Attractively situated on islands in the estuary of France`s mighty Loire River, the solid city of Nantes exudes an air of importance and historical significance. It`s home to the restored, medieval Château des Ducs de Bretagne, where the Dukes of Brittany once lived. The castle is now a local history museum with multimedia exhibits, as well as a walkway atop its fortified ramparts.It is a wealthy industrial port, its architectural heritage reflecting its past achievements, from the medieval remnants in the narrow streets of pedestrianized Bouffay. Many famous people, from Molière to Stendhal, have lived here. Nantes is now home to high-tech industries, it has some 30,000 college students.
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