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First in a series of captures made during a short break last month in the city of Rennes, the regional capital of Brittany in West France. This is the Palais du Commerce on Place de la République.

Some information from Rennes Tourist Office web site:

The river Vilaine (which paases through the centre of the city) was canalised in the mid-19th century, with a covered stretch between the Nemours and Berlin bridges that was officially opened in 1912 by the mayor Jean Janvier.

An imposing palace was built here between 1885 and 1929 by Jean-Baptiste Martenot and later Emmanuel Le Ray. The building was commissioned by the mayor Edgar Le B.....d to make the southern part of the city more attractive. It originally housed the Trade Exchange and the post and telegraph office.

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