Nantes is a city in Western France about 31 miles from the French Atlantic Coast. It is located along the banks of Loire River and is the 6th largest city in France. Along with other regions such as Vannes, Rennes and Carhaix, Nantes formed the ancient province of Duchy of Brittany. If planning to tour this historic city, here is a few attractions you need to know about.
1. Machines of the Isle of Nantes
This is a touristic and cultural invention in Nantes that has awed many a visitor at the attention to detail of its designers. The machines try to depict Nantes as a 'creative metropolis of dream and of fantasy.' The three great machines include the Great Elephant that was built in 2007, the Marine Worlds Carrousel that was built in 2012 and the Heron Tree, which is set to be completed in 2014.
2. Stade de la Beaujoire
Opened in 1984, this is the home of the ligue 1 FC Nantes Football club. If you have never been treated to classy European soccer game, then this stadium is as good as any. The exuberance in the air when there are home games is always palpable. Try to support the home team even if you do not think they are all that and you will have a very easy time picking friends.
3. Château des ducs de Bretagne
Like all major French cities, Nantes has a historic castle called the Château des ducs de Bretagne. Until 1941 when the province of Brittany was separated, it served as the province's center of authority. It is majestic in an alluring way. Your kids will have fun exploring the beautiful hallways and hidden attic rooms.
4. The Nantes Cathedral
This is a Gothic Style cathedral located in the heart of the city of Nantes. This is one of the most historic cathedrals, having taken 457 years to complete after replacing a Romanesque cathedral in 1434. The cathedral is an important landmark in Nantes.
5. Passage Pommeraye
This is an 1843 shopping mall located in the heart of Nantes. It is one of the oldest buildings to host a shopping mall on earth and has been listed as historic monument since 1976. Whenever in Nantes, don’t just shop...shop in class at the ancient Passage Pommeraye.
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