Friday, 19 January 2018

Vannes

I've chosen this aerial view for the gardens it shows as they follow a line between the outer ramparts of Vanne's city walls and the blue ribbon of the little river , La Marle. These formal gardens of paths, flowers and topiary look a beautiful place to stroll.

In the foreground is what the postcard calls the old artillery school which I presume it was at some point, but the tourist brochures call it the Castle of L'Hermine which was transformed from a castle into a palace for the Dukes of Brittany in the 17th Century,  It forms part of the rampart walls, further along is the Connétable's Tower erected in the 15th Century and used as a fortification as well as a private residence. The tower is named in honour of Arthur de Richemont, Duke of Brittany (1392-1458) who was Constable (Connétable) of France from 1425-1458.  A modern statue of him on horseback stands outside Vannes Town Hall, he is buried in Nantes Cathedral.


Postcard's for the Weekend theme of - aerial views - look over at Connections to the World

5 comments:

Maria said...

Those obviously tended lawns are impressive. Thank you for sharing this postcard! I wish to visit Brittany one day to taste the "original" crepe. Happy weekend!

Heleen said...

Indeed the gardens are beautiful. I also like the 'normal' houses on the other side. I guess people won't notice the complete beauty of the gardens from street level :-)

Eva A. said...

I remember well when I visited Vannes, some years ago. This is a wonderful view!

DawnTreader said...

Impressive aerial view; but my eye was caught by the Guernsey barn owl stamp in your header... :)

violet s said...

Another city I would love to visit (now that I know about it!)