Vitré Travel Guide

  • Vitré
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  • Vitre
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  • Notre Dame church @ Vitre
    Notre Dame church @ Vitre
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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...


    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...


    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!


    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.


    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...


    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...


    Both of these streets have a high number of timber-framed houses dating from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. These buildings developed not in width but in depth and most frequently around a courtyard. For example...................... A shop on the ground floor, place of production and sale, opening on to the street by a stall,The "noble" first...

  • More Medieval Houses

    The old city is full of twisting streets of half-timbered houses.... and we can enjoy each corner of the street that full of medieval houses like this....

  • Medieval houses

    This the medieval houses that next to Chateau of Vitre, and its a wonderful place to enjoy the houses of middle age. Timber-framed houses of a special type, called porch houses.

  • Mediaval street

    Surrounding the castle are the medieval streets and this rue d'Embas and rue de la Baudrairie have many timber-framed houses dating from the 15th-17th centuries when houses developed in height.

  • Walk the Town

    There are many interesting walks mapped out in Vitre by the tourist office. We decided to explore the walled town and ramparts, but the weather did not allow us. Persistent heavy rain forced us to get no further than the church of Notre Dame, seeing only some old houses before that. The 15 & 16C church had a curious pulpit on the South, outside...

  • Visit the Castle Museums

    The castle museum is mostly in the Tour de l'Argenterie, which retains much of its original decorative structures and various wall hanging including many fine tapestries. Most interesting are doorways and mantelpieces. The origninal circulat stairs take you from one level to another (too dark to photograph) and up to the highest level where the...

  • Scan the Inner Courtyard

    Facing the entry passage allow your eye to travel left (Southeast) past the original chapel entrance and the Renaissance loggia, which continues on the Northwest wall. Behind this the flying flags indicate the official town buildings and functions. Next comes the Tour de l'Oratoire and a sentry walk leading to the Tour de l'Argenterie which...

  • See the Castle Perimeter and Enter

    The late 14C Castle and town ramparts are built on a high spur of land with castle occupying the west end.(The castle was bought by the town in the 19C and the town hall and tourist office are within the grounds.) The castle is triangular with a point to the North and the entry on the South face via a drawbridge over a moat and between two massive...

  • Château de Vitré

    The castle is one of the best in Brittany, the first stone castle on this site dates from the end of the 11th century. The castle is now home to the town hall and a


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    by grayfo Updated Mar 16, 2007

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    Before discovering the old walled town, allow yourself a gastronomic treat in this traditional Crêperie located in one of the oldest buildings in the town. Prices from 11 to 25 euro’s.

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  • Champeaux: See the Church Interior

    The church has two mausolea of the Espinay family from the late 16C. Both show capable stone carving. There is wood carving of high quality in the choir stalls which extends to the Sacristy doorway and the choir canopies (about 1530).The Tomb of Claude d'Espinay shows an early use of a pyramid decorative form. The stained glass is mostly of the...

  • Champeaux: Small Town with a Well and a...

    Champeaux is small (300 pop). At its center sits a very old well surrounded by old stone (granite) buildings and a 14-15 C church with an austere old graveyard. .The church was built by the Espinay family who were cousins of Francois I. Their chateau is only 2 km away but we did not visit it. The church has a fine ship-keel ceiling and interesting...

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