Mordelese Gate

6 Rue des Portes Mordelaises
35000 Rennes

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Les Portes Mordelaises


Mordelese Gate

A castle entrance gate with two towers, defended by a drawbridge and featuring two smaller gates for carriages and pedestrians, once led to Mordelles. This symbolic setting was where the future Dukes of Brittany swore an oath to defend Brittany’s freedoms. The mediaeval walls to the west were built on the site of a third-century wall. An artillery platform was added on the fortified gateway (or barbican) to protect this entrance to Rennes.

Since the beginning of 2022, the redevelopment of the Portes Mordelaises has enabled the creation of the rampart gardens.

Practical information:

  • To get there by metro: lines a and b, station Sainte-Anne | By bus: line C2, stop Les Lices (from 24 October: city centre shuttle bus, stop Place des Lices) | STAR station, the bicycle: Les Lices | By car: parking Les Lices
  • Accessible to people with reduced mobility. Please note that crossing the Rue des Portes Mordelaises between the Portes Mordelaises and the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre may be difficult (cobblestones on the ground).