The privateer city of Saint Malo

Posted by on July 8, 2012

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The port city of Saint Malo is considered a precious gem found in Britain’s Emerald Coast. Found in the north east section of the country, this is a beautiful city with rich heritage in sea faring. Once a fortress, the place has unique structures that are still erect today. Its history involves sea trade, privateer, and discovery. The Emerald Coast is considered a tourist region that is filled with a great number of both natural and historical attractions. It is known to the world as a place where you can experience oysters and seafood. It is said to have the highest number of seafood restaurants in the whole region.

Saint Malo

Saint Malo

Mole of Saint Malo

Mole of Saint Malo

Saint Malo aerial view

Saint Malo aerial view

Restaurants in Saint Malo

Restaurants in Saint Malo

Saint Malo nightlife

Saint Malo nightlife

Saint Malo is also known as Cité Corsaire or City of Privateers. For over five hundred years, it had been a center of privateering in Europe. Privateering is a legal activity regulated by the government wherein a private warship is authorized by the government to attack enemy vessels during the war. This activity brought a lot of wealth to the city. Most profits coming from any captured sale go to the economy. Mansions and defense lines are built. Saint Malo is finally seeking independence from their French Rulers. At the end of the 15th century, they started to commission vessels to different parts of the world. 1967 is the time when the nearby districts of Saint-Servan and Paramé merged with the city. Saint Malo is perfect for exploring, especially due to its narrow streets.

Houses in Saint Malo

Houses in Saint Malo

Saint Malo, a city within a fortress

Saint Malo, a city within a fortress

Saint Malo road

Saint Malo road

Saint Malo by night

Saint Malo by night

The seafront wall gives an excellent view of the whole town including the bay. During the Middle Ages, walls, towers and bastions were built. The main chateau that was built in the 15th century is now being used as a city hall and history museum where the sea faring heritage of the town is displayed. The tour solidor is the 14th century tower that was built to control any access to Saint Malo. It is now a maritime museum that holds a large collection of voyages. There are several forts within the city including Fort Harbour, Fort Petit Be and Fort Cezembre. Some of them are open to tourists.

Walls protecting the city

Walls protecting the city

The chateau of Saint Malo

The chateau of Saint Malo

Tour Solidor

Tour Solidor

During World War II, saint Malo was bombed severely and 80% of it was wiped out. It took over 10 years for the city to get back to its feet. Islets of Grand Be and Petit Be are popular among tourists. They can be reached by foot during low tide. One can find forts in these islets meant to protect the city from attacks.  There is also a Saint Vincent cathedral that was built in the 12th century. After thirty years of reconstruction, the cathedral is back to its glory. Another popular attraction is the Great Aquarium as it houses thousands of marine animals and hundreds of species.

Fort Petit Be

Fort Petit Be

Fort Petite Be aerial view

Fort Petite Be aerial view

Saint Malo chapel built in 1936

Saint Malo chapel built in 1936

Inside the Saint Malo Aquarium

Inside the Saint Malo Aquarium

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