Nantes (France) is the capital of the department of the Loire-Atlantique and of the Pays de la Loire region. It is one of the French cities that has grown fastest in recent years. Nantes gives off dynamism and life. In 2013 it was awarded the European Green Capital Prize. It is a city with many attractions for travelers, especially for those who love Jules Verne. Do not miss them!
Les Machines de l’île
Les Machines de l’île is an unpublished artistic project. As they explain on their website: “Les Machines de l’île was born from the imagination of François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice, it is situated halfway between the” invented worlds “of Jules Verne, the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci and the industrial history of Nantes, in the exceptional location of the old shipyards.”
Some incredible machines populate Nantes. You can get on the Grand Éléphant and tour the park or visit La Galerie des Machines that houses a laboratory and a whole bestiary of machines, and finally visit the Carrousel des Mondes Marins, a giant mechanical aquarium.
Cathédrale Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul
Constructing this cathedral cost a whopping 457 years. The building is flamboyant Gothic style and absolutely impressive. You can enter for free and visit the tombs of the kings: Francisco II and Margarita de Foix. Must visit.
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Château des ducs de Bretagne
The Castle of the Dukes of Brittany is located in the historic center of Nantes. It has a fort of 500 meters of walkway that are adorned by seven towers joined by curtains. On the other hand, it is a fifteenth-century ducal residence of tuffeau stone and flamboyant Gothic style. There are other buildings of the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries that complete this space.
Jardin les plantes
The Garden of Plants is a public place in the middle of the city. It has an area of 7.32 hectares, more than 10,000 live species, 800m of greenhouses and more than 50,000 flowers planted each season. It was created in the year 1687 and is one of the main botanical gardens of France. Do not miss their giant figures made on grass.
Jules Verne Museum
Jules Verne was born in Nantes and its city wanted to honor them with a great museum. This building was opened in 1978 and was restored in 2005. The museum houses manuscripts, books, illustrations, excerpts, posters, games, documents about the famous writer. A perfect way to approach the universe and the imaginary of Verne.