The Palais St Georges and its surrounding garden are close to Park Thabor, the best-known green recreational area of Rennes. It is just outside of the busy part of the city center.
The palais is a former Benedictine abbey erected in the 17th century to replace an even older abbey going back to the 11th century. The abbess Magdelaine de la Fayette commissioned a new building and her name is immortalized with large metal letters in the facade of the building designed by Pierre Corbineau. The building served only a little more than 100 years in its designed use as an abbey and then was seized by the government after the French revolution.
The garden is lovely, in particular in the warm evening sun of these late summer days. A beautiful, well-fed and well-groomed calico cat was joining me on my walk. Her tail was crippled and yet she managed well to make it a cute accessory.