• Bastion Bretonnière or Condé

  • Built beginning in 1637, it bears the name of the governor of Burgundy

  • It was partly demolished in the 18th century

Bastion Bretonnière, whose construction began in 1637, bears the name of the governor of Burgundy at that time (the Prince de Condé).

In 1656, the Bretonnière district cheered the ceremonial entry of Queen Christina of Sweden, and then in 1741 the ceremonial entry of the Ambassador of the Sublime Porte (the Ottoman Empire).

Partly demolished at the end of the 18th century, in 1779 it was given a monumental gate, the twin of the Porte Saint-Nicolas gate, by Mayor Maufoux. It was through this gate that the Duchess of Angoulême passed on 19 August 1916, cheered by ardent supporters of the restoration of the monarchy.

Too narrow, Porte Bretonnière would then be pulled down in 1869. At the exit from this gate, the coaching inn is now the prestigious Hotel de la Poste; at its foot, by the moat, an entrance still bears the name "Creux aux chevaux".

As part of our guided tours, you can see the remains of the moat, with the course of the Bouzaize.

Nearby, you can explore the very untypical Rue Maufoux, with its charming shops, its famous restaurants, and the beautiful facades of its mansions.

On the left of the Bastion, you can see the former coaching inn, which is now the Hotel de la Poste, and the "Creux aux Chevaux"