HÔTEL DE VILLE, MÉRIADECK
A contemporary vision in a historic district. There are several museums in the area surrounding Saintandré Cathedral and the Palais Rohan (the town hall). The town hall’s reception rooms open onto a view of Mériadeck, the business district that was constructed in a typical 1960’s style.
1 PORTE DIJEAUX & PLACE GAMBETTA
A gateway into the city from the West since the Roman era (then called Jovia Gate), it was rebuilt by Voisin between 1748 and 1753 according to André Portier’s designs. Until the Revolution, it was called Dauphin’s Gate in honour of the French Dauphin, the future King Louis XVI. The arc de triomphe opens out onto Place Gambetta, marked out as the official centre of the city by a milestone in the 19th century; it still stands at number 10. Development work will begin in 2018 to transform “Gambetta” into a garden square. Place Gambetta - B > Gambetta - madd
2 MOLLAT BOOKSTORE
Located in a house occupied by Montesquieu (see page 29), Mollat has been a vital cultural space for literature lovers since 1896. With 15 subject sections over 2,700 m² and more than 300,000 titles, it is the largest independent bookstore in France. 15 rue Vital Carles > B > Gambetta - madd +33 (0)5 56 56 40 40 - www.mollat.com 9:30 am to 7:30 pm. Closed on Sundays