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The Saint George Palace is an historic building in the city of Rennes. Formerly an abbey residence, it was built in 1670 to replace a much older abbey building that stood on the same site. The Benedictine Abbey of Saint George was forced to close in 1792 during the French Revolution and the property was seized by the government. Since 1930 the building has been listed as a monument historique of France. The front garden and main façade face south and the building lies very near the north bank of the Vilaine river, and is within sight while travelling north along rue Jean Janvier. It is served by the Métro station République. In 1032, Duke Alain III of Brittany founded the Benedictine abbey of Saint George on behalf of his sister Adèle, who became the convent's first abbess.
Church of Notre-Dame-en-Saint-Melaine
Museum of Fine Arts of Rennes
The Museum of Fine Arts of Rennes is a municipal museum in the French city of Rennes, the capital of Brittany. Its collections range from ancient Egypt antiquities to the Modern art period and make the museum one of the most important in France outside Paris, notably for its paintings and drawings holdings. The museum was established in 1794 during the French Revolution like most of the main French museums. Its first collections were the confiscated artworks of the churches and public buildings of Rennes. The collection include paintings created between the 14th and 20th centuries. Primitive and Renaissance painting is represented with works by Paris Bordone, Paolo Veronese, Leandro Bassano, Maarten van Heemskerck and of the School of Fontainebleau.
Rebuilt in the 14th century and this magnificent structure offers a mix of Romanesque and Gothic styles.The golden Virgin that surmounts the copper dome measures no less than 6.20 m in height. On the left, on the other side of the entrance to Thabor, there is a part of the old cloister and its arcades.
All that remains of the former Benedictine abbey is the abbot's residence, the cloister with its elaborate sculpted decoration and the convent church. The church features elements from the Romanesque era alongside tombs, statues and 19th-century and contemporary stained glass windows.
Enjoy strolling around one of France's most beautiful parks. As you explore the wonders of the Thabor gardens, you'll be drawn to the romantic, elegant atmosphere. Here even "L'Enfer" – which means "hell" in French – is a delightful open-air theatre venue. The former garden of the monks of Saint-Melaine Benedictine Abbey was redesigned by Denis Bühler, a famous 19th-century landscape artist. This park boasts French-style gardens, an English-style park, a cave, bandstand, aviary and an impressive rose garden featuring over 2,000 varieties. The Jardin botanique du Thabor, also known as the Jardin botanique de la Ville de Rennes, is a compact but significant botanical garden located at the eastern side of the Parc du Thabor, Place Saint-Mélaine, Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, in the region of Brittany, France.
A castle entrance gate with two towers, defended by a drawbridge and featuring two smaller gates for carriages and pedestrians, once led to Mordelles. This symbolic setting was where the future Dukes of Brittany swore an oath to defend Brittany's freedoms. The mediaeval walls to the west were built on the site of a third-century wall. An artillery platform was added on the fortified gateway (or barbican) to protect this entrance to Rennes.
Foods You Must Try in Rennes
Scallops cooked in their shells with mushrooms, cheese, potatoes, shallots, and white wine toped with crispy breadcrumbs. Great for a cold day and truly a soul-satisfying delicious treat.
If you enjoy oysters on the half shell at all, Rennes is the city to indulge in this treat. Enjoy freshly shucked oyster with a sprinkle of lemon, best oysters in France (and maybe the world) are harvested in a town called Cancale, a small town on the northern Brittany coast. In fact, these oysters are so good that King Louis XIV had his oysters brought to Versailles from this town.
Since the freshest mussels found in Brittany, this is an excellent place to enjoy this dish. The mussels are usually steamed in a shallot, parsley and white wine sauce and served with a pile of crispy little French fries. It’s like the Breton version of fish and chips - with its own dipping sauce. The sauce à l’Armoricaine is a traditional French recipe from coastal Brittany.
This fish has a very bland but firm flesh and so has been used traditionally and still to this day, as a replacement for Lobster- thus the name “poor mans’ lobster”. Saying that, the economic factor is becoming somewhat obsolete since it’s now not uncommon to pay expensive prices due for this dish to increasing costs related to boat fuel and transport.
