Brest

Strategically located near the western tip of the Breton Peninsula, this naval port has a rich military history. Among its landmarks are the heavily fortified Chateau de Brest and the rotund 14th century Tour Tanguy tower. It contains a fascinating museum with dioramas depicting Brest on the eve of World War II. The city's Oceanopolis, one of Europe's largest marine complexes, presents more than 1,000 different species. Breast is also known for its National Botanical Reserve, which focuses on endangered plants rarely found elsewhere.

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