Global Treasures VANNES Brittany, France
Vannes is the capital of the Departement Morbihan on the French Atlantic coast and within its mighty walls hides a historical architectural treasure.
Half-timbered houses that date back to the 15th and 17th centuries, form the medieval centre of Vannes. Several charming facades lie closely packed together and create a fascinating historic setting. The fine old buildings are an important part of the town’s economy and in recent years, have attracted hordes of tourists from around the world.
Vannes Cathedral, ''St. Peter''s Cathedral'', towers above the historic rooftops of the fine old town. The architecture of the church dates back to the 13th century, but its facade was restored much later in Neo-gothic design. The entrance to the northern nave leads into the church’s generously decorated interior most of which was built in the 15th century. The construction of the cathedral took almost 600 years and thus, contains the architecture of several historic epochs.
Vannes is full of history and picturesque sights – well worth a visit!
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