Montage of Vannes, Top left:View of Ramparts Garden of Vannes and Gaillard Castle Museum, Top right:Saint Peters Cathedral, Middle left:Vieux lavoirs, old washing place, Center:Connetable Tower, Middle right:Intra Muros narrow street, Bottom left:Saint Paterne Church, Bottom right:Conleau Pier|
Montage of Vannes, Top left:View of Ramparts Garden of Vannes and Gaillard Castle Museum, Top right:Saint Peters Cathedral, Middle left:Vieux lavoirs, old washing place, Center:Connetable Tower, Middle right:Intra Muros narrow street, Bottom left:Saint Paterne Church, Bottom right:Conleau Pier
The municipality launched a linguistic plan through Ya d'ar brezhoneg on 12 October 2007.
In 2008, 7.71% of the children attended the bilingual schools in primary education.
The Gare de Vannes railway station offers connections to Quimper, Rennes, Nantes, Paris and several regional destinations.
With the fast train TGV, the journey takes:
– 30 minutes to Lorient,
– 1 hour to Nantes or Rennes,
– 3.5 to 4 hours to Paris.
The Transport express régional or TRE is a slower train to join railway stations in the close neighborhood, as Auray or Questembert.
There is no direct railway from Vannes to Saint-Brieuc (118 km away in the north of Brittany), so the train from Vannes to Saint Brieuc goes via Rennes, which doubles the travel time and cost: it takes 2 to 3 hours to go from Vannes to Saint Brieuc by train.
Two highways, in the north of Vannes, provide fast connections by car:
– N165: drive west to Lorient (58 km) and Quimper (122 km), south east to Nantes (111 km)
– N166: drive north east to Rennes (113 km)
+ a network of small roads connects Vannes to smaller cities. There is no highway from Vannes to Saint-Brieuc, so the way to northern Brittany consists of small roads. The lack of highway or railway between Vannes and Saint-Brieuc (118 km north) cuts the communications between northern and southern Brittany, and limits Brittany economic performance.
Vannes has a small airfield in the village of Monterblanc, called Vannes-Meucon airport, or "Vannes – Golfe du Morbihan airport". It used to be a military airport, but it is now dedicated to general aviation aircraft. It belongs to Vannes Agglomeration community, the group of cities gathered around Vannes, and the main users of this airfield are Vannes flying club, the local ultralight aviation club, and Vannes school of skydiving.
There are 2 bus networks in Vannes: – Kicéo, proposes short travels starting from Vannes Place de la Republique on behalf of Vannes Agglomeration community,
– CAT, propose longer travel starting from the railway station on behalf of Morbihan.
So there are 2 central bus stations in Vannes: one on Place de la Libération, the other at the railway station.
Vannes city has a public bicycle rental program, called Velocea based on the same idea as the Paris Vélib'. Hundreds of bicycles are available in 20 automated rental stations each with 10 to fifteen bikes/spaces. Each Velocea service station is equipped with an automatic rental terminal and stands for bicycles. The bicycles are robust and heavy Script error: No such module "convert"., and the user can take a bike in any station, and let it in any station, for a cost as: free the first 30 minutes, 1 euro the second 30 minutes, 2 euros per hour.
Monuments and sights
- Cathedral of St Peter, gothic cathedral
- Church of St Patern, classic church
- Chapel of Saint-Yves, baroque church
- Château Gaillard (medieval house now used as an archaeological museum)
- Musée de la Cohue (fine arts museum)
- Hôtel de Ville
- Old city walls, which include :
- Tour du Connétable (a large medieval tower part of the old city walls)
- Château de l'Hermine (former castle, transformed into a palace in the 17th century)
- Porte Calmont, medieval city gate
- Porte Prison, medieval city gate
- Porte Poterne, medieval city gate
- Porte Saint-Jean, medieval city gate
- Porte Saint-Vincent, 18th century city gate
- Many timber-framed houses in the old town
- "Vannes and his wife", a funny painted granite sculpture from the 15th century in front of Château Gaillard
- The harbour
- In the last of the Three Musketeers novels of Alexandre Dumas, The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later, published in 1847, the musketeer Aramis appears as bishop of Vannes before becoming General of the Society of Jesus.
