The best attractions of Nantes

Château des ducs de Bretagne, photo by dalbera/Flickr

Situated in western France, on the Loire River, the spectacular city of Nantes is a popular tourist attraction. It is the 6th largest city in the country. Nantes is home to numerous stunning buildings and attractions. The Castle of the Dukes of Brittany and the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul are two of the main tourist attractions in the city. There are also numerous churches and basilicas in Nantes. Besides the religious buildings, there are several museums, gardens, parks and other historical places in the city.

There are some magnificent squares in Nantes and the Passage Pommeraye is a fantastic and unique 19th century building which houses a small shopping mall. The city is undoubtedly a spectacular tourist destination.

The Castle of the Dukes of Brittany

The large castle named Château des ducs de Bretagne in French is a spectacular tourist attraction of Nantes. Between the 13th and 16th centuries the castle served as the residence of the Dukes of Brittany. Today it houses the History Museum of Nantes. The original castle is considered to be built in 1207 and rebuilt in 1466. It was restored between 1990 and 2007 and closed for the public for three years. The castle was reopened in 2007 and became a popular tourist attraction of the city. The museum includes exhibitions relating to the history of Nantes, Brittany and of the castle itself. It is open daily, except Mondays, from 10:00 to 18:00. The admission price is €5 and €3 for concessions. (September 2012)

Château des ducs de Bretagne, photo by dalbera/Flickr

The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul

It is a magnificent Roman Catholic cathedral. The building was built in Gothic style, on the site of a beautiful Romanesque cathedral. The construction began in 1434 and took about 450 years to finish. The wonderful towers which dominate the façade are 63 m high both. The gates are highly decorated and there is an external pulpit on the frontal façade of the cathedral. Its interior is also spectacular, with wonderful ornaments. There is also a fantastic monument located inside the cathedral, the tomb of Francis II, Duke of Brittany. It is made of Carrara marble and is a fantastic highlight of the cathedral.

The facade of Nantes Cathedral, photo by Mypouss/Flickr

The Fine Arts Museum of Nantes

Named “Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes” in French, the fantastic fine arts museum is a must-see attraction of the city. It was established in 1801 and was moved to its actual home, the stunning Palais des Beaux-Arts in 1900. The collections include both ancient and modern paintings, the works ranging from the 13th to the 20th century. The museum includes works of Rubens, Boudin, Delacroix, Monet, Renoir and Picasso, to name just a few of the worldwide famous artists. The museum can be visited daily except Tuesdays, from 10:00 to 18:00. The admission price is €4 for adults and €2.4 for concessions. (September 2012)

The Jardin des plantes de Nantes

It is a spectacular botanical garden which was established in 1806. The garden contains about 11.000 species of plants and there are wonderful ponds, paths and waterways inside it. There are also greenhouses and a palm house inside the botanic garden, including fantastic collections of orchids and cactus. Visiting the botanic garden is a great day out for the whole family. It is open daily and the admission is free. There is only an entry fee for the greenhouses. (September 2012)

Jardin des plantes de Nantes, photo by Mypouss/Flickr

 

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