Contemporary and historical...
Nantes drains a certain art and culture crowd, combining shopping and bucolic walks in the heart of the city, beautifully restored and conserved.
♦ The mecanical elephant : 12 meters high for this extraordinary machine, made in the workshops of Les Machines de l'Ile, as well as many other wonderful machines (and sometimes monstruous) which recall the fantastic universe of Jules Verne.
♦ The Château des Ducs de Bretagne and its museum of the history of Nantes : Architectural refinement in the court of Bretagne, this castle was built in the XVe and XVIIe century, by François II and then by Anne de Bretagne, and is the last of the castles of the Loire before the Ocean.
The Chateau houses a residential palace with refined façades, ramparts and moats.
♦ St Pierre Cathedral in Nantes : It was one of the longest building sites of religious architecture in France, the first stone of which was laid in 1434 and which was completed in 1893.
Inside the cathedral lays the famous Tomb of François II, last Duke of Brittany and the tomb of Marguerite de Foix, parents of Anne de Bretagne.
Commissioned by Anne of Brittany, the tomb of François II was made by Michel Colombe in 1507.