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The character of Saint-Malo would not be the same without the walls that surround the old city. Begun in 1144 under the diocese of Aleth's leadership, Saint-Malo's ramparts were only really in place between the thirteenth and fourteenth century.
Laid on rock, the walls are held together by the weight of stacked stones. Repeatedly restored, particularly by Vauban, and enlarged by Simeon Garangeau, the walls feature many gates protected by imposing towers.
Nowadays, the walls are only patrolled by day-trippers, who can admire the bay and the yachts that sail off the coast of Brittany.
Le Monde du Coquillage is a 120m22 exhibition (with 70 glass display cases) which lets you discover various varieties of shells. The specimens present were collected as they are and have not undergone any modification.
You can also admire starfish and sea urchins there, as well as other species coming from the underwater world.
La Demeure de corsaire is a private mansion built in 1725 for François-Auguste Magon de la Lande, privateer of Louis XV, director of the Indies Company and shipowner.
Part of this building, a listed historical monument, is open to visits, during which a guide retraces his activity, with its specifics: the caves (below sea level), a hidden staircase, etc. This is done with the help of items such as arms, chests, china, spices, etc.).
Part of the premises can also be rented out for professional or private event hosting.
The fantastic journey provided by the Grand Aquarium is an attraction not to be missed in Saint-Malo. With its spectacular tanks and cutting-edge displays, the aquarium offers a captivating insight into the rich worlds to be found under the sea. Discover an astonishing 600 species!
Follow the direction of the visit, from the cold oceans of the north to tropical seas, via sharks in the 360° tank, to the mysterious denizens of the sunken galleon and brightly-coloured tropical species.
Enjoy the unique experience of undersea exploring in the Nautilus submarine.
Built in the 12th century, the Saint-Vincent de Saint-Malo cathedral, hard hit in 1944, did not get its spire back until 1987. The choir of the Saint-Vincent de Saint-Malo cathedral shows fine and elegant lines, and under the nave, the Romanesque capitals are adorned with interlacing and animals.
A mosaic represents Jacques Cartier, who came to pray there before setting off for Canada in 1535. It now resides in the north chapel, next to another famous navigator born in Saint Malo, Duguay Trouin.