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    Office de Tourisme de Vitré

    by grayfo Written Feb 6, 2015

    The Tourist Information Office is a good source for practical information, cottages, hotels, guest houses, restaurants, ideas for walks, hiking trails, recreation, sports, entertainment and all the other usual things.

    July to September
    Monday to Saturday: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm
    Sunday: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

    October to June
    Monday: 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm
    Tuesday to Friday: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    email info@ot-vitre.fr

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    Château de Vitré

    by grayfo Updated Dec 23, 2014

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    The castle is one of the best in Brittany, the first stone castle on this site dates from the end of the 11th century and replace an earlier one built of wood. The castle was rebuilt during the first half of the 13t h century in to its present triangular form although further alterations and extensions have followed. The castle was bought by the town in 1820 and is now home to the town hall and a museum.

    email musees@mairie-vitre.fr

    July 1990

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    Chateau de Vitré,interiors

    by gwened Written Nov 9, 2014

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    As much as it is nice outside, Inside is better ,and see the tip on the exteriors.

    this is Worth enough reason to visit Vitré alone. It is just 4€ adult admission a bargain, and the property is wonderful.

    Some on the Inside already in the exterior page.
    The castle is done with huge walls surrounding it, and a huge courtyard, now housing the city hall or city govt offices, and a museum up the tour Saint Laurent across the ramparts to Tour de l’Argenterie and finally the tour de l’Oratoire.

    Each room is name after a famous personality related to the castle. I have been to the city hall on visit not tourism, and this time took the family so we saw the whole thing,and it is a must to visit here and Worth a detour just for it.

    The museum is loaded and richly shown with nice clean détails of life back then. There each room has a motif related to it like the Salle des Marchands d’Outre Mer saw how the merchants of the old French post lived, then Salle Henri de la Trémouille retraces the founders, Salle Claude-Etienne Savary, with silver utensils, Chapelle Seigneuriale in the tour de l’oratoire or prayers tower with religious objects of great value, Salle Raoul David with paintings of the master with many scènes of castle life, chemin de ronde, a small cozy space for family life and heated; Salle Aimée des Nétumiéres, tapestries and uniform of French nobility. Richly wonderful, Worth the detour for it.

    You can continue by going along rue Pasteur at no 15 the museé Saint Nicolas with many more items than on the castle and the old building of the monastery of Saint Nicolas today a training center educational organism.
    http://www.brittanytourism.com/discover-brittany/heritage/vitre

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    Chateau de Vitré,exteriors

    by gwened Written Nov 9, 2014

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    wonderful property Worth a detour to Vitré along, nice architecture, great shape, and beautiful Inside.
    http://www.mairie-vitre.com/Joyau-d-architecture-medieval,146.html

    It all began way back in 1010AD, when the first one in wood was done, it was not until Robert I in the 11C that a stone castle was built. However, it was not until the baron André III,in the first half of the 12C that gives it the current form, triangular, with a big tower circular donjon and in a rocky hill surrounded by dry wells.

    A departmental prison is built by the chapel seigniorial and occupies the entire North, including Magdalen Tower. The prison became garrison upon the arrival of the 70th regiment of infantery from 1867 to 1877. The castle was bought by the State in the 19C. It was restored from 1875 and a small museum was housed since 1876. Paradoxically, it does destroy the Collegiate Church of the Madeleine, located on the forecourt of the Castle. A school for boys is built in the place..and the square is surrounded today by elementary schools. Nowadays, the Town Hall of Vitré is installed inside the enclosure of the Castle, in a reconstructed building in 1912 according to the plans of the medieval house.

    You entered the castle thru a medieval entrance passing the still dry moats and seeing the fabolous goat eating grass on the slopes of the moat. You get your tickets and enter the courtyard, tothe left there is the tower of Saint Laurent where the tour begins up the stairs sometimes narrow, at the second level it connects with the ramparts that takes on the journey to the tower of Argenterie and onwards to the tower of the Oratoire.

