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Brest is a city in the Brittany part of North Western France. It is an important harbor in France, as well as the second largest military port. It was turned into a military area by Richelieu, which it continued to be until quite recently. Now, Brest is an important university town. There are not many historically significant buildings or architectural examples left, but Brest is still a city worth visiting, if only for its rich military history.
The most famous land mark in Brest is the Pont de Recouvrance, which is a very large draw bridge that reaches 64 meters (210 feet) in height.
The Tanguy tower is one of the only remaining old buildings in Brest and hosts a museum around the history of Brest. The ancient castle in Brest is home to the Mus?e National de la Marine (National Navy Museum). The oldest church in Brest was built in 1750 and is the Saint Sauveur Church, which was built by Am?d?e Fran?ois Fr?zier. The Saint Louis church was rebuilt after the Second World War in a modern style, but is a real marvel to visit because of its stained glass windows.
The Oceanopolis is certainly worth a visit. This marine museum has a very large variety of species and also has Europe?s largest penguin aquarium.
The Conservatiore Botanique National is a beautiful botanical conservation area and many enjoy strolling through it for rest and relaxation.
Most people who visit Brest will have a walk around Rue de Siam (Siam Street), a popular shopping street with some beautiful fountains designed by Martha Pan.
Brest Airport is only a 15 minutes drive from Brest city centre. Although public transportation is reasonable in Brittany, there are also many hard to reach areas that have some truly interesting history and beautiful sights. Hiring a car could be a very cost effective option for your visit. www.anycarhire.com would be happy to compare available car hire for you from many different car hire companies: in just a few seconds, you will be able to see the different cars available and the prices.