Château des ducs de Bretagne
Castle of the Dukes of Brittany
|Nantes, Pays de la Loire, France|
The château seen from the air
|Built||1207, rebuilt 1466|
|Built by||Guy of Thouars, Duke of Brittany|
|In use||1207 - 1862|
|Ville de Nantes|
|Controlled by||Brittany until 1532, France until present|
|Events||Edict of Nantes|
- This article includes information translated from the Wikipedia article Château des ducs de Bretagne
The Château des ducs de Bretagne (English: Castle of the Dukes of Brittany) is a large castle located in the city of Nantes in the Loire-Atlantique département of France; it served as the centre of the historical province of Brittany until its separation in 1941. It is located on the right bank of the Loire, which formerly fed its ditches. It was the residence of the Dukes of Brittany between the 13th and 16th centuries, subsequently becoming the Breton residence of the French Monarchy.
Starting in the 1990s, the town of Nantes undertook a massive programme of restoration and repairs to return the site to its former glory as an emblem of the history of Nantes and Brittany. Following 15 years of works and three years of closure to the public, it was reopened on 9 February 2007 and is now a popular tourist attraction.
The restored edifice now includes the new Nantes History Museum, installed in 32 of the castle rooms. The museum presents more than 850 objects of collection with the aid of multimedia devices. The castle and the museum try to offer a modern vision of the heritage by presenting the past, the present and the future of the city. Night-time illuminations at the castle further reinforce the revival of the site.
The 500-metre round walk on the fortified ramparts provides views not just of the castle buildings and courtyards but also of the town.
Seven sequences of the museum
- The Castle, Nantes and Brittany back to the 17th century
- Nantes, daughter of the river and the ocean
- Commerce and the black gold in the 18th century
- Nantes in Revolution
- A colonial and industrial port (1815–1940)
- A new city takes shape (1940–1990)
- A great Atlantic city, today and tomorrow
The exhibition ends with a vision of the city, a multimedia creation by a contemporary artist, occupying the entire area of the 32nd room. Pierrick Sorin is the first guest artist.
The illuminated castle
The night-lighting brings out the architectural complexity of the site within an urban context. The illumination was designed by Sylvie Sieg and Pierre Nègre of the Atelier Lumière and won the Light Originator Price of the Lumiville Trophy 2007.
- Official website (English)
- Nantes Metropole Tourism Office (English)
- Ministry of Culture database entry for Château des ducs de Bretagne (French)
- Ministry of Culture photos
- visite virtuelle 360 photo panoramique
- castle pictures gallery
- Le château des ducs, Nantes et la Bretagne, Guy SAUPIN, 2010.