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Chateau Des Ducs De Bretagne, Nantes: 3 reviews and 7 photos
The second important site for a tourist in Nantes is the Chateau Des Ducs De Bretagne. According to the official site "Built on the banks of the Loire, the castle is both a military fortress and a residential palace. This is where Anne de Bretagne was born in 1477 and where Henri IV signed the Edict of Nantes in 1598, which granted Protestants rights to their religion." It’s the oldest historic building besides the Cathedral.
There’s no entrance fee so you can enter and enjoy for free the courtyard, the ramparts and the moat gardens. It is open daily 10.00-19.00, we managed to be there at about 18.00 but hopefully we had time to wander around because it’s not very big. There are 2 old entrances at the sides but we preferred to walk into from the main gate over the stone bridge.
We saw a lot of locals with kids enjoying the gardens but we also loved the view over the Loire from the ramparts. Although the Chateau (castle) looks like a normal fortress because of its walls and the defencive moat the interior was just the residential house (ok, lets say palace) of the Francis II, duke of Brittany that lived there in 15th century. The palace was built by tufa stone in renaissance style although new buildings were added the next centuries.
What’s more it houses the Nantes History Museum, where you can follow the history of the city through videos, paintings etc
Address: Rue du Chateau, Nantes 44000
Directions: In the historic part of Nantes, next to the Cathedral
Phone: +33 811 46 46 44
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