Rennes in Brittany

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Republique Square and Palace of Commerce © Pline

Republique Square and Palace of Commerce © Pline

Rennes is a city in the east of Brittany in northwestern France. Rennes is the capital of the region of Brittany, as well as the Ille-et-Vilaine department. From 1954 onward, the city developed extensive building plans to accommodate upwards of 220,000 inhabitants, helping it become the third fastest-growing city in France, after Toulouse and Montpellier.

Rennes is classified as a city of art and history. The historic centre is located on the former plan of the ramparts. There is a difference between the northern city centre and the southern city centre due to the 1720 fire, which destroyed most of the timber framed houses in the northern part of the city. The rebuilding was done in stone, on a grid plan. The southern part, the poorest at this time, was not rebuilt.

Due to the presence of the parlement de Bretagne, many hôtels particuliers were built in the northern part, the richest in the 18th century. Most of the monuments historiques can be found there.

Parliament of Brittany © Jean lenavetier City hall on Rue de l'Horloge © Alexandre260 University of Rennes - Economy Faculty © XIIIfromTOKYO Rue Saint-Michel © Selby Rue Saint Melaine © Artichaut Republique Square and Palace of Commerce © Pline
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University of Rennes - Economy Faculty © XIIIfromTOKYO
Colourful traditional half-timbered houses are situated primarily along the roads of Saint-Sauveur, Saint-Georges, de Saint-Malo, Saint-Guillaume, des Dames, du Chapitre, Vasselot, Saint-Michel, de la Psallette and around the plazas of Champ-Jacquet, des Lices, Saint-Anne and Rallier-du-Baty.

Rennes invests heavily in arts and culture and a number of its festivals (such as the music festival Les Transmusicales, les Tombées de la Nuit and Travelling (a cinematic festival)) are well known throughout France. Rennes was one of the first towns in France to have its own television channel ‘TV Rennes’, created in 1987. In Rennes is the only Institut Franco-Américain in France.

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