Once home to the powerful barons of Vitré, the château, former fortress of the Marches de Bretagne, stands out like the figurehead from the oblong-shaped walls, remarkably preserved and one of a kind in Europe. As you wander through the streets of the old town: Rue d’Embas, Rue de la Baudrairie, Rue de la Poterie or Notre-Dame, admire the intricate façades of the private townhouses erected in the 16th and 17th centuries by the overseas cloth traders, or the Marchands d’Outre Mer. The walled town’s Notre-Dame church was built between 1420 and 1570, when flamboyant Gothic art flourished, followed by the Renaissance period. This church is one of the most prestigious symbols of the prosperity resulting from the international cloth trade. Like flicking through the pages of a history book, Vitré boasts a wealth of architectural treasures as precious souvenirs and relics of the past. Surrounded by a tranquil, rolling landscape, set off and discover the area which was home to Madame de Sévigné, the famous 17th century letter writer and lady of Les Rochers, a manor house typical of Vitré’s wooded countryside. Visit the museums (Château de Vitré, Château de Saint-Nicolas, Château des Rochers-Sévigné) and admire the lakes, rivers and forest. Not forgetting to take the time to savour and enjoy the friendly atmosphere and culinary delights offered by Vitré’s restaurants.
A small and friendly town.
With more than 17,000 residents, Vitré has high-quality services and is home to a significant number of national and international companies. As an educational centre, it is also a renowned cultural location: Maison des Cultures du Monde (House of World Cultures), art library, artist-in-residence programmes, multimedia library, and more. With a third of the population under the age of 20, Vitré is a young and dynamic town. Thanks to its active network of societies and specialised facilities, sports and leisure are accessible to all. Vitré, a great place to live.