In the region of Brittany there is a corner where time seems to have stopped, Vannes. A place full of magic and charm where history comes alive at every step. This beautiful town retains a medieval appearance as the main attraction. But Vannes It's much more, and we want to show you.
With a dazzling old town, Vannes is located very close to the sea, which makes it a renowned tourist spot. Stroll through its streets, sit down to enjoy one of its squares ... A perfect tribute to rest and a song of simplicity with echoes of eternity. Why Here you can rediscover the Middle Ages in only one way possible in France: with style, culture and romanticism.
Vannes: a municipality with medieval airs
Vannes stands from the 1st century. Sentinel on the banks of the Marle River, the town was an important center of commerce due to its geographical location, close to the Atlantic Ocean.Vannes - Oscity
At the end of the Middle Ages, the town was one of the main Breton cities. Proof of this are its stony streets, its imposing wall or its facades taken from the story. The wooden floors receive the traveler, immersing him in an unreal and beautiful atmosphere. The story comes alive here, inviting visitors to dream through architecture.
The oldest houses in the municipality date from the 15th century, like some of the mansions located there. The most famous of them, the Château Gaillard retains its original design today. Therefore, this building is currently part of the Vannes history museum.
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The wall of VannesWall - Rolf E. Staerk
There is no important medieval city that does not have a strong wall. This is the main and indispensable element in the Middle Ages because of its clear defensive component. Today this function has been lost, but Vannes still retains a magnificent wall.
Its walls surround the old town, protecting the cathedral, some small palaces and an infinity of beautiful half-timbered houses. It has six entrance doors, one of the oldest is that of the Prison, of the thirteenth century. Although without a doubt, the best known is the entrance in honor of Saint Vincent, patron of the town.
And in addition to the doors, Three beautiful towers built in the 15th century stand out. Next to one of them, the Torre du Connétable, you can see part of the old Gallo-Roman wall, built in the third century.
Vannes CathedralSt. Peter's Cathedral - RIRF Stock
Vannes' most amazing construction is undoubtedly its cathedral. Dedicated to San Pedro, the building is Gothic in appearance, but with a Romanesque soul. The place is a song of faith that dominates the entire walled enclosure.
This temple enchanted Alexander Dumas himself, who put the musketeer Aramis as bishop of this city. But beyond the anecdote, the temple is a must, because the beauty that permeates it competes with the most beautiful European cathedrals.
Its interior, although less spectacular than its facade, houses a treasure. In the choir are the remains of San Vicente Ferrer, who died in the village in the fifteenth century.
Vannes heartVannes - DaLiu
To enjoy the rhythm of this idyllic city it is necessary to get lost among its streets. These will take you to hiding places of lovers and magical places. But if what you want to enjoy is the life of Vannes, Gambetta Square is the perfect place to start the visit. There, you can sit on a terrace and enjoy Breton wine while watching the afternoon fall.
Another option is to visit the marina area. The hustle and bustle of boats creates a vision of the most entertaining, and is the perfect place for a walk without direction.
Vannes hopes to be discovered while hiding history and art among its walls. We end with a tip: if you want to contemplate the best views, you will have them at dusk from the Condestable Tower, five stories high. That is when the lighting acts as stars and the slate roofs return the lunar glow. A whole show.