    In the center of the courtyard there is a deep well, covered, and the nice stair entrance to the hotel de ville is on your right as you enter the castle.

    Château de Vitré, is one of the most remarkable fortress in city center in France, and it is very nice richly decorated and fair admission of 4€ adults. The whole castle is in a parvis that once belongs to a monastery. The castle is done with huge walls surrounding it, and a huge courtyard, now housing the city hall or city govt offices, and a museum up the tour Saint Laurent across the ramparts to Tour de l’Argenterie and finally the tour de l’Oratoire. Each room is name after a famous personality related to the castle. I have been to the city hall on visit not tourism, and this time took the family so we saw the whole thing,and it is a must to visit here and Worth a detour just for it. The museum is loaded and richly shown with nice clean détails of life back then. There each room has a motif related to it like the Salle des Marchands d’Outre Mer saw how the merchants of the old French post lived, then Salle Henri de la Trémouille retraces the founders, Salle Claude-Etienne Savary, with silver utensils, Chapelle Seigneuriale in the tour de l’oratoire or prayers tower with religious objects of great value, Salle Raoul David with paintings of the master with many scènes of castle life, chemin de ronde, a small cozy space for family life and heated; Salle Aimée des Nétumiéres, tapestries and uniform of French nobility.

    Richly wonderful, Worth the detour for it. see the interior tip too

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    Church Notre Dame,interiors

    by gwened Written Nov 9, 2014

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    wonderful interiors, clean well kept and nicely positioned, a marvel for the eyes , needs to be seen.see my exteriors tip here too.

    Church of Notre-Dame de Vitré offers a most unusual plan for a Breton Church. The nave is there deploys over six spans and is located between two collateral serving six chapels to the North, five in the South and a sacristy. The development of the nave is stopped by the powerful pillars bearing the crossing of the transept extended part and on the other by two arms, each with an Eastern apse. A deep choir, form rectangular and off to the right, extended the building to the East.

    The transept, while flamboyant Gothic, betrays a spatial organization inherited a roman church. Five doors give access to the church: one, in the center of the western façade, two South side of the building at the level of the third (the middle gate) Chapel and transept (upper gate), one in the north transept and the last in the costal North of the choir of monks. The latter two served under the ancien régime the Priory of the Benedictine monks. The southern access enshrined the pre-eminent role of the facade facing the city . Nowadays, the altar where to celebrate the offices still occupies the last span of previous nave of the transept crossing.

    This is a full description of the chapels as per Church brochures.
    The stained glass of the manorial Chapel last chapel in the South aisle, on the floor of the old sacristy, it houses a fragment of an Annunciation dating from the end of the 15C. The Archangel Gabriel is placed in a kiosk flamboyant floor, before a background of ornate Damascus.
    The North window of the choir monks, It conceals his drum in a Crucifixion and two shields: one, on the left, Windows (the lion rampant destroys money), the other, right, of the family of Montmorency-Laval (of gold ), second branch of the House of Laval, who held the castle of Vitré from 1254 to 1547.
    The third South Chapel of Notre-Dame church serves as the setting to the canopy narrating Christ's entry to Jerusalem. dates from 1537. It's a stained glass square table finding surrounded by a renaissance (entablature, columns, capitals, curved pediment) flock putti, heads of cherubs, bucranes, ancient in medallions heads, all decorated with plant garlands
    The choir of glass contains a work by the master glassmaker René Nantes escaped in the assumption of the Virgin. It was installed in 1852 after was taken out the previously obstructed axial window.
    The apsidal Chapel overlooking the south transept window contains a composition too difficult to decrypt, theological content where the Virgin Mary intercede with Christ for repentant sinners such as Adam and Eve or St. Augustine presented by his mother Saint Monica.
    thumbnails fifteen mysteries of the Rosary inherited from medieval works with an array contained the donation of the Rosary to St. Dominic by the Virgin, type of figuration spreading from the Renaissance. This work, dating back to 1870, there also nine medallions illustrating the litany of the Virgin

