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Find the not to be missed sights of Rennes
Whether you are staying at Kyriad Rennes Center, Kyriad Rennes Nord or Kyriad Rennes Chantepie, enjoy some free time to stroll through the historic center of Rennes. On the Place de la Mairie, take note of the Rennes Opera House, with its characteristic rotunda shape. Designed in 1836 by the young architect Charles Millardet, this place called Théâtre was for a long time the only theater in the city, before the creation in 1968 of the National Theater of Brittany, more commonly known as the TNB. The originality of the building is mainly based on its integration into a complex comprising apartments, a gallery under the theater and an outdoor café linking the public square, the shopping gallery and the cultural section. Push the door of the theater to the Italian-style auditorium, equipped with 642 seats to visit public spaces and backstage. Take a look at the program: you will be surprised by its diversity, between opera evenings, concerts of world music and animations testifying to a real open policy. It is also the opportunity for you to discover the symphony orchestra of Brittany, which regularly performs there.
Located in the heart of the city center of Rennes, the Parlment of Brittany proudly sits on a place regularly hosting events such as a Christmas market in December. Salomon de Brosse (also known for having designed the Palais du Luxembourg in Paris) drew up plans for the construction of the building that took place between 1615 and 1655. The building has a classical facade, influenced by the Italian style. Its roof is adorned with four golden statues: Law, Strength, Eloquence and Justice. The richly decorated interior, has carved and gilded woodwork, French ceilings, allegorical paintings and a tapestry of Gobelins. In the Grand Chamber, you can admire a carved ceiling, with paintings by Noël Coypel. The set is designed by Charles Errard, then a painter at the court of Louis XIV, and is a unique example in Europe. Surviving a devastating fire in 1994, the Parlment has benefited from a major restoration campaign and today is visited through the year. Not far from your Kyriad Rennes Center hotel, Kyriad Rennes Nord or Kyriad Rennes Chantepie, come and take advantage of a guide to explore the palace. You can then wander through the streets of old Rennes with its half-timbered houses.
It is situated in the heart of Rennes a 10 minute walk from your hotel Kyriad Rennes Center, which welcomes only people who are good company. Their names inspire confidence indeed: Picasso, Rubens, Rembrandt, Botticelli... Even da Vinci gather here. This place is the admirable Museum of Fine Arts of Rennes (MBAR, for the intimate). Founded in 1794, this museum invites you to live a few hours in the company of the greatest artists of ancient and contemporary history. European paintings from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century, Cubists, Italian drawings: the palette of works is wide and the place, ideally thought to take the time to contemplate them at leisure. Some of them, the most well-known, attract particular attention such as The Bathers of Picasso or The Newborn of Georges de La Tour. Archeology enthusiasts can explore the collections of objects and works inherited from Etruscan, Greek, Roman and Egyptian civilizations. To this already rich permanent collection is regularly added temporary exhibitions and conferences led by specialists and curators. Enough to deepen your exploration, enrich your reflection, but above all extend this time spent in contact with geniuses of art a little more.
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