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CHÂTEAU DES DUCS DE BRETAGNE
Icôns refugees’ heirlooms

On July 24th 1923, the Treaty of Lausanne was signed, ending the war between Greece and Turkey that began in 1919.
It is considered to be the last peace treaty of WWI and has been judged by some to be the only guarantee of lasting peace between Greece and Turkey. For others, it was a violation of Human Rights. 

The treaty imposed the exchange of civil populations and defined the terms of forced migration on both sides of the Aegean Sea.
1.3 million Greeks and 400,000 Muslims were forced to leave their homes, leaving their belongings behind.

At the moment of their exile, many of the Greek men and women of Asia Minor left with their religious icons, or those from their churches. These precious, sacred, or protective objects established a link between an old and a new country, between an old and a new life.


Today, some icons in France act as a testament of a migration extending far beyond Greece’s borders.

Each one tells a story.

The exhibition on display at the Musée d’histoire de Nantes, in partnership with the Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens, offers a chance to discover the exceptional objects from the Refugee Treasures exhibition presented in 2009 in Athens, and a selection of items conserved in France that will be presented for the first time.


EXHIBITION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BYZANTINE AND CHRISTIAN MUSEUM IN ATHENS.

THE CHÂTEAU DES DUCS DE BRETAGNE HAS BEEN AWARDED THE TOURISME ET HANDICAP LABEL.

EXHIBITION REALIZED WITH THE SUPPORT OF AIR FRANCE.


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OPENING HOURS
Open from 01/09/2016 to 13/11/2016
from 10:30 to 18:00 (on tuesdays, wednesdays, thursdays, fridays, saturdays, sundays)
Last access to the ticket office: 30mn before closing.
PRICES
Entrance to the Museum and the exhibition : 8€ / Reduced price : 5€
Free admission for Pass Nantes holders
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DIRECTIONS
Château des Ducs de Bretagne
4 Place Marc Elder
44000 Nantes
Tramway line 1 and Busway line 4, "Duchesse Anne - Château des ducs de Bretagne" stop.
CONTACT
Tél. 0811 46 46 44 service gratuit + prix appel
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FOOD
On the courtyard, in the tower of the old dungeon and of the lodge, les Oubliettes welcomes you for a moment to indulge in an exceptional place. Discover the flavours of local specialities and typical regional meals throughout the seasons.
BOUTIQUES
The bookstore offers a selection of works focusing on history and the city (the castle’s own publishing house, Les Éditions du château, as well as other reference books). There is also a wide range of original products and merchandise inspired by Nantes and its identity: watercolours of Nantes by Eric Cabanas, château-inspired notebooks, French Revolution tokens with “Vivre libre ou mourir” (“Live free or die”), berlingot nantais (local specialty candy) or, for kids, a stuffed toy version of La Petite Hermine (Jacques Cartier’s boat), as well as the castle’s little ghost...


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