This granite and limestone giant built in the 13th century by François II, the last Duke of independent Brittany, and his daughter Anne of Brittany, Queen of France, houses a residential palace with skilfully carved limestone facades and Renaissance loggias, which are essential to visit to savour the elegance of the architecture.
One side of the fortress, with its heavy defence walls, appears quite in contrast to the other, the royal residence, especially since its brilliant restoration (started in 1990 and completed in 2007) revealed a brightly white flamboyant style. The monument houses 32 rooms that tell the story of the merchant city as a western metropolis, including, of course, the Edict of Nantes, the revolution, and its dark past as France's number one slave port. Nantes' large industries like its bakeries, canneries, and shipbuilding sites are also honoured in visits that are highly documented with integrated multimedia.
A film about the great transformations of Nantes concludes the visit.
Château des Ducs de Bretagne
4 place Marc Elder
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