Welcome to Rezé, a charming commune located in the Loire-Atlantique department in the Pays de la Loire region of western France. This southern suburb of Nantes is steeped in history, dating back to the Roman era when it was known as Portus Ratiatus and Ratiatum Pictonum Portus. Rezé was an important port on the south shore of the Loire and a place for meetings and trade between the various Celtic tribes of the region. Today, visitors can explore the ruins of a Gallo-Roman settlement and a priory of Saint Lucien. In the feudal age, it was the capital of the Pays de Retz within the Duchy of Brittany. The commune is surrounded by the communes of Nantes, Vertou, Les Sorinières, Pont-Saint-Martin, and Bouguenais. It is limited north by the Loire, east by the Sèvre Nantaise and the Ilette, west by the Jaguère and south by the boulevard périphérique of Nantes. Visitors can take a train from Rezé-Pont-Rousseau station to Pornic, Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, and Nantes. One of the notable monuments in Rezé is the Unité d’Habitation of Nantes-Rezé, a monumental apartment building designed by Le Corbusier. Rezé is also twinned with several international cities, including Saint-Wendel (Germany), Aïn Defla (Algeria), Dundalk (Ireland), Villa El Salvador (Peru), Ineu (Romania), Rural Community of Ronkh, Diawar (Senegal), and Abu Dis (Palestine). Come and discover the hidden treasures of Rezé, France – a destination that should be on every traveler’s bucket list.

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