The Préfecture of the Morbihan in Vannes!

Well I needed to have this one in, sure not a tourist destination but for folks living in France its a must. I had mentioned it briefly in several posts but feel one on its own is most deserving. Let me tell you a bit more on the Préfecture of the Morbihan in Vannes! The administration government house.

The Préfecture of the Morbihan is an administrative building located in Vannes, capital of the department 56 of Morbihan. It accommodates the prefect and the prefecture services.


The préfécture or regional government building at Rue Alain le Grand or entrance by 10 Place du Général de Gaulle is for official events only as the administrative part is elsewhere in city center behind the post office and next to the courthouse so at 24 Place de la République (the one folks like me go to). The official préfecture was inaugurated in 1865, this prestigious building is built on the site of a former convent. A large park surrounds this U-shaped building. On the pediment, a bas relief shows two important figures in the history of Brittany: Nominoë and Alain Barbetorte, as well as the imperial eagle and the arrival of the railway at Vannes in 1862.


The Préfecture of the Morbihan is surrounded by a five hectare park. Most of it consists of an English garden designed in 1862 by Louis-Sulpice Varé, landscape architect from Paris, author of the Bois de Boulogne. Placed below the archives wing, a 5,000 m2 French-style garden was re-designed in 1975. The winter garden created around the years 1880-1890, this piece echoes the English gardens designed in 1862 by Louis-Sulpice Varé.


In June 1940, the Nazis settled there. On July 22, 1945, General De Gaulle held an audience in the council deliberations room. This room was refurbished and decorated by Bompard, painter of the navy, for the visit of the King of Cambodia in 1948. The building has a floor surmounted by a mansard roof. Its central, raised part is cushioned by a rounded pediment where the imperial eagle and two armed figures are carved (Nominoë and Alain Barbe-Torte, hero of Breton independence). A bull’s-eye lights up the dome above the central pavilion. Two wings frame the main courtyard. An arched passage, fitted out under the left pavilion, leads to the outbuildings. The ground floor of the main building is reserved for ceremonial rooms. In the wings are the offices and apartments of the Secretary General. The park was designed by the English landscape designer John Wallen from 1863 to 1865. In 1920, a granite building intended for the departmental archives completed the ensemble.

vannes prefecture from parking ramparts apr21

The official Préfecture of the Morbihan contact info

The city of Vannes on the préfecture

There you go folks , a building I only go to renew my Dad residency card as an American retiree. Well, I am planning to change car and will need a new registration that need to ask there but all this now is done online and you go for pickup the originals only. Better to stay away as much as possible from French administration, they have been horror stories and we have been lucky to cruise on it since 2003. The building worth a look and the gardens are to visit with permission. The area is near the ramparts and lovely spot to walk around indeed. We always parked by the ramparts area when around here, and at the parking République when getting our original residency card for Dad. Hope you find it interesting

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

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