Are you looking for a place rich in history for your next vacation? The ramparts of Vannes will surely interest those who wish to delve into a fascinating past. These fortifications are among the best preserved in Brittany.

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The ramparts of Vannes: emblematic fortifications of the city

Built in the 3rd century, the ramparts of Vannes constitute an enclosure which protects the small ancient town called Darioritum against the German threat. Built on the hill of Mené, this town extends over 5 hectares surrounded by ramparts less than a kilometer long. Between the 5th and 6th centuries, the Château de la Motte was built on the northern wall. Over time, this building was inhabited by several occupants, from the counts of Vannes to the kings and dukes of Brittany.

Damaged under the effect of successive Plantagenet attacks, these ramparts were repaired during the 12th century. Destroyed by the earthquake, the Château de la Motte was given to the bishop and then restored. By integrating the southern suburbs around the 14th century, the city of Vannes expanded and its surface area increased from 5 to 13 hectares. The fortifications were also the subject of expansion work.

At that time, although Brittany was integrated into the Kingdom of France, the ramparts were not abolished. On the contrary, they were strengthened during the War of Religions in the 16th century. It was only at the end of the 17th century that the fortifications saw the creation of two additional gates to facilitate traffic. Parts of the enclosure were even destroyed in the 18th and 19th centuries.

What you need to know before visiting the ramparts of Vannes

Today, more than three quarters of the ramparts of Vannes are preserved despite the destruction. At the foot of the enclosure, you can attend several events: the city’s historic festivals, the maritime photography festival, the Arvor festivals or even the book fair.

As you stroll around these ramparts, you will discover several exceptional points of interest, such as the Château de l’Hermine, the Connétable tower or the Lagorce hotel. You can also opt for one of the guided tours organized by the city of Vannes to explore places inaccessible to the public. This guided walk lasts 1 hour 30 minutes. Simply buy a ticket at the tourist office or at the Museum of Fine Arts. If you are looking for a calm and green setting, do not hesitate to visit the French landscaped garden in the eastern part of the ramparts.

A visit to the fortifications of Vannes immerses you in a unique medieval atmosphere. Moreover, throughout the city, you will feel the charm of a past steeped in Roman times.

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