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St Malo is a walled port city in Brittany in northwestern France on the English Channel. St Malo during the Middle Ages was a fortified island at the mouth of the Rance River, controlling not only the estuary but the open sea beyond. The promontory for of Aleth, south of the modern centre in what is now the Saint Servan district, commanded approaches to the Rance even before the Romans, but modern St Malo traces its origins to a monastic settlement founded by Saint Aaron and Saint Brendan early in the 6th century. St Malo became notorious as the home of the corsairs, French privateers and sometimes pirates. St Malo is a wonderful holiday destination, where tourists can enjoy culture, civilisation and history.
Top Attractions Within St Malo
Chateau de St Malo is an impressive landmark in town and acts as the town hall and is also home to the Museum of St Malo. The museum covers a number of themes including the long maritime history of St Malo, 19th century writers of which Chateaubriand is the most well known, World War II occupation and the destruction/reconstruction of the town. It is a wonderful place that must not be missed, since it gives tourists a glimpse into the past of France.
Cathedrale St Vincent. The tall spire of the Cathedrale St Vincent soars above the streets of St Malo and is clearly visible to visitors arriving by sea. There has been a church on the site since the 12th century with the current Gothic cathedral dating to the 13th. A plaque in the aisle commemorates the departure of explorer Jacques Cartier to Canada.
Porte St. Vincent is the main entrance into the citadel of St Malo is via the Porte St Vincent gate. Immediately inside and to the front of the Castle is Place Chateaubriand, the liveliest pat of the St Malo Old Town and home to numerous hotels and restaurants. Outside this entrance are the inner commercial harbours of St Malo.