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Tour Bretagne, Nantes

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Tour Bretagne (Brittany Tower in English) opened on November 18, 1976 at 17:00, is a 37-story skyscraper situated in downtown Nantes between a main thoroughfare, Cours des 50 Otages, and Place Bretagne (Brittany square).

With a total height of 144 meters (472 feet), it dominates the skyline of the city of Nantes and is the third tallest building in France outside of Paris, after Tour Part-Dieu in Lyon and CMA CGM Tower in Marseilles. Built on the water tank, the antennas reach 25 metres (82 ft) above the top floor.

Initiated by André Morice then Mayor of Nantes, the building was conceived by French architect Claude Devorsine in the 1960s. By the time of its completion in the 1970s, public aesthetics had changed and the building was an economic failure, remaining mostly empty for a long time. It later became used for government offices.

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  • Maybe this was fashion in 20c 70's, but this is such an ugly skyscraper ruining the Nantes skyline. Nantes is a very beautiful city with nice squares, terrific Chateau, historic buildings,...etc and.....  more
    Maybe this was fashion in 20c 70's, but this is such an ugly skyscraper ruining the Nantes skyline. Nantes is a very beautiful city with nice squares, terrific Chateau, historic buildings,...etc and.....  more »
  • The whole place is closed for repairs indefinitely. There are signs on the outside that seem to suggest they don’t know when it will open up again. Pretty disappointing! 
    The whole place is closed for repairs indefinitely. There are signs on the outside that seem to suggest they don’t know when it will open up again. Pretty disappointing!  more »

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