if you like to have some nice wallpaper for your computer here you can copy them
    http://www.aquarium-du-golfe.com/fond-d-ecran.php

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    Again walk the ramparts of Vannes III

    by gwened Written May 4, 2013
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    a pleasure to do it all the time, walking the ramparts area with its old towers, castle walls, ruins, and gardens, the laundrymats ,the climbing to the Garenne, and the inner lovely quaint old streets of Vannes all preserve, even surviving WWII.

    I is a pleasure to walk and the best way to know the history and area in Vannes or elsewhere.

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    The lavoirs or laundrymats of Vannes

    by gwened Written May 4, 2013

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    The look old but they are only from the 19C period between 1817-1821. they use to be a place for pigeons along an old river called La Marle. At the end of the 15C it was just a fraction of what it was, then at the end of the 17C it was just a sandy area, becoming a prairie where apples and gardens grew.

    Early in the 19C it had a vegetable garden, and the water banks serve as laundry for the local people clean their clothes as it was the nearby lake of Lac au Duc. The old apple trees in front of the the Tour du Connétable served as hanging to dry the clothes in plain air. At this time someone purchase the site and had built the laundrymats. Each part was rented out to the locals for boiled the water and then clean their clothes. It became an economic social and unique place.

    In 1927, the lavoirs or laundrymats and the near gardens were put for sale to have houses built on it. The local people rally to preserved it and eventually the city purchase the land, so allowing the lavoirs to be a public place that we enjoy to our days.

    Being next to the gardens of the garenne and the ramparts offer a great family gathering place for all to enjoy locals and visitors. Enjoy Vannes.

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    Cathedral Saint Pierre at night

    by gwened Written Nov 16, 2012
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    see my other tip on the Cathedral here, for short
    the official cathedral webpage is this one
    www.cathedrale-vannes.cef.fr

    built from the 13C tothe 19C,and a beautiful tapestry from the Gobelin factory from 1615

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    Church of St Patern

    by gwened Written Sep 1, 2012

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    This is the second most important church of Vannes after the Cathedral.

    The church of Saint-Patern, is from the 11C and dedicated to the first bishop of Vannes and in the middle ages was an important stage in the Tro Breiz. EArly in the 18C, the church was in very bad condition and the belltower plummered in 1726, after a hurricane that the renovation was begun.

    At the end of the 18C the nave was enlarged and the belltower work was begun, until finally done in 1820. In its sanctuary of rough aspect you can however see the richness of its furniture inside. Each lateral chapel and the choir has a retable where the oldest is from 1690 (Saint Isidore on the south transept).

    The area is very nice bohemian and quaint, it has become my favorite in town.

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    Walk Vannes part II

    by gwened Written Aug 22, 2012
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    walking is an art form, and I love to play the art advocate. What better way to know a city or country or region than to walk right close to its people its monuments and fields. Vannes is a wonderful city to walk, its old and it was made to have all close by.

    a webpage in French about walking in Bretagne and Vannes, randonnée is the French word
    http://www.bretagne-rando.com/randonnees_detail.php?num=315&VANNES

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    The remparts are so much Vannes

    by gwened Written Aug 22, 2012

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    I already have an entry on the remparts but figure more photos warrant to write a second page. Its so much life here.

    From jazz festivals, to exhibitions ,expositions, events of all kinds this is it. Then when all is gone ,you come here and its so peaceful and nice .Its a must to walk it and have a sandwich on a bench its allowed.

    lovely historical place to be walking and enjoying it with family even better.At night romance comes in so many young couples its magical indeed.

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    museum of history and archeology

    by gwened Written Aug 22, 2012

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    Musée d'Historie et d'Archeologie, right off Place Saint-Pierre in the old Chateau Gaillard. Its a magical place to learn about the history of the region,city,and its excavations. Very educational and instructive to yound and old.

    WE love the history of France so this is a very nice museum just near us. It includes paintings, object of arts, archeological artifacts, and nature curiosities. The museum is open from May 15 to September 30th each year and out of this period you can reserve a visit to the heritage service at the mayor's office at +33 (0) 2 97 01 64 00.

    If the above dont convince you, then come for the place where the museum is house, the Chateau Gaillard, built n the 15C, it has a medieval architecture look well preserve. It was a mansion, an auditorium for the parliament of Brittany, seat of the Société Polymathique du Morbihan. Today the castle houses the collectioins of the museum ditto d’histoire et d’archéologie du Musée de Vannes,and many other riches to be seen such on the second floor (3rd US) the cabinet call Cabinet des Pères du désert from 1643.

    city of Vannes site
    http://www.mairie-vannes.fr/culture/musees/musee_d_histoire_et_d_archeologie/2395/index.html

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    walk the ramparts of old city center

    by gwened Updated Aug 22, 2012

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    walking amongst historical buildings with great quaint stores, restos, pubs, is a marvel in old Vannes. The best walks are by the ramparts of the old castle, attached to city center and overlooking it. you can then go by pl henri IV, and down to the le Port , pleasure boat marina, passing by old pl des lices where the main market is held,also see the covered market and the fish market.

