Bretagne or its equivalent in English Brittany is a region west of France and is considered to be one of the six Celtic nations, where the Celtic languages and cultural traits have made it to this day. This region is also been referred to as Little Britain and it is a cultural region. During its history Brittany was first a kingdom and then a duchy until it was later added as a province to the Kingdom of France in 1532.
The northwest peninsula of continental Europe is what Brittany occupies, in northwest France. The historical province is split into several departments, namely Cotes-d’Armor, Loire-Atlantique, Finistere, Morbihan and Ille-et-Vilaine.
There are several historic capitals in Brittany, some of which are Redon, Nantes and Rennes along with some others. During its history, out of all the cities that were used by the Estates of Brittany, only the larger ones like Nantes, Rennes and Vannes could have even be considered close to a capital. In modern times only Rennes is considered the official capital of the region. This is where the dukes were crowned in the past and it is where their castle was. Although the castle was destroyed in the 15th century, now the city is the seat of an ecclesiastical province, meaning it has a large jurisdiction of religious government and it includes the Pays de la Loire region and Brittany.
There are several points of interest that one must visit when in Brittany, such as the many megalithic monuments and menhir arrangements. The Carnac stones are one of these and they are rather well-know even outside Brittany. There are also other such major tourist attractions, for example the Locmariaquer megaliths, the Mane Braz tumulus, the Barnenez cairn and the Gavrinis tomb among others. In this same region you can also find a large Roman temple in Corseul and some debris from city walls and villas from the Roman period in Rennes and Nantes.
Some other sights that attract people are the medieval buildings you can find in the region which are quite many. These are composed by Gothic and Romanesque churches and what’s left of the half-timbered houses and castles. Several town even have medieval walls still standing, such as Saint-Malo, Vannes and Guerande. Some of the churches that are in this style include the Dol Cathedral and Nantes Cathedral along with Kreisker chapel. The castles that still stand were rebuilt from the 13th century to the 15th century and some examples of these are the Chateau de Largoet, the Chateau de Treccesson and the Josselin Castle. Although these castles are important, there are some major significant ones that are not to be missed, namely the Chateau de Vitre, the Chateau de Clisson, the Chateau de Chateaunbriant and the Chateau de Fougeres.
There are also several festivals that you can participate in and events that are held regularly in Brittany, such as the music festival called La Route du Rock, the Reccontres Trans Musicales, the Festival Interceltique de Lorient and the biggest classical music festival in France, La Folle Journee.
Also a highlight of Brittany and an important part of Breton culture is represented by the Fete de la Bretagne in the 19th of May.
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