The Parc de la Garenne of Vannes!!

This is a wonderful park/garden hidden from most facing the ramparts of Vannes in the upper town. Sort of an off the beaten path spot that I like to show you more in this new post with older pictures. Reading my blog you know that  Vannes is my capital city of my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne. I worked just outside in an old castle ruins of 1504 where our world HQ was,now retired enjoying more free time to tell you about these hidden beauties. Hope you enjoy the parc de la Garenne as I.

The Parc de la Garenne is a public park in Vannes. The garden is bounded to the north by the Jardin d’Accreditation of the Prefecture govt building (see post), to the east by the rue de Saint-Tropez, to the south by  Rue Jehan-de-Bazvalan and to the west Rue Francis-Decker. Access to the Park is done by Francis-Decker, Jehan-de-Bazvalan and Alexandre-Le-Pontois streets. This Park is considered the oldest in the city. The promenade de la Garenne or park or garden had, therefore, from 1753, the appearance and the provisions it presents today.


The grounds of the park became in the 12C the property of the Abbey of Saint-Gildas de Rhuys (see post) , which endowed the priory of Saint-Guen with it. Through an exchange of land, it became, in the 1380s, the property of the Duke John IV. After the union of Brittany with France in 1532, it becomes the property of the kings of France, who then leave its use to the captains and governors of the city. After having ceded, in 1569 a portion to the Saint-Nicolas hospital, then in 1635 the northern land (today occupied by the Prefecture and its gardens) to the Dominicans to establish a convent, only the top of the Garenne and its slopes towards the city remain in the royal domain. The garden covers an area of ​​approximately 27,000 m2. The western part is presented as a succession of terraces crossed by alleys and planted with large rows of trees. The eastern part, corresponding to the plateau, is laid out like a large circular Place d’Armes, surrounded by flower beds.


The western fence walls and monumental staircase were erected in 1749 . The work thus carried out ended on December 3, 1753 . Condemned the previous days in Auray, some of the leaders of the Quiberon landings were executed in the park on July 28, 1795;  notably among them Urbain-René de Hercé, bishop of Dol, and Charles de Sombreuil (this was part of the invasion of immigrant Bretons from England to fight the French revolution unfortunately the support from England never came) (see post).


The WWI war memorial, the work of sculptor Ladmiral, was inaugurated in the center of the park in 1923. Also, in the park, stands the city’s war memorial. It is composed of a large column surmounted by a winged victory. Four lion heads flank the corners. The tomb of an anonymous resistance fighter was dug at the foot of this column in 1945 and four stelae bearing the names of the victims of WWII were unveiled there in 1947.


The city of Vannes on the parks including the Garenne

Lovely to walk amongt history and beautiful architecture intact from as far back as the 14C! This is a must in Vannes, we go and past by just to see it every week. The Garenne whatever is a park, garden , walk or ramparts is awesome!

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

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