Photographer's Note

By way of completing my previous posting, which featured the Place de la Mairie in Rennes, I am today posting a picture of the Mairie itself.

Some information courtesy of French Wikipedia:

The Mairie or Town Hall of Rennes was built from 1734 to 1743 by Jacques V Gabriel following the great fire of Rennes in 1720. Construction took place while Toussaint-François Rallier du Baty was mayor.

It was significantly reworked by Emmanuel Le Ray during the first mayoral mandate of Jean Janvier; at the time of taking office in 1908, the latter considered the building "unworthy of a chief town, even of lesser importance than Rennes". A monumental staircase was built in the south pavilion and interior fittings made to make the premises more functional.

It is currently home to most of the municipal services.

The ensemble is composed of two classically styled buildings connected by a quarter-circle with the clock tower standing back. The north wing of the town hall houses the " Pantheon of Rennes", a hall in memory of the dead of the 1914 – 1918 war 14-18. Its construction was also commissioned under the mayorship of Janvier on November 18, 1918. The south wing has a magnificent vestibule in the form of a portico with pink marble columns.

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