Friday, 17 January 2014

Nantes, the quay de Ceineray and le monument aux 50 Otages - The 12th of January 2014 (morning)

Having looked through the guide book the previous evening so as to decide what to see during the second (and last) day in Nantes I decided to head towards the side of the Erdre river, more precisely along the quay Cerneray until reaching the memorial honouring the Nantais killed in the defence of France, as well as the "Monument aux 50 otages" .

The sculpted memorial ensemble des 50 otages depicts two representations of France, one holding the corn spike (France Renaissance) and the other one a spade (France Resistance) whilst on its base the names of  the 15 Nantais hostages shot to death by the occupying German troops as a retaliation for the assassination of Karl Holz (responsible for the German occupation in France) are engraved.

"Patriam servando victoriam ulit" (which stands for victory is brought to those who serve the country) highlights the motto of the resistance.

Charles De Gaulle statue is to be seen just across the road from the memorial. 

(To be continued)

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