    The stained glass windows of the Northern chapels
    First Chapel: Jesus is baptized in the Jordan by John the Baptist in the presence of the Virgin, 1884.
    Second chapel: St. Michael slaying the dragon, stained glass dated 1884.
    Third Chapel: behaviour of cross, 1886 .
    Fourth chapel: the Virgin and St. Elizabeth, accompanied by their sons, Jesus and John the Baptist.
    Fifth Chapel: life of the Virgin in ten thumbnails.
    Sixth Chapel: the Sacred Heart between Saint-François de Sales and Saint-Augustin, work dated from 1885.

    The stained glass windows of the southern chapels
    First Chapel: the Resurrection of Christ, 1884.
    Second chapel: St.-Louis, St. Francis of Assisi and St. Elisabeth of Hungary, 1888.
    Fourth chapel: Adoration of the shepherds and arrival of the Magi, 1888
    Fifth Chapel: Presentation of Mary at the Temple, 19C

    The organ was donated in 1641 destroyed during the French revolution, and smaller new one done in 1881, was given away and there is one now a replica from 1971. There is a grand organ done from 1851 and still there.
    Painting Inside are
    The coronation of Cecilia: oil on canvas dating from 1646 hung on the reverse of the western façade, in collateral North.
    San Sebastian oil on canvas painted in 1640 by vitreous Jean Picart, sieur Bellemaison, table of the altarpiece in the third Chapel of collateral North.
    Christ on the cross between the Virgin and Saint John, accompanied by seven donors kneeling: oil on wood from the 15C once presented in the fifth Northern Chapel and stolen in 1969.
    Descent from the cross: dated 1626, she was painted by vitreous Mathurin Bonnecamp. Gracing the northern wall of the choir monks, at the centre of the altarpiece made by Laval Jean Martinet for the parish in 1624
    Sainte-Barbe protecting the church Notre-dame of lightning: dating back to 1769, this painting by Philippe Matozrec helps to understand the building at the end of the former regime. This artwork is hanged in the costal South of the choir monks.
    Virgin and child: table attributed to Jean Picart, dating from the 1640s, and preserved in the altarpiece of the first Southern Chapel.

    Furniture around go from the 15C onwards and the bells four of them, the main one weights 5 800 kg .

    awesome again needs to be seen.

    Church Notre Dame nave grand organ of Notre Dame chapel manorial chapel adoration of the shepards chapel of apse,the Virgin interceding
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    Church Notre Dame,exteriors

    by gwened Written Nov 9, 2014

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    My favorite in town, richly done in architecture outside much in the historical center of Vitré.

    It is Inside the old enclosure city of Vitré before the ramparts were open,it was the Church of the rich overseas merchants, done in flamboyant gothic style in the 15C and 16C. Although there was a Church here as far back as 1060 done by Robert I.

    Great look on the seven arches that can be seen from rue Notre-Dame and gives the best look of the Church from an architecture point of view,and one of the best examples of arches done in fortified towns like Vitré. The four arches on the right were done between 1480 and 1500,and the three on the left were added in between 1530 and 1540.

    The western facade of the Church goes back to 1550. It is less work than that of the South side showing a decoration more in the Renaissance style. The part north is really empty of décorations it originally led to the cloister of the prieury of Bénédictines before ceding to the Mauristes in the 17C, to the northeast you have the back or chevet of Notre-Dame.

