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February 15, 2019

France: Rennes

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Art in Rennes

The capital of the modern region of Brittany, the city of Rennes is located about four hours by car to the west of Paris. It’s an historic place. The commune’s history goes back more than 2,000 years.

Established as a small Gallic village named Condate, Rennes together with Vannes and Nantes, was one of the principal cities of the ancient Duchy of Brittany. From the early sixteenth century until the French Revolution, Rennes served as a parliamentary, administrative and garrison city of the historic province of Brittany of the Kingdom of France.

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In modern times Rennes has grown as an industrial center starting in the 1950’s. During the 1980s, it became one of the main centers in France for telecommunication and high technology. By 2015, the city was the tenth largest in France, with a metropolitan area of around 720,000 inhabitants.

Though it is one of France’s larger cities, Rennes’s metropolitan area is spread ou; the city does not suffer the urban intensity brought on by a densely packed populace. Its universities also influence the commune’s vibe. Rennes is home to 66,000 university students. College towns often have a younger more dynamic feel. And so it is with Rennes.

We found Rennes to be culturally rich and enjoyable. It is atmospheric with its iconic half-timbered buildings clustered among the vestiges of its medieval street plan. It’s France and like all significant French cities bars, restaurants, and museums are scattered through the urban center

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Rennes wasn’t our favorite place to visit in Brittany but the region sets a high bar. Certainly Rennes ranks well as a French city stop for tourists. Indeed in 2018, L’Express named Rennes as “the most livable city in France”.


Our visit to Rennes was in August of 2018. It coincided with the “Exhibition of the Pinault Collection ‘Debout!’” at the Couvent des Jacobins and the Musée des Beaux-Arts.


1 Comment »

  1. Words cannot express how much I love this post! So beautiful!

    Comment by VacationLikeALocal — February 15, 2019 @ 9:41 pm

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