Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Passport: Your weekly travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration

Brittany Sights

Parlement de Bretagne

  • Rue Nationale Map It
  • Rennes
  • Government Building

Updated 04/07/2014

Fodor's Review

Originally the palatial home of the Breton Parliament and now of the Rennes law courts, the Parlement de Bretagne was designed in 1618 by Salomon de Brosse, architect of the Luxembourg Palace in Paris. It was the most important building in Rennes to escape the 1720 flames; however, in 1994, following a massive demonstration by Breton fishermen demanding state subsidies, another disastrous fire broke out that left it a charred shell. Fortunately, much of the artwork—though

damaged—was saved by firefighters, who arrived at the scene after the building was already engulfed in flames. It was a case of the alarm that cried "fire" once too often; a faulty bell, which rang regularly for no reason, had led the man on duty to ignore the signal. It has been completely restored. Call the tourist office (02–99–67–11–11) to book a 90-minute guided tour.

Read More

Sight Information

Address:

Rue Nationale, Rennes, 35000, France

Map It

Sight Details:

  • €7.20, by guided tour only (reservation required)
  • Mon.–Fri. 8:45–noon, 1:45–5

Updated 04/07/2014

Advertisement

Map View

Map of



What's Nearby

  • Hotels
  • Sights

See all sights in Brittany

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?

Experience

Ease

Value

Don't Miss

Advertisement