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The town was founded around 150 BC, as a trading and market village. The name comes from a Celtic tribe, the Vaneti people. They were defeated by the Romans in 56 BC and slaughtered or sold into slavery. It later became a Saxon town, called "Gwened" and grew to further prominence in the 5th Century AD, when a diocese was established here.
Today, Vannes is known for its pictaresque beauty, gardens, architecture, history, and downtown area.
People Born in Vannes
Vannes in People's Lives
Keira Knightley: I traveled here in 1994 to film the movie Innocent Lies. I was 9 years old, and it was my first role in a major film.