Exhibition, Major event
Château des ducs de Bretagne
Genghis Khan
Mongolians changed the world

From october 14th 2023 to may 5th 2024


This exhibition is the first in France to be dedicated to one of history’s greatest conquerors: Genghis Khan.

With the rare exhibition of objects dating from the 1st to the 14th century A.D., and from Mongolia’s national collections – including a large number of national treasures, complemented by objects from major French and European museums – this exhibition offers an insight into the history of this great empire.
From the Mongolian plains to the southernmost borders of China, from the Pacific Ocean to the far reaches of the Middle East, Genghis Khan and his descendants built a vast empire during the 13th century that would change the face of the Earth.

At their peak, Mongolians controlled more than 22% of the Earth’s surface, and Genghis Khan’s grandson, Kublai Khan, Great Khan of the Mongolians, became Emperor of China by founding the Yuan Dynasty, establishing the capital in Dadu (current-day Beijing).

After years of violent conquest, the “Pax Mongolica” allowed for commercial, scientific, and artistic relations to flourish between the East and West, allowing for an unparalleled period of exchange.