    A bit of history:
    These remparts were built between the 3C and the 17C to protect the city of Vannes. Founded by the Romans at end of 1C BC under the reign of Auguste, the civitas Venetorum was difficult to protect the city by the 3C even when the Roman empire was going thru its crisis. This first remparts serve the city for a thousand years. It was Duke Jean IV that at the end of the 14C that extend the remparts to the south to protect the new districts. He wanted to make Vannes a center of residence and a stronghold to hide in case of conflicts. The area was double and the Duke addes the new fortress of l’Hermine.

    The wars of the Leauge at the end of the 16C forced the city to enact several bastions or towers along the remparts , the éperon de la Garenne is the last defensive structure built in Vannes by 1630. From 1670, king Louis XIV sells in pieces all the stones of the remparts to finance its wars. The most significant came in 1697, when he bequest to the city of Vannes the ruins of the château de l'Hermine.
    you see more in French here at the city of Vannes heritage page
    http://www.mairie-vannes.fr/decouvrir_vannes/histoire_et_patrimoine/pleins_feux_sur_les_monuments_de_vannes/les_monuments_incontournables_de_vannes/707/index.html#remparts

    you can see the sights on the remparts that still remain such as
    Bastion Notre-Dame
    Porte Saint-Jean
    Tour du Bourreau
    Tour et porte Prison
    Tour Joliette
    Tour Poudrière
    Tour du Connétable
    Éperon de la Garenne
    Porte Poterne
    Hôtel Lagorce
    Porte et tour Calmont
    Tour Trompette
    Château de l'Hermine
    Porte Saint-Vincent
    Bastion de Gréguennic
    Porte et Barbacane de Gréguennic
    Bastion de Haute-Folie
    Tour Saint-François

    Magical area and the center of many manifestation,festivals etc in the city

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    Walk Vannes, part I

    by gwened Written Aug 4, 2012

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    walking is great, and when you are surrounded by history and quaint streets ,shops etc it is wonderful for the soul.

    I always do it, best way to see a city ,and Vannes is a wonderful city. You go by the porte Saint Vincent on rue Saint Vincent (he is buried at the cathedral St Pierre,and from Valencia Spain came here to spread the gospel of Jesus); the street is full of shops of wonderful quality, and up you go to the place de poids Public, where the measurements were taken to see how much to charge the merchants for their goods to be sold in the city, now its my shopping area.

    You definitively need to stop by the Le Port area, the IN place to be here, all the action is here, with sailors and boaters from everywhere mingling in with tourists and university student (large college town here over 10K students), and the locals like me, anytime for a glass in town ::)

    Coming in even by car on jean Gaugoud is already nice, passing by very narrow streets to get to the Le Port wonderful area; do it and you will be glad.

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    Chateau de l'Hermine , expos et concerts

    by gwened Written Aug 4, 2012

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    a wonderful building with a lot of history right by the remparts of Vannes and in front of its beautiful gardens/
    A bit of history
    Château de l'Hermine was an old castle now gone and integrated into the remparts of Vannes today. The castle at one time was the residence of the Dukes of Brittany between the 14C and the 16C. During the 18C a hotel mansion was built on its ruins and the name given was of hôtel Lagorce. Nevertheless it was and still is known as the château de l'hermine.

    It now serves as a place of expositions and concerts of the ville of Vannes, and can be visited during these events. A wonderful landscape building in the old silhouette of Vannes. Near the Le Port area.

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    See a garden of butterflies

    by gwened Written Jun 9, 2012

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    entrance to jardin aux papillons

    a wonderful enclosed garden full of many types of butterflies some didn't even know existed. wonderful for the whole family.
    All in an area full of activities for the young and those curious about things on earth. You are inside a tropical forest with butterflies flying around you under covered trails.

    open every day from April8 to September 30 , and schedules as such
    May and June from 10h -12h and 14h-18h
    July and August continuos from 10h to 19h
    the april to september run is open from 14h-18h (close the mornings)
    admission adults is 10€ and down for children

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    Le Cohue, musée de Beaux Arts

    by gwened Written Feb 26, 2012

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    or Fine Arts museum of Vannes in an old cave where wheat and foodstuff were kept from the middle ages, now it is a wonderful museum, that after walking by it so many times finally went in this morning. Open and free!!!

    In the Middle Ages, in the west of France, "Cohue" was the word used for market place. Located in the heart of the walled town, the "cohue" in Vannes was, in the Middle Ages, a possession of the Duke of Brittany, one of the main lords of the town. Dated in the 13th century, it was just composed of a central nave (the present central section) and sheltered the town's merchants.
    The Duke's courtrooms were installed on the first floor during the 15th century.
    Major renovation work was carried out in the 17th century on the upper room, which had been used since 1552 for the "Présidial", a Royal court of justice. The Brittany parliament met here during its exile from 1675 to 1689. The side chambers were also covered during this period. Today, the "Cohue" houses the permanent collections and exhibitions of the Vannes Fine Art Museum.

    usually its 5 euros admission, and has wonderful permanent paintings and temp exhibit like now the Incandesence show of paper paintings.
    a nice detour after a nice walk of the narrow streets around it

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    Walk the old town

    by Kate-Me Updated Aug 6, 2006

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    It was a Sunday when we were in Vannes, and since the Tourism Office was closed, we simply spent a couple of hours wandering right around inside the walled old town and the gardens just outside of it. A most pleasant walk indeed, and since it was Mother's Day, there weren't many people out on the streets at all - almost deserted, actually.

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