Anneaux de Buren Nantes
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Do & See
The metropole is one of the major cultural, artistic and creative pole in France but you haven’t seen anything yet…Château des ducs de Bretagne, lieu unique, Nantes-Angers Opera house, the Hangar à bananes exhibition place, The Machines de l’île, the Memorial museum dedicated to the Abolition of slavery, the open-air museum of Estuaire, La Fabrique, the festivals, the heritage… Come to Nantes to discover this scattered monument that makes of Nantes a sought-after destination, as a city of art and culture.
Guided Tours

Guided Tours

The Nantes Tourism Office called “A journey To Nantes” organises a variety of general and themed tours of the city.
Château des ducs de Bretagne

Château des ducs de Bretagne

Château des ducs de Bretagne (Castle of the Dukes of Brittany) was renovated and re-opened since the beginning of 2007, after a complete closure. The castle now houses the Nantes History Museum, displaying more than 850 historic objects. The former Ducal Palace also holds temporary exhibitions and cultural events all year round. A free-access rampart offers many viewpoints of the fortress and of the city.
Machines de l’ile

Machines de l’ile

The Machines de l’ile is an artistic, touristic and cultural site in Nantes since 2007. Three major artworks, the Great Elephant (2007), the Merry Go Round of the Marine Worlds (2012) and the Huge Heron Tree (project) symbolise doors to the world of dreams and magical journeys. A mixture between the invented worlds of Jules Verne and the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci.
Nantes : Take the Journey

Nantes : Take the Journey

Nantes A destination truly creative and attractive. Take the journey ! Situated 30 minutes away from the Atlantic Ocean, on the Loire estuary, Nantes is a perfect gateway to the Brittany and the Loire Valley. Take the journey and follow the green line to drift through this 10-mile trail, with its thirty stops, from le lieu unique to the Ile de Nantes. Along the way, let yourself be guided from a public work of art in a random side street to a remarkable element of our architectural heritage, from classic sites to little-known treasures, from an historical back alley to contemporary architecture, and from a surprising view of the city to an incredible sunset on the Loire estuary. This year, Nantes is celebrating the Thea Awards 2014 (world’s most original attraction) for the Marine Worlds Carousel and you are invited !
Estuaire Nantes <> Saint-Nazaire

Estuaire Nantes <> Saint-Nazaire

Starting from Nantes to Saint Nazaire this is an open air collection of artworks: each creation, signed by an internationally renowned artist leads you to an atypical place or to a remarkable site of the estuary of the Loire river. Since 2007, over 30 artworks have now been the stones of a monument scattered along 60 km. This artistic trail will make you discover a fascinating territory, its heritage and its natural resources.
Cathedrale Saint Pierre Saint Paul

Cathedrale Saint Pierre Saint Paul

This impressive cathedral is home to the tombs of Francois II, the last Duke of Brittany, and his second wife Marguerite de Foix. Construction of the Gothic building started in 1434 and lasted for four centuries.
Isle of Nantes

Isle of Nantes

On the Isle of Nantes, a perpetually changing area, contemporary architecture has the leading role. On both sides of this territory perched on the Loire river are standing resolutely original and innovative buildings built by the greatest international architects. Formerly occupied by the shipyards (closed in 1987) and by industries, this area is in complete rehabilitation and finds some harmony between the conservation of industrial heritage and the development of a new modern space.
Memorial to the abolition of slavery

Memorial to the abolition of slavery

Nantes was the capital of the slave trade in France: it organised 43% of the French slave trade shipments in the XVIII century. The City wants to assume its past and give shape to the memory via a powerful political gesture. The Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery in Nantes is the biggest in Europe. Located on the Quai de la Fosse, a symbolic place in the city that has seen many slave ships to Africa, the Memorial has been open to the public since March 2012. Following an international competition, the city of Nantes has entrusted the design of the Memorial to Krzysztof Wodiczko, a Polish artist and Julian Bonder, an Argentinian architect.
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