    An octagonal Spire with each panel presents at its base a skylight and is perforated hexalobes, quinte-sheets, Quad and trilobes, hooks lining the edges. This composition is substituted for a low roof four sided, built after the belfry and Spire original were stormed in 1704. An array stored inside the building, to know this Coronation of frame and slate more in keeping with the tradition of Haute-Bretagne. On the other hand, each side of the door bell tower a dial, recalling that without the municipal belfry the Bell Tower of Notre-Dame was until the 18C the Town Hall clock

    The beauty is Inside see interiors. see more in Mayor's office
    http://www.mairie-vitre.com/Eglise-Notre-Dame.html

    Church Notre Dame decorative side of Notre Dame entrance to church Notre Dame belltower of Notre Dame
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    church of Saint Martin

    by gwened Written Nov 9, 2014

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    This is an imposing Church coming into town by car you are facing it on the D777 bd des Rochers. Catholic site here
    http://egliseinfo.catholique.fr/communaute/rn%2F35%2Fsaint-martin-de-vitre-centre#lieu:35/vitre/saint-martin-de-tours
    http://paroissedevitre35.cef.fr/

    From the old one done by 1470 the new Church was done in the Latin Cross, choir and transept covering the vault,and dome with transept in cross, the nave is of neo gothic style and has large arcades. The Church of Saint-Martin was built between 1868 ( first stone bénédiction) ,and 1895 (consécration). The sculptures of the chapters done between 1892- 1893, the stained glass from the 20C, and monumental paintings done from 1956-1957.

    Church Saint Martin steps of Saint Martin the tympan front door of St Martin side back of St Martin arriving Vitr�� bd des Rochers
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    Chateau des Rochers Sévigné

    by gwened Written Nov 9, 2014

    This is a wonderful property of Mme de Sévigné in Brittany, and it is now UNDER RENOVATION AND CLOSE. Just when brought the family to see it. We will be back, its only 2 hrs from us...and better pictures.

    It is near Vitré about 5 kms so leaving it here, on the road D88 direction Argentré du Plessis ,right next to the golf course part of the park of castle. Golf is open. webpage here http://www.vitre-golf.com/

    I give you some history and more later.

    It is built on a rocky hill - from which it takes its name - by the ancestors of Henri de Sévigné, breton Aristocrat, who married in 1644 Marie de Rabutin-Chantal. The House is built on an L-shaped plan and has two towers. There is also an octagonal Chapel, built by Madame de Sévigné in 1671 to his uncle the Abbé de Coulanges, named Bien-Bon, the stables and the common added in the 18C. At the bottom of the garden, a wall in the form of arcs causes an echo when viewed on a slab.

    The garden à la française was created in 1689 and restored in 1982. The whole is surrounded by a wooded park whose walkways were all baptized by Madame de Sévigné, who stayed several times at the castle after the death of her husband. It is in this House that she wrote many of his famous letters to his daughter, Françoise de Sévigné, Countess of Grignan

    a nice historical property and easy to get to. Tourist office
    http://www.ot-vitre.fr/loisirs/sevigne.html

    mayors office in contact.

    Chateau des Rochers S��vign�� closer walls to entrance to castle high over the wall the tip of the castle the walls surrounding the castle parking of chateau in the forest
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    Jardin du Parc

    by gwened Written Nov 9, 2014

    This is a wonderful park garden that for us rang up there with the castle. it is very well kept clean expansive with trees, flowers and animal life roaming the park. It has great sights and a beautiful place for the family.

    It was near where we park so walk by and found it. It has 7 hectares or about 17 acres in an English style with over 50 species of trees (cypress, pine,séquoia, cedar, genévrier,etc...).
    Done in 1897, there is a musical kiosk along the lake, and further there is a vol view done in 1907 and you can see a ice machine from the 17C, and a deer cage from 1887.

    This was done from the property of the château-Marie, residency of the Princess de Tarente, widow of Henri-Charles de la Trémoille, baron de Vitré. In December 21 ,1867, the city of Vitré acquired the enclosure of the park with the following precision "the walkways and roads of the park will be open to the public in perpeiturity.

