15 Sights in Rennes, France (with Map and Images)
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1. Basilique Saint-Sauveur
The Basilica Saint-Sauveur in Rennes is a minor basilica of the Roman Catholic Church, known as Our Lady of Miracles and Virtues, located in the heart of the historic city center of Rennes in France. It was founded under the name of Saint-Sauveur before the 11th century. Expanded several times and rebuilt in the early 18th century, it was the seat of a parish for nearly three hundred years, until the Second World War, and again from 2002. Following several events described as miraculous in the 14th and 18th centuries, the cult of Mary developed strongly, culminating in its erection as a basilica in 1916. The building is classical in style and is particularly noteworthy for its furnishings: the baldachin of the high altar, the wrought iron pulpit, the organ, as well as the numerous ex-votos left by the faithful.
2. Théâtre national de Bretagne
The Théâtre national de Bretagne is a cultural institution established in Rennes in 1990 by combining the Centre dramatique de l'Ouest and the Maison de la Culture of Rennes. For some time it was called the "Great Eight" due to the shape of its building. Its mission is centered on creation, dissemination and training at regional, national and international levels. In 2002 it attained the status of European center of dance and theater production. Its director is Arthur Nauzyciel. He also runs the school along with French actor Laurent Poitrenaux. Every year in November the TNB organizes a festival called "Le Festival du TNB" and formerly called "Mettre en scène" (staging).
3. Église Toussaints
The Church of All Saints or All Saints, formerly the church of the college held by the Jesuits, is a religious building and Catholic place of worship in Rennes, of counter-reformation baroque style, located south of the Vilaine, rue du Capitaine-Alfred-Dreyfus. Designed from 1624 to 1651 as the church of St. Thomas College, this building became a parish church in 1803, replacing the old Church of All Saints, which stood 300 meters away.
4. Tour Duchesne
The Duchesne Tower is a fifteenth-century tower located near the Porte Mordelaise in Rennes, in the French department of Ille-et-Vilaine in Brittany. It takes its name from Jehan du Chesne, grand porter of Rennes and first inhabitant of the tower, who was responsible for opening and closing the gates of the city. Today integrated into the Hôtel d'Artillerie, the tower has been listed as a historical monument since 13 March 1944.
5. Espace des Sciences
The Espace des sciences is a center of scientific, technical and industrial culture (CCSTI) created on April 7, 1984 in the form of an association law of 1901. It is located in Rennes within the Champs Libres, as well as in Saint-Malo and Morlaix, where a branch is being created. The Espace des Sciences in Rennes welcomed 205,000 visitors in 2015, making it the largest in France after the Palais de la Découverte in Paris.
6. Palais Saint-Georges
The Saint George Palace is an historic building in the city of Rennes. Formerly an abbey residence, it was built in 1670 to replace a much older abbey building that stood on the same site. The Benedictine Abbey of Saint George was forced to close in 1792 during the French Revolution and the property was seized by the government. Since 1930 the building has been listed as a monument historique of France.
Notre-Dame-en-Saint-Melaine is a French abbey church located in Rennes — in the extension of the rue Saint-Melaine, in the northeastern part of the center of the medieval city — in the French department of Ille-et-Vilaine in Brittany. It is bordered on its south façade by the western end of the Thabor Park.
8. Église Saint-Germain
Saint-Germain is a parish church in Rennes located in the Neuve city. Parish of the rich merciers then parliamentarians, the building is flamboyant Gothic style. It was essentially erected from the 15th century to the 17th century. It keeps the oldest Rennes stained glass as well as quality organs.
9. Plages de Baud
Les Plages de Baud is a green space in Rennes, located on the banks of the Vilaine east of the city center, inaugurated in June 2019. This green space, composed of play and relaxation areas but devoid of swimming area despite its name, is part of the new Baud-Chardonnet development area.
10. Petit Hôtel de Chalain
The Petit Hôtel de Chalain is a private mansion located at 13, rue Saint-Georges in Rennes. It dates from the seventeenth century, built on three floors, it is backed by the grand hotel of Chalain dating from the eighteenth century and current presbytery of the church of Saint-Germain.
11. Centre des congrès de Rennes Métropole
The convent of the Jacobins, also called former convent of Bonne-Nouvelle, is a former religious building and barracks, located in the city center of Rennes. It includes a church, a cloister and conventual buildings. In 2018, the building became the congress center of Rennes Métropole.
12. Parc Hamelin Oberthür
Oberthür park is a public botanical garden located east of the Rennes center, in the French department of Ille-et-Vilaine in the Brittany region. His name is inherited from the Oberthür family, in particular François-Charles Oberthür who is originally and his wife Marie Hamelin.
13. Le Jeu de Paume
The Jeu de paume is a building located west of the Centre district of Rennes, at 12, rue Saint-Louis. It is the only surviving building of the former major seminary of the Eudists founded in 1670 and one of the oldest buildings of jeu de paume in elevation preserved in France.
14. Opéra de Rennes
The Rennes Opera is an Italian-style hall located in the city center of Rennes. It was designed by Charles Millardet and built by Pierre Louise in the nineteenth century. It is located Place de la Mairie, of which it constitutes most of the eastern side facing the town hall.
15. Hôtel de Courcy
Hôtel de Courcy is a private mansion located in Rennes, 9 rue Martenot, opposite the La Motte square and near Parc du Thabor. Built in around 1830, it was the property of several families of Rennes before being transferred to the State during the 20th century.
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