Rennes Things to Do

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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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    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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    Breton Signs

    by Goner Updated Jun 21, 2004

    I thought it was interesting that the Breton language is the only Celtic language spoken on the continent. The Breton language is actually very similar to the Welsh language.

    I noticed the Breton signs around Rennes, the The Breton language is beginning to show its presence in institutional life. The Côtes d'Armor and Finistère departments now provide bilingual signposts on all major department roads. .

    Directions: The Lices

    Breton Signs
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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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    The Parliment Building

    by Goner Updated Jun 19, 2004

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    The finest building in Rennes is the old parliament house (now the law-court), designed by Jacques Debrosse in the I 7th century, and decorated with statues of legal celebrities, carving, and paintings by Jean Jouvenet and other well-known artists. The town hail was erected in the first half of the 18th century. It contains the library and the municipal archives, which are of great importance for the history of Brittany.

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    Musee de Bretagne & Musee des Beau Arts

    by Goner Written Jun 18, 2004

    Musee de Bretagne, on the south bank of the Viaine Rive provides a look into the Breton past with displays of Breton furniture and costumes. There are displays on Brittany’s prehistoric megaliths with rural crafts.

    In the same building is the Musee des Beaux Arts with paintings from the 14th century including a room devoted to art on Breton themes. There are also paintings by Gauguin, Bernard and three works of art by Picasso. Gaugain lived and worked in Brittany from 1886-1890, he painted the landscape and its people He chose to concentrate of the primitive side of the Breton Catholic faith. In his painting Le Christ Jaune (1889) you will see Christ on the Cross with Breton landscape in the background.

    Address: 20 quai Emile Zola

    Directions: 02 99 28 55 84 (Musee de Bretagne
    02 99 28 55 85 (Musee des Beau Arts)
    open wed-mon, closed on public holidays

    A Street in Rennes

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    Discover the wonderful city of...

    by sandravdp Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Discover the wonderful city of ST MALO. When we we there there was a love bug invasion (happens three times a year there) but still I remembered it as the prettiest city ever.
    This city is build upon a hill and surrounded by old walls. The beach is around it.

    Address: Bretagne (Britanny), the west province of France.

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    The city of Quimper is very...

    by Jeannette1 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The city of Quimper is very famous for its faience. If you click on the photo to enlarge it you will see a large number of permanent, decorated plates on the outside facade. I have never seen this done anywhere else and I wonder how they keep them from breaking.

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    Facade of the Municipal Pool

    by GentleSpirit Written Sep 23, 2015

    On the way to St George's Palace you have to notice an ornate mosaic building that is...surprise, the municipal pool. I have never seen a pool this fancy before. I didn't go inside.

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    Half timbered buildings

    by alectrevor Updated Sep 10, 2015

    Delightful buildings. Rennes is the tenth largest city in France.The inhabitants of Rennes are called Rennaise in French.

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    St Pierra cathedral

    by alectrevor Updated Sep 10, 2015

    When i was there the cathedral was closed between 12 noon and 3 pm. Rennes is a city east of Brittanny in northwest France. Rivers are Lille an Vraine.

    St Pierre cathedral

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    Palace Saint Georges

    by alectrevor Updated Nov 7, 2014

    Saint Georges Palace is an historic building, formerly an abbey residence, built in 1670. Lovely gardens.

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    Piscine Saint Georges

    by alectrevor Updated Nov 7, 2014

    This Art Deco municipal swimming baths was built in 1925, the architect was Emmanual Rene Le Ray and is near the Palace Saint Georges.

    Address: Rue Gambetta Rennes.

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    Place des Lices

    by black_mimi99 Written Jan 18, 2012

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    Place des Lices is one of the highlight place in rennes, at day time as a great place to hangout and at night time also full of night life. So many restaurant and cafe.

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    Place de la Mairie

    by codrutz Written Sep 30, 2008

    In Place de la Mairie the City Hall of Rennes is a very nice building, a central body with large windows, and an adjacent tower with a clock

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