Rennes is a city of northwestern France, in the east of Brittany.
Rennes is the capital of the Bretagne région, as well as the préfecture of the Ille-et-Vilaine département.
Population - City 206,229 (1999 census)
- Metropolitan area 521,188 (1999 census).
Inhabitants of Rennes are called Rennais.
The ancient centre of the town is built on a hill, with the north side being more elevated than the south side.
It is at the meeting point of two rivers: the Ille and the Vilaine.
Rennes is classified as a city of art and history.
Rennes is the capital of the région of Brittany, in France, the seat of the 'préfecture de région' and of the 'conseil régional'.
It has a long history due to its location at the confluence of two rivers.
The eastern Armorican people of Redones founded Condate- an ancient Celtic word meaning confluent- at the confluence of the Ille and Vilaine rivers and made it the capital of a territory that extended to the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel.
The name of the city of Redon also reflects that of the Redones.
Early in the 1st century BCE, they adopted the Greek and Roman practice of issuing coinage, adapting the widely-imitated gold staters of Philip II of Macedon, in the characteristic Celtic coin metal alloy called billion.
Without inscriptions, as the Celtic practice was, the Redones coinage features a carioteer whose pony has a human head.
Large hoards of their coins were unearthed in the "treasure of Amanlis" found in June 1835 and that of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande, discovered in February 1941.
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We arrived in Rennes by jumping on the wrong train.
Now, there's nothing wrong with Rennes, but that's not the city that was Hui Chin and my original choice to visit.
Well, give us a break, whether a city is beautiful and deserves a visit, we couldn't turn up in every city in France or any other place.
We have to prioritise, end of story.
Took a few photos and caught the next train to our destination.
Rennes is a beautiful and friendly city.
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