11 Sights in Brest, France (with Map and Images)


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Explore interesting sights in Brest, France. Click on a marker on the map to view details about it. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 11 sights are available in Brest, France.

Sightseeing Tours in Brest

1. Église Saint-Martin

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Saint-Martin is the name of the districts of downtown Brest, north of the historic heart of Brest Rive Gauche, Brest itself. The district owes its name to its church, the Saint-Martin church. Until then, we were talking about the annexation district, as the district was built on Lambézellec lands, at the neighboring common time. These lands were acquired by Brest in the middle of the 19th century, while the place in Brest, a city surrounded by ramparts until reconstruction, came to be missed. Saint-Martin was little affected by the bombings of the Second World War, and saw its urban fabric dating mainly from the 19th century well preserved unlike the historic heart of Brest.

Wikipedia: Saint-Martin (Brest) (FR)

2. Tour Tanguy

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Tour Tanguy S.DÉNIEL / CC BY-SA 2.5

The Tour Tanguy, Bastille de Quilbignon or Tour de la Motte Tanguy is a medieval tower on a rocky motte beside the Penfeld river in Brest, France. Probably built during the Breton War of Succession, it faces the château de Brest and is now accessed by a road off the square Pierre Péron, at one end of the pont de Recouvrance. It now houses the Museum of Old Brest, a museum with a collection of dioramas that depict the city of Brest on the eve of World War II.

Wikipedia: Tour Tanguy (EN)

3. Église Saint-Louis

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The Saint-Louis de Brest church is a modern style monument erected during the reconstruction of Brest, after the Second World War on the ruins of the old church of the same name, built between 1686 and 1785. The church was devoted to Saint Louis, king of France. Work of architects Michel, Lacaille, Lechat, Perrin-Houdon and Weisbein, it is the largest French church rebuilt after the war, and is registered as historic monuments in 2018.

Wikipedia: Église Saint-Louis de Brest (FR)

4. Alain Robbe-Grillet

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Alain Robbe-Grillet was a French writer and filmmaker. He was one of the figures most associated with the Nouveau Roman trend of the 1960s, along with Nathalie Sarraute, Michel Butor and Claude Simon. Alain Robbe-Grillet was elected a member of the Académie française on 25 March 2004, succeeding Maurice Rheims at seat No. 32. He was married to Catherine Robbe-Grillet.

Wikipedia: Alain Robbe-Grillet (EN)

5. Naval Monument

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The Naval Monument, more commonly called the Pink Tower, is an American memorial erected in the 1930s Dajot Course in Brest to recall the action of the American navy in Europe during the First World War. Destroyed by the Germans during the Occupation, it was rebuilt identically in 1958. It has been listed as Historical Monuments since July 2015.

Wikipedia: Naval Monument de Brest (FR)

6. Abeille Bourbon

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Abeille Bourbon is a high seas emergency tow vessel, 80 metres (260 ft) long with a tractive power of 200 tonnes-force (2.0 MN), a crew of 12, designed by Norwegian naval architect Sigmund Borgundvåg. She was christened by Bernadette Chirac on 13 April 2005 in the presence of sponsor Jacques de Chateauvieux. She is based in Brest, France.

Wikipedia: Abeille Bourbon (EN)

7. Fort du Questel

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Questel Fort is a redoubt in Brest. It is a fortified structure of the Vauban type. It forms a closed square, with the main entry point placed on the least exposed side. This large quadrangle, 100 meters wide, is located between Fort Keranroux and Fort Penfeld, and is also part of the same fortifications as Fort Montbarey.

Wikipedia: Questel Fort (EN)

8. Canot de l'Empereur

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The emperor's canoe is a ceremonial canoe built for Napoleon I and reused by Napoleon III. It was kept in its home port in Brest, then transferred in 1943 to the Marine Museum in Paris. 73 years after the end of the war, he was returned to Brest where he was exhibited at the Capuchin workshops.

Wikipedia: Canot de l'Empereur (FR)

9. Le Fourneau

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The Fourneau is a national center of street arts and public space, written in a national professional network made up of factory places, companies and festivals. It is an establishment of creation and artistic production in public space based on the commercial port of Brest, in France.

Wikipedia: Le Fourneau (FR), Website

10. La Consulaire

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La Consulaire This photo was taken by Eusebius (Guillaume Piolle).Feel free to reuse it, but always credit me as the author as specified below. / CC BY 3.0

La Consulaire is the name of a very large Algerian Barbary artillery piece which famously defended Algiers harbour. It was looted by the French during the Invasion of Algiers in 1830, on 5 July, and taken as a trophy to Brest, where it is still displayed.

Wikipedia: La Consulaire (EN)

11. Jardin des Explorateurs

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Jardin des Explorateurs

Recouvrance is the section of the city of Brest, France, on the right bank of the River Penfeld. The popular and historically-Breton quarter is in contrast to the largely-Francophone quarter of Brest-même or Brest-proper, on the left bank.

Wikipedia: Recouvrance, Brest (EN), Website


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