Jacobin convent and Basilica minor at Rennes!

So I am back in earnest in my lovely Bretagne and my continuing search for the travel ark, i look i search and i come back. This time to lovely Capital of Bretagne/Brittany ,Rennes! Ille et Vilaine dept 35!

On the Basilica have written before and this is a repeat visit to a wonderful area of Rennes that is a must to visit. So will touch briefly here. The Basilica minor Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle ( Our Lady of Good News Basilica) was the ancient Church of Saint-Aubin  located in the city center by rue Saint Malo and place Sainte-Anne.


The old Church Saint Aubin, demolished in 1904, was located in the north of the city, outside the ramparts of Rennes and occupied the western part of the present place Saint-Anne. Attested in the 12C, it is mostly from the 17-18C, and it had hosted from the 19C, the cult of Notre-Dame-de-Bonne-Nouvelle, primitively located in the Convent of the Jacobins. Which therefore has gone thru a wonderful transformation to preserve it.


For reference, my previous post on the Basilica is here: My previous post in my blog on the Basilica Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle


The Convent of the Jacobins, also named old convent of Bonne-Nouvelle (good news see Basilica above and previous post) , is an old religious building and an old barracks, located in Rue Saint Malo and Place Sainte Anne. It includes an abbey, a cloister and conventual buildings. In 2018, the building became the Congress Center of Rennes Métropole.  It is exactly on Place Sainte-Anne, along the rue d’échange and Rue Saint-Malo . The latter separates the convent of the Jacobins from the Basilica of Notre-Dame-de-Bonne-Nouvelle.

The research allows experts to find under the convent the expected trace of the intersection of the cardo maximus, main street of Condate (Roman name for Rennes), and another important artery. At this intersection is erected a monument, an aedicule or a statue, which will become, three centuries later, a temple. Traces of buildings from three different periods are found, as well as everyday objects. A sword is also found on the spot, confirming the martial quality of the city. The renewal of the site began in the 14C when the Dominican order decided to install a convent on the site with the help of the founder is the Duke Jean IV (John) who laid the foundation stone. In this place are celebrated the engagement of Anne of Brittany and Charles VIII in 1491. There is a painting of the Notre-Dame-de-Bonne-Nouvelle of the 14C depicting the Virgin that made the convent a place of pilgrimage and preaching. It is today preserved in the Basilica Notre-Dame-de-Bonne-Nouvelle. The convent then declines, until its end at the French revolution. Some brothers refuse to take an oath of the new revolutionary French constitution, while others found a priest position in Rennes. In 1793, the building was assigned to the army, which turned it into a barracks, and then housed the sports club of the garrison of Rennes. The new Congress Center is inaugurated on January 10, 2018 by a concert given by the Symphonic Orchestra of Brittany/Bretagne in the large auditorium.


The Congress Center is composed of a large François Regis Hutin auditorium, with 1000 seats; an auditorium with 500 seats; a 300-seat auditorium in the old church area ; 25 committee rooms; and 3,000 m2 of exhibition or restoration space, specially around the cloister. In the process the Convent is save!

Some additional webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Official Congress Center of Rennes

Tourist office of Rennes on history of the convent

And yes right next to the convent of Jacobins and across from the Basilica Minor of Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle is the tourist office of Rennes!  Actually an extention of the convent facing rue Saint Malo!


And there you go  ,one simple trip to Rennes and gems are found, we have more , a lot more , stay tune. Bretagne is amazing as is France ::) Just make yourselves a bit space out of Paris!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


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