- In Sébastien Roch, a novel by Octave Mirbeau published in 1890, Sebastien is sent to a school in Vannes, Saint-François-Xavier, where he is a victim of sexual abuse.
- In Sir Nigel, a novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published in 1906, Nigel is made seneschal of the Castle of Vannes after a battle in Brittany. He doesn't remain in Vannes, since after winning in another battle, the Black Prince dubs him a knight and Nigel returns to England to wed the Lady Mary.
- Jean-François Parot has written a series of crime fictions printed up to 2010 taking place in the 18th century, whose main character is Nicolas Le Floch, a Police Commissioner who was also educated in the school of Saint François-Xavier in Vannes, but he didn't share Sebastien Roch's misfortune. The Nicolas Le Floch novels have been adapted as a television series.
- In The Secret Of The Missing Boat, a children's book by Paul Berna published in 1966 as La Voile Rouge.
- In "Charlemagne and Florent," a short story by Ranylt Richildis published in 2014 by Myths Inscribed.
Vannes was the birthplace of:
- Albinus of Angers (born 469), Roman Catholic saint
- Saint Emilion (Emilianus) (?-767), monk and Roman Catholic saint, he gave his name to one of the main red wine areas of Bordeaux
- Francis I (1414–1450), duke of Brittany
- Louis-Marie Autissier (1772–1830), painter
- Louise Bourgoin (born 1981), actress
- Gabriel Fabre (1774–1858), general of the First French Empire
- Pierre de La Gorce (1846–1934), historian
- Paul César Helleu (1859–1927), painter
- Émile Jourdan (1860–1931), painter of Pont-Aven School
- Delly (alias Frédéric Petitjean de la Rosière) (1876–1949), novel writer with his sister Jeanne-Marie
- Alain de Goué (1879–1918), historian
- Alphonse Barbé (1885–1983), journalist and anarchist
- Louis Martin-Chauffier (1894–1980), writer, journalist and member of the French Resistance
- Yves Rocard (1903–1992), physicist
- Colonel Remy (alias Gilbert Renault) (1904–1984), secret agent of the French Resistance
- Alain Resnais (1922-2014), film director
- Yves Coppens (born 1934), paleontologist
- Serge Latouche (born 1940), economist
- Jacques Ramouillet (born 1941), mountaineer
- Claude-Michel Schönberg, (born 1944), singer and song writer
- Bernard Poignant (born 1945), French politician
- Hélène de Fougerolles (born 1973), actress
- Mathieu Berson (born 1980), footballer
- Joris Marveaux footballer
- Sylvain Marveaux footballer
- Yann Kermorgant footballer
Twin towns – Sister cities
Vannes is twinned with:
- 23x15px Mons, Belgium (since 1952)
- 23x15px Cuxhaven, Germany (since 1963)
- 23x15px Fareham, United Kingdom (since 1967)
Vannes also has partnerships (‘partenariats’) with:
- Saint-Vincent Gate (Vannes)
- Veneti (Gaul)
- Saint Meriasek
- Operation Dingson
- Communes of the Morbihan department
- Pierre Marie François Ogé Sculpture in Vannes town hall.
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In the old town centre
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Place des Lices
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Château de l'Hermine
Port de Vannes
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Garden of the Château de l'Hermine
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Street in town center
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- Clocher Saint Paterne.jpg
St. Patern church
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The port, at the foot of St. Vincent gate
- History of Vannes Official website of the city
- Cunliffe, Barry (2008). Britain and the continent: networks of interaction. A Companion to Roman Britain. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 1–11.
- Balter, Michael. "DNA recovered from underwater British site may rewrite history of farming in Europe". Science News. Science. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
- Cunliffe, Barry (2008). Britain and the continent: networks of interaction." A Companion to Roman Britain. John Wiley & Sons. p. 528. ISBN 9780470998854. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
- Invalid language code. Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Enseignement bilingue
- [via WaybackMachine.com "British towns twinned with French towns"]. Archant Community Media Ltd. Retrieved 2013-07-12.
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