The Rolls Royce of fish stews, this Breton favorite uses lobster (usually from the town of Roscoff), shrimp, oysters, mussels and scallops. This is quite the party pot.
This is a hearty fish stew perfect for a chilly coastal day. It is usually made from monkfish and/or mackerel and mixed with onions, parsley, white wine, garlic and potatoes.
In addition to the many seafood dishes, Brittany also has a reputation for excellent lamb, which is raised on the the salt water fields in the region. It is usually served with some of the abundant vegetables grown in the region and, because you are in France, some kind of delightful sauce.
Crêpes have become a popular treat all over France, but the flat pancake actually originated in Brittany. The galette, a buckwheat version of the crepe, is usually served with savory fillings like ham, cheese and egg, as the main course. Sweet crêpes are filled with chocolate, fruit or sugar and eaten as dessert or a snack. Wash these down with a cup of Breton cider and enjoy!
The sauce à l’Armoricaine is a traditional French recipe from coastal Brittany where it is most commonly prepared with shellfish, or used to flavour firm white-fleshed fish such as La Lotte or Monkfish - otherwise known as poor man’s lobster. It’s creation dates back to 1860 when it was first made by French chef Pierre Fraisse - a Breton who had been working in Chicago and recently returned to Paris where he opened his own restaurant serving traditional Britannic cuisine.
These are baked clams stuffed with garlic, herbs, shallots and cooked in white wine. If that description didn’t sell you, I don’t know what would. These are great, and with fresh Brittany clams, you can’t ask for more.
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The Vilaine River is part of Brittany's canal system, built mainly in the 19th century for relatively small barges. The entire system was transferred to the Brittany Region in 2011. In Rennes the river connects to the Canal d'Ille et Rance hence the Rance estuary, which enters the English Channel at Saint-Malo. In Redon it crosses the Canal de Nantes à Brest, giving access to Pontivy and the Blavet (west) and Nantes (east). The river's source is in the Mayennedépartement, and it flows out into the Atlantic Ocean at Pénestin in the Morbihan département. It is 218 km long. The river passes through four main towns (Rennes, Vitré, Redon and La Roche-Bernard).
Gros Plant is a varietal of grape. This French Pays de la Loire wine produced as well “sur la lie” is a full-bodied wine. Renowned for its strong bouquet, Gros Plant can be a bit acid for the taste buds but this is what makes the value of this robust wine. Gros Plant is also the varietal known as Folle Blanche, the base of the finest Cognacs and Armagnacs just a short hop to the south. Pale lemon-gold in the glass, Jousseliniere’s Gros Plant offers aromas of straw, white currants, golden raspberries, lemon pith, gardenia blossoms, and wintergreen.
This subtle union of the best fresh cassis, a long maceration, and the expertise of Pierre Seznec give this liqueur qualities that make it famous. Renowned for the great power of their flavor and delicacy of flavor, the blackcurrants in Britain are harvested and carefully selected before being macerated.
This subtle union of the best fresh cassis, a long maceration, and the expertise of Pierre Seznec give this liqueur qualities that make it famous.
Cidre Pays d’Auge is very balanced with a nice mix of both fruity and earthy notes. The balance and nice complexity make this a very enjoyable and drinkable French Cider and certainly one worth checking out. In the scheme of European family owned alcohol producers, 3 generations is practically a brand new business. The Drouin family has only been at it for 56 years, but have already formed a strong family dynasty with the 3rd generation already involved in the family’s orchards and distillery. Today, the 2nd and 3rd Generation are making world recognized and award-winning Calvados, cidres, and poires. This is their Cidre Pays d’Auge.
Famous Waterways in Rennes
Canal Ille et Rance is a very beautiful waterway in Brittany, on the way from Nantes to the British Channel. A waterway to get in love to! The beginning of this link from St. Malo at the Channel to the city of Rennes was a political one. It became necessary to by-pass the British Sea blockade and have access for Rennes to the Sea. Building the canal also gave the poor farmers of the area an additional income. In 1804, during the reign of Napoleon I, works started. In 1814, after the defeat of Napoleon in Russia, they ceased because of the lack of money. Only in 1922, the project continued with a private company and was finally inaugurated in 1832.
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