Rennes (French: Rennes, Gallo: Resnn, Breton: Roazhon, Latin: Condate, Condate Riedonum) is a city in the east of Brittany in north-western France. Rennes is the capital of the region of Brittany, as well as the Ille-et-Vilaine department. Rennes is classified as a city of art and history.
Main sights (http://www.tourisme-rennes.com/)
- The Parlement of Brittany: From a heritage and historical point of view, the Parlement of Brittany building is one of Rennes and Brittany’s finest tourist attractions. Steeped in history, this imposing law court overlooks the stately town square that bears its name, and features a wealth of 17th century French pictorial art.
- Fortifications: The ancient settlement of Condate, built at the confluent of the Ille and Vilaine rivers in the first century B.C., was probably founded by the Redones, the people of Armorica, and the Romans, the new masters of the whole of Gaul. At the end of the third century, the town known as “Civitas Riedonum” was given its first 1200m-high city wall. In the 15th century, the town’s rapid growth led to the construction of two further city walls to the north-east and south of the Vilaine, increasing the area of the walled city from 9 to 62 hectares. The Tour Duchesne and Portes Mordelaises are the main fortified remains from this period.
- Timber-framed houses: This tradition is explained by the presence of forests around the city. As in the rest of the Duchy of Brittany, in Rennes, the mediaeval-style timber-framed houses continued to be built until the mid 17th century, much later than the actual Middle Ages themselves. The fire which broke out on 23 December 1720 destroyed over 900 houses and buildings in just one week. Nevertheless, there are still numerous timber-framed houses to be seen in the streets off the city centre. Work to restore the fronts of the houses and buildings over the past twenty years has highlighted the expertise reflected in the structures, façades, staircases and wainscoting.
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