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Vannes – a medieval town

A potted history

The walled town of Vannes
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Founded by the Romans in 56 BC, Julius Caesar went on to conquer the area known as Brittany.

Throughout the third century, fortified walls were built around the town to protect it from ‘barbaric tribes’.

Between 1341 and 1364 wars of succession were fought between two families claiming the title Duke of Brittany, which was eventually won by Jean IV.

The union with France

Anne de Bretagne was the last duchess of Brittany, dying in 1514. The demise of Brittany was sealed when her daughter, Claude, married Francois d’Angouleme, the future king of France.

In 1532 Francois 1st stayed in Vannes and negotiated the Treaty of Vannes proclaiming the ‘perpetual union of the Country and Duchy of Brittany with the Kingdom and Crown of France’.

Although Brittany was still permitted to control taxes and maintain its own army, in practice its destiny lay in French hands. The title Duke of Brittany became obsolete, the region’s assets were stripped and its autonomy eroded.

Today, many Bretons today do not ‘officially’ recognise Brittany as part of France and would far prefer to return to self-rule.

Picture post cards of Vannes

The St Vincent town gate which faces the marina
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Castle De L’Hermine which housed the Brittany Parliament
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The glorious gardens of the Castle De L’Hermine
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The Captain of the Guard’s residence
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The Parliament’s Wash Houses
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You just feel these buildings are tipping over
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Party creations from a sweet shop called Glup’s
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The woodwork structure is just beautiful
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Gorgeous ancient buildings abound in the walled town
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So many alley-ways with overhanging buildings
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Piers and Lin
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