    There is even a hydrometer by the lake to measure the rain. It is a wonderful place you should visit it too. I will have more pictures in the travelogue

    glaci��re ice kept from the 17C the pigeons house for kids musical kiosk deer cage
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    WALK & GET LOST!

    by balhannah Written Aug 31, 2011

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    This is the best way to see Vitre. The "old town" is not that huge, and it is easy to walk around. I just went where-ever my nose took me, and I think I covered nearly every street in the old town. I saw wonderful old houses, amazing architecture and old style shops. It was a great experience, and one you should have if you come here. Forget about following the map!

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    NOTRE DAME CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Aug 31, 2011

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    The multi-gabled, gothic Notre Dame Church was reconstructed between 1440 & 1580 in the style of the 15th & 16th centuries. The church has 7 gables, decorated with pinnacles. The idea of all the gables, is to let more light in, as, unlike many other Churches, it doesn't have any tall windows. Check out the external pulpit and its two doors that are finely sculpted. Also check out the Renaissance stained-glass window representing Christ's entry into Jerusalem in the right aisle in the 3rd bay.

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    RAILWAY STATION

    by balhannah Updated Aug 31, 2011

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    The Vitre Railway station, I thought was a nice looking, different building. It was built in the 1850's in Neo-Gothic style, blending in with the rest of the city. With alternating courses of brick and limestone, the white and red colours stand out, and that is why I noticed the building and took the photo, it is different to the norm!

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    SAINT MARTIN

    by balhannah Updated Aug 31, 2011

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    Saint-Martin, built in 1883, is a lovely neo-Romanesque church that stands out in town.

    There was an 'old' St. Martin, but it became too small, and the one I saw today, is the new one. Built in local "schist stone,' it has tall steeples and is very impressive to view.

    All that is left of the "old" St. Martin, is the 16th century tower.

    St. Martin St. Martin in the distance
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    VITRE CASTLE

    by balhannah Written Aug 30, 2011

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    Heading into town, this Castle dominated the left hand side of the road. We rounded some bends on a narrow road, coming out into an open area where we could park our car and enter the castle. No luck in visiting the Castle, we were too early!

    So, I will tell you a little about the Castle..........
    Baron Robert 1st decided to build the castle on the rocky shale outcrop around 1060. During the first half of the 13th century, there were towers connected by defensive walls. In the late 14th and early 15th century, quite a few more changes were made, one of them being and underground defensive system.
    In the 16th century, it was a place of refuge during the French Wars of Religion. The castle became a Huguenot stronghold and stood against a five month siege by the Duke of Mercur. In the 17th century, the Castle was crumbling and abandoned, fire destroyed some parts and the St. Laurent Tower fell.
    The Castle was repaired, and then used by the Army and as a Prison.

    Luckily, in 1820, the lovely Vitre Caste was purchased by the town of Vitre for 8500 francs. Declared a Historical Monument, restoration began and now this beautiful Castle is here for all of us to see.

    The Castle museum is open from 10.30 am closing for lunch, and then re-opening from 2pm - 5.30pm or 6.30pm, depending on the month of your visit.

    ADMISSION IN 2011 .....Adults....4 euros

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    FORMER BOURIENNE CROSS-ROADS

    by balhannah Updated Aug 30, 2011

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    The rue d'Embas and rue de la Baudrairie have many timber-framed houses dating from the 15th-17th centuries when houses developed in height. If you have a look at them, I notice the base is small, and each layer going upwards, overhangs making these homes look top heavy.
    In this street, there were Porch houses, although the porches have disappeared now.
    The intersection of the rue d'Embas, rue de la Baudrairie and rue de la Poterie was called the Bourienne crossroads. Once, there were two wooden halls here. One, from the 13th century, enabled the sale of meat to be controlled and taxed, and from the 14th to the 17th century, an open hall enabled the sale of bread, then meat. These halls were destroyed toward 1809 and 1817 respectively.
    Two other halls stood at the Gatesel crossroads: the fish hall and the corn hall.
    The rue Garengeot was laid out between 1856 and 1862.

    The cross-roads Houses in these streets Look up!
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