Welcome to the Castle of The Ducs de Bretagne Set in the historic heart of Nantes, the Château des ducs de Bretagne is the city’s most important historic building, along with the Cathedral St. Pierre. When looking at it from the city, it is a fortress with 500 meters of curtain walls punctuated by seven towers, all linked by a sentry walkway. The inner courtyard reveals an elegant 15th century ducal residence made of tufa stone, in flamboyant Gothic style and bearing the first traces of Renaissance inspiration, as well as other buildings dating back from the 16th and the 18th centuries. With their elegant white stone walls and sophisticated sculpted facades, they contrast strikingly with the rough textures of the exterior fortifications, made of granite blocks and separated by layers of schist.
Discover the Château des ducs de Bretagne built at the end of the 15th century by François II, the last Duke of Brittany and then his daughter, Anne of Brittany, twice Queen of France. A castle with eight centuries of history, a palatial Renaissance residence of sophisticated sculpted façades and Renaissance ‘Grand Logis’. The castle, which sits between grandeur and renewal, is home to the History of Nantes Museum and its contemporary scenography. It paints a portrait of the city from its origins to the modern metropolis of today. The history of the castle unfolds and unique historical objects relate the role played by Nantes in the European slave trade, daily life in Nantes during the two world wars and the major local industries (LU, BN, etc). In total, more than 1,150 artefacts are on display across 32 rooms. The museum also reveals its own remarkable architectural secrets.
We call them Vikings - From 16 June to 18 November 2018
From 793 to 1066 AD, the Vikings, simultaneously depicted as traders, looters, navigators and explorers, played a major role in much of Europe. They were originally from Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden, Norway and some regions of Finland). Much of our ‘recorded knowledge’ of the Vikings was written by their enemies of the time. Today, the notion of ‘Viking’ often refers to words such as ‘piracy’, ‘looting’ and ‘violence’. Yet we often have a false idea of these men of the North. The exhibition offers a current look, based on the latest scientific discoveries and the updating of exceptional original objects covering a multitude of themes: religion and mythology, honour, funeral worship, life after death, arts and crafts, economics and trade, social fabric / identity of the individual, navigation and shipbuilding, the reputation of Viking warriors and the runes ...
Free for children under 18 years old.