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Duchesne Tower (or Tower Chesne, formerly Munt Tower) is a fifteenth century tower located in Rennes near the door Mordelaise. It takes its name Jehan du Chesne, great doorman Rennes and first inhabitant of the tower. It is classified historical monument since 1944 [1].

It is the first city walls of Rennes which dates from the third century but was rebuilt between 1447 to 1459 at the same time that the second chamber and the door Mordelaise.

In 1143, the privilege is granted to Papegaut Rennes. The Papegaut (from old French for parrot) is an annual shooting competition on a bird made of cardboard or wood, first with the crossbow and then after 1605 to the musket. The winner was named "King of the pope-hawk" and has privileges (exemption and right to raise taxes). A Papegaut is installed on the tower until 1680 [2] [3].

In the sixteenth century, a trap was laid low for use as a prison pit.

She is now in the Loretto-Hyacinthe Square where there is also one of the last vestiges of the first wall and the cross of the Mission.


Theme of Rennes, la nuit.

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