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Discover historic Brest


In the Recouvrance district, quaint vestiges spared by the bombings of World War II provide a charming glimpse of the Brest of old.

Strategically placed facing the Atlantic, Brest has often found itself at the centre of history, from the Romans to Duguesclin, Richelieu, and Vauban. Yet few traces of this turbulent past remain in the city, which was destroyed by bombing in the Second World War. To visit its historic soul, so important to the people of Brest, head to the Recouvrance district. Perched on a block of granite, the Tanguy Tower, with its small museum, is among its most iconic remains.

Further south, the Jardin des Explorateurs pays homage to some of the world's most important maritime expeditions. Steps away is the Maison de la Fontaine, one of the oldest houses in the city, dating from the 17th century. But to truly find the atmosphere of old Brest, push north to the picturesque rue Saint-Malo, with its ancient washhouse (lavoir), paving stones, and well-preserved houses.

Musée de la tour Tanguy
Square Pierre Péron
29200 Brest

Jardin des Explorateurs
3, rue de la Pointe
29200 Brest

Maison de la Fontaine
18, rue de l'Église
29200 Brest

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