Rennes: A Historical and Cultural Treasure trove

Rennes, located at 300 kilometers southwest of Paris, towards the northwestern area of France, is the municipal capital of the region of Brittany and one of the most interesting towns of it as well.

There are several interesting characteristics about this city, such as, for example, its history and its constructions, some of them among the most ancient of the region.

The economy of Rennes

The economy is based on its agriculture as well as some industrial products. It produces an important amount of agricultural products which are consumed within the region as well as throughout several other places. Besides this, Rennes also produces farm equipment, railroad related products and cars among others.

The history of Rennes

At its origins, it was the main city of the Celtic Redones. After that, this town became part of the Romans domains, and the next important historic fact happened during the XX century, when it was named capital of Brittany. this way, this city has had an important role in many époques as well as it has gone through several important changes.

Cozy square in Rennes in France. It has a sculpture in front and traditional houses in the background.
Square in Rennes

During the XVIII century, around the year 1720, Rennes went through a disastrous fire which caused it to lose many of its original buildings and caused its general appearance to change. Later, during World War II, Rennes became again badly affected, this time for bombing, which again caused it to loose some of its constructions.

Beautiful constructions

Although many of its original buildings and constructions disappeared, many others still remain almost unchanged. Among these constructions there are, for example, the Duchesne Tower from the XV century, the Palais Saint Georges from the XVII century, the Opera from the XIX century, many mansions from the XVII century and others from the XIX century, and several squares from the XVIII century among others.

The Chapel of Saint-Yves

The Chapel of Saint-Yves is another great construction located in Rennes and which still shows many of its original characteristics unchanged. This building was constructed during the XV century, and is an amazing inheritance from the past.

Chapel of Saint-Yves located in Brittany in Rennes, France.
Chapel of Saint-Yves

Besides the construction itself, those who approach the Cathedral of Saint-Yves can also visit permanent exhibitions which take place within its walls.

Map of Rennes in France

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