St-Malo

St-Malo was originally in the Middle Ages a fortified island at the mouth of the Rance, controlling not only the estuary but the open sea beyond. It traces its origins to a monastic settlement founded by saints Aaron and Brendan early in the sixth century. In later centuries it became a pirate haven; for four years from 1590, St-Malo even declared itself to be an independent republic. St-Malo is the most visited place in Brittany, combining a romantic walled town with an equally romantic seashore.

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Castle

approaching along the wall promenade

Uploaded: February 05, 2010
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