Vannes:   

Vannes is a beautiful medieval town situated on the Golfe du Morbihan on the south coast of Brittany. 

In the first century BC the Romans founded the new town of Darioritum (this was its name at that epoque) in the region of the Venetians.  Interestingly this tribe of Indo-European people had settled both in northern Italy around  Venice and in Britanny in the  region around Vannes.  To meet the threat of the Saxons at the end of the 3rd century, a castle was built.  The Romans thus laid the base of a fortified town which, at the end of the middle ages, covered an area of 25 acres .  From the end of the middle ages, the city became the favourite residence of the Dukes of Brittany who stayed at the Chateau de l'Hermine (now destroyed).  In 1675, the Breton parliament was exiled from Rennes and came to Vannes.  A number of Breton princes made Vannes their capital and it was here that Francis I, King of France  met the representatives of the Breton parliament in August 1532 to conclude the treaty which made Brittany a part of France.

Vannes hold a Breton festival with traditional music and danse each August 15th - the Fêtes d'Arvor  - part of which involves choosing a queen and maids of honour.  Traditional costume with embroidered dress and linen head dress are important in this choice.

Vannes is now a thriving, growing town with a university - Université de Bretagne-Sud and many industries.  Among these are Multiplast - well known for huge catamaran racing yachts and many IT companies

The Golfe du Morbihan is now a member of an association: "The Most  Beautiful Bays in the World"

There are several museums, frequent exhibitions and a top rate concert hall "Palais des Arts"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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