Château des ducs de Bretagne

The Château des ducs de Bretagne (English: Castle of the Dukes of Brittany) is a large castle located in the city of Nantes in the Loire-Atlantique departement of France. It is located on the right bank of the Loire, which formerly fed its ditches. It was the residence of the Dukes of Brittany between the 13th and 16th centuries, subsequently becoming the Breton residence of the French Monarchy. Today the castle houses the Nantes History Museum. The 500-metre round walk on the fortified ramparts provides views not just of the castle buildings and courtyards but also of the town.

Machines of the Isle of Nantes

Les Machines de l’île are a totally unprecedented artistic project. Born from the imaginations of François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice, it is at the crossroads of Jules Verne’s "invented worlds", the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci, and of Nantes’ industrial history, on the exceptional site of the former shipyards. When this majestic animal goes out for a walk, it is like architecture in motion leaving a steel cathedral. 50 passengers can embark on an amazing journey. Once aboard, you will see the moving gears that power the legs. A machinist will tell you stories about the elephant and have it blast its trunk for your pleasure.

Nantes Cathedral

Nantes Cathedral, or the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul of Nantes (French: Cathédrale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul de Nantes), is a Roman Catholic church in the city of Nantes, Pays de la Loire, France. It is in the Gothic architectural style. The construction of the cathedral began in 1434, on the site of a Romanesque cathedral, and took 457 years to finish, finally reaching completion in 1891.

Natural History Museum of Nantes

Among the top few in France for its number of its specimens, the museum represents an important scientific heritage, and the sheer number of its specimens places it among the top few in France. Its collections cover all the areas of natural history: zoological collections, regional wildlife, mineralogy and also has a reptile house containing regional and exotic reptiles. It also houses temporary exhibitions.

Place Royale

Place Royale, located in the city center of Nantes, France, was designed in 1786 by the architect Mathurin Crucy of Nantes. Built in 1790 after the destruction of the medieval ramparts, it is the central element of a homogeneous ensemble of buildings in keeping with the classical architecture built on this occasion. It is endowed with a monumental fountain inaugurated in 1865. Dedicated from the beginning to commerce, it welcomed signs that marked the memories, and retained in the 21st century its commercial vocation.

Passage Pommeraye

The Passage Pommeraye is a small shopping mall in central Nantes, France, named after its property developer, Louis Pommeraye. Construction started at the end of 1840 and was completed on 4 July 1843. The Passage Pommeraye is a passage between two streets, the rue Santeuil and rue de la Fosse, with one 9.40 m higher than the other. Midway, there is a flight of steps and the mall then continues on another floor. Two architects, Jean-Baptiste Buron and Hippolyte Durand Gasselin, contributed to its design, which is very elaborate and includes renaissance style sculptures. The Passage Pommeraye has been classified as a historic monument since 1976.

LU Unique

The lieu unique is the national center for contemporary arts and music venue in Nantes, France. Opened on January 1, 2000, it is housed in a former biscuit factory at the center of the city. It was founded by Jean Blaise and is now directed (since January 2011), by Patrick Gyger. A place for meddling, the lieu unique is the home of a bar, a restaurant, a bookstore, a hammam, a day nursery and a gift shop. The iconic tower of the former factory, with a view on the city, can also be visited.
Published on July 12, 2017 Updated on July 20, 2017