The former Chapelle St Yves of Rennes !  

I bring you back to dept 35 Ille et Vilaine in my lovely Bretagne. This time to the archicturally and historically stunning Rennes !! I have several posts on this pretty city ,but need to tell you that is wonderful sublime to walk on it, so therefore, here is my take on the pretty former Chapelle St Yves of Rennes ! 

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The Metro Rennes architecture and heritage interpretation center presents the history of the city with regard to its heritage, represented by photographs, models, desks and objects. The former tourist office in a former St Yves chapel ! The former tourist office had for years been located in the heart of the historic center in the chapelle Saint-Yves, 11 rue Saint-Yves. The Saint-Yves Chapel will remain the starting point for groups ,and will always house the permanent exhibition on architecture and heritage of Rennes. Very nice indeed !

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The Saint-Yves chapel is located at the corner of rue Saint-Yves and rue Le Bouteiller. The history of the Saint-Yves chapel is closely linked to the development of hospital activity within the city of Rennes . On October 8, 1358, the act of founding a Maison-Dieu (see post) in Rennes, deciding to transform the manor and its outbuildings in a hospice also dedicated to the Virgin.  Very soon placed under the invocation of Saint Yves, freshly canonized in 1347 and also a former official of the Trégorois bishopric, the hospital was not long in being rebuilt, starting with the chapel, undertaken in 1494 on the site of the old oratory of the manor. Today, this is the only testimony of a hospital establishment which was to continue in these places until its transfer in 1858 in the current Hôtel-Dieu, rue de la Cochardière.

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The Augustinian nuns of Mercy of Dieppe moved to the Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Yves on June 27, 1644. They served the sick until the French revolution before returning in 1804 and participating in the moving of the  new Hôtel-Dieu, not ceasing their activity until 1896.  Grown up in the 17-18C, the hospital, located on the banks of the Vilaine, experienced the gradual destruction of its classical buildings, Transformed into a hardware store after the Hôtel-Dieu moved . The St Yves chapel was finally bought by the city in 1981 to be restored, then refurbished to house the Rennes Métropole tourist office until 2019.

The main facade, on the rue Le-Bouteiller side, includes a low-arch entrance door, surmounted by three now empty niches. On the rue Saint-Yves side, the facade has four windows, one of which is very large, and a low door also surmounted by niches. Following the installation of the tourist office, the buildings encompassing the chapel have been transformed into offices and a reception area. The nave of the chapel is fitted out with an educational trail on the history of Rennes and its architecture. The tourist office is also ,now moved to the old convent of Jacobins (see post).

The Rennes tourist office on the chapel:

The city of Rennes on going out activities

There you go folks, another gem in my lovely Bretagne. This is a nice place to visit still, the former St Yves chapel, and will do for a nice walk in a lovely part of town. Walking Rennes will amaze you with their beauty, architecture,and history.  Hope you enjoy the post as I,

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

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