PARLIAMENT BUILDING OF BRITTANY
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The most emblematic monument of Rennes, the Parliament of Brittany has a history that has stood the test of time. The first stone of the building was sealed at the beginning of the 17th century, under the orders of the architect Gaultier. But it took time and several architects, including the famous Salomon de Brosse, architect of the Palais du Luxembourg, to give us the present Parliament. Gabriel, the king's architect, called to rebuild the heart of the city after the fire of 1720, gives it a royal square worthy of its architecture. He removed the large staircase leading to the terrace, which he also made disappear. In February 1994, a spectacular fire, the origin of which remains a mystery, set the building ablaze, largely destroying this heritage jewel. Now restored, it is once again home to the Courts of Appeal and the Court of Assizes. This majestic building is also open to visitors through guided tours led by the city of Rennes' guide-lecturers. You can admire the Salle des Pas perdus with its wooden ceiling decorated with mouldings and medallions, carved and gilded woodwork, Gobelins tapestries, French-style ceilings, allegorical canvases and the superb Grand Chamber. Charles Errard and Noël Coypel created the superb ceilings of this carved coffered room. Allegories of Justice, Religion and other virtues are represented here. One of the most beautiful visits to make in Rennes.
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Access during the guided tours (see calendar on the site of the Tourist Office). Guided tour (duration: 1.30am. Rates: Full price €7.20 - from 7 to 18 years old Young people, students provided with their card, unemployed people, disabled people: €4.60 Free for under 7-year-olds). Information and registration near the Tourist Office of Rennes Metropolis.
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