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Rennes Cathedral
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Peruse the intriguing pictorial art and see rare marble from the Roman Forum in this Roman Catholic cathedral encompassing many styles.

Rennes Cathedral is an imposing structure that serves as a religious icon for the city. Its neoclassical décor and giant emblem of the Sun King make it one of the area’s most recognizable spots. Take a walk inside the spacious nave of the church to appreciate its serene ambiance.

As you stroll through the church, learn about its intriguing history. Parts of the building were constructed in the 12th century. It was then partially demolished in the 1700s and reconstructed a century later. Note the blend of architectural styles from various eras. The church is known for the contrast between its simple, dark façade and lavish, warm interior.

Marvel at the enormous nave and the huge columns that line its sides. Browse the paintings that are inspired by the pictorial art in the Palais du Parlement. See the slabs of rare marble in front of the altar. This marble, a gift from Pope Pius IX, comes from the Roman Forum.

View the impressive stained-glass windows that depict coats of arms. Gaze up at the ceiling with its artistic pattern of gold leaf. Discover the interesting side chapels.

There is evidence of a religious building existing on this site since the 6th century. In the early 19th century, the church was unusable, so the Notre-Dame en Saint-Mélaine was chosen as a substitute for worshippers in the community.

Rennes Cathedral is located near the Place du Parlement in the center of the city. Take the metro to one of the Sainte Anne or République stations, which are a 2-minute walk from the cathedral. Many of Rennes’ highlights surround the church, such as the Museum of Fine Arts and the Palais du Parlement. The church is open to visitors daily in the morning and again in the afternoon, with a break at midday. Attend Mass in late morning on Sunday.

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