Visit Rennes by Mouse
is the capital of Brittany
, located in the eastern part in the department of IIle-et-Vilaine
. It is 214 miles northwest of
Paris and 44 miles south of St. Malo
. Rennes is a fairly large city whose metro area contains upwards of 500,000 people. It is also
a university city. The University of Rennes and other higher educational institutions contribute 40,000 students to the overall population.
The Vilaine and Ille rivers run through it.
The Parliament of Brittany is located there. Its building is a large, handsome
and imposing structure facing a large open area on the bank of the Vilaine river. From there it is a short walk to the Place
des Lice where there are many half-timbered buildings dating from the 1700's. Wooden structures before that time burned to the
ground and these were the replacements.
You also pass the town's covered market, Les Halles Martinot, built around 1870. A Saturday market is held there, the third largest
in France. Unfortunately we were not there on a Saturday. The photos (Slideshow)
page shows the Parliament building, half-timbered
houses, the Mordelaise gate and the remains of the Roman wall. The letter
reports our visit. There does not appear to be a tourist
office listed on the internet.
On the way to Place des Lice is the Mordelaise Gate
consisting of two towers and a drawbridge that once was the entrance to
the city in medieval days . Right there are the remains of the original Roman city wall dating from the third century.