Rennes is a city of art and History. Brittany’s parliament building–is a major landmark of Breton heritage and boasts a gilt coffered ceiling in its Grand-Chambre or main chamber. Many colorful 15th-17th century timber-framed houses add to the charm of the mediaeval streets and enhance the lovely atmosphere of Brittany’s capital city.
Rennes offer a rich and varied programme of cultural and sporting activities, and the year is marked by all kinds of festivals and events–Transmusicales musical festival, Tombees de la Nuit street entertainment and Mythos story-telling festival, not forgetting of course the Opera, Orchestre de Bretagne or Theatre national de Bretagne. Rennes really is a lively city all year round.
Thanks to the quality and variety of its produce, Brittany is France’s second gastronomic region when it comes to chefs listed in national food guides. The annual Festival Gourmand, which promotes regional flavors, expertise and creativity and brings together a hundred or so chefs from Rennes and surrounding area, is proof of the dynamism.
Capital of Brittany (Bretagne), Rennes artfully combines its 2000-year-old history with a vibrant contemporary culture. The historic centre is notable for its well-preserved 16th- and 17th-century buildings, including colourful timber-framed houses.
And a large student population helps contribute to a lively arts scene, with nationally famous music, dance and film festivals.
Les Champs Libres:
The Champs Libres is Rennes’ cultural centre, housing the Brittany Museum, the Science Centre and the Public Library, as well as a shop and a café. It aims to fulfil Rennes’ slogan of ‘Vivre en Intelligence’ – live intelligently.
Parlement de Bretagne:
The Parliament of Brittany is probably the most famous 17th-century building in Rennes. Rebuilt after a fire in 1994, it houses the Rennes Court of Appeals.
Fine Arts Museum:
This former university hall features variety of paintings from the 15th-century to the present day. Includes works from such renowned names as Coypel, Rubens and Picasso.
Bordered by the canal and the river, the fascinating medieval quarter comes alive on Saturdays with a large street market in the Place des Lices.
Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Rennes:
Particularly worth looking out for at St Peter’s Cathedral is the contrast between the stark granite of the structure and the rich interior decoration – including slabs of rare marble from the Roman Forum, in front of the altar.