Cities of France: Nantes

The sixth largest city of France and the center of historic Breton Duchy, lying in the lower course of Loire, 55 km from the sea, Nantes (Nantes, Naoned) today, oddly enough, does not even belong to this area. Gallam-based approximately in the first century. NS. Under the name Nemnets, in 1962, on the new administrative separation system of the country, NANT became the capital of the Department of Atlantic Loire. Nevertheless, local residents to such "little things" belong not too seriously and still consider themselves brortons, but their city – an integral part of Brittany.

Loire, the source of wealth of Nanta and its main transport artery, crossed the historical center of the seven channels, is currently leaks noticeably south, and the city quarters, still referred "Islands", long binding to the highway. However, the old layout is well noticeable even with a naked eye – the medieval urban center is concentrated around Chateau de Dume de Brittany Castle (IX-XVI centuries.) While graceful quarters of the XIX century lie noticeably west, for the overall channel. The defensive shafts of the castle have been preserved almost in pristine form, and the ours surrounding them are still filled with water, albeit in decorative purposes. And the former suppriety was turned into picturesque lawns, which are a popular place for picnics. Within the fortress walls, many old buildings were collected, most of them are built at different times and on independent projects from each other, and therefore more resemble the architectural exhibition in the open sky. Now here is located the historical Museum of Nancta, Museum of Arts, Museum of Decorative Art and Maritime Museum.

In 1800, the Slavnyar Tower, who served as Arsenal of the castle, exploded, inflicting a significant destruction of Saint-Pierre Saint-Pierre Cathedral in two hundred meters (Saint-Pier-E-Sep-Paul, XV-XIX centuries.). However, it was far from the last disaster associated with this temple – during the French revolution, he was used as a warehouse, during World War II suffered from bombing, and in 1972 – from fire. Carefully restored and re-open at the end of the 20th century, these days it is considered one of the brightest examples of French Gothic. And in his advance, the last rulers of independent Brittany – Francois II and his wife Margaret were buried. Also nearby are beautiful Saint-Louis Churches (Basilica Notre Dame de Bon, 1846 g.) at dance du Sanita, Sant Nicolas (1844 g.) and Saint Crue.

Home City Square Plyans-du Kommers, Museum of Church Art, Historical city center – Plyasa Royal, located in the XIX century mansion Archaeological Museum of Thomas Good, Cultural and leisure center in the former shipyards of the city on the island of Nantes (except extensive entertainment Exposure, here is the Museum of Machines), who deserved the title "one of the most beautiful bars in the world" Brasserie La Cigale Brewery and Located near the theater. Also deserve attention to the Museum of Natural History, a multi-level trading gallery Passage Pommeraaye (XIX in.), Museum of Jules Verne, City Hall (XVII in.), The press museum, completely built up the expensive boutiques of the street Crebillon and Orleans, the old cinema "Olympic" (1927.), the branch of the Maritime Museum – delivered to the eternal joke of the French destroyer Maille-Breze (D627), Lefevr-Util Tower (part of the historical confectionery factory of the city), Talenzak Market, New Palace of Justice (built in 2000 on the draft Jean Nouvelia), and also Beaujoire Stadium.

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