Brest is a city in Finistere departement in Brittany, northwestern France, with a total area of 49.51 km2 (19.12 ml2). Situated in a sheltered position not far from Breton peninsula's western tip, and western extremity of metropolitan France, the city of Brest is a major harbour and the 2nd French military port following Toulon. It is located on continental Europe's western edge. With 144,550 inhabitants in 2009 census, Brest lies at the centre of the largest metropolitan area of Western Brittany (with a population of more than 300,300), ranking 3rd behind Nantes and Rennes in whole Brittany, and the 19th most populous French city. Moreover, Brest offers services to the 1 million inhabitants of Western Brittany. Despite the fact that Brest is by far the biggest city in Finistere, the prefecture (regional capital) of the department is Quimper, which is much smaller.
During the Middle Ages, Brest's history was the history of city's castle. Richelieu was the one who made it a military harbour and Brest grew around its arsenal, until the 2nd part of 20th century. Heavily damaged by Allies' bombing raids during WWII, the city centre was rebuilt after the war. At the end of 20th century and the beginning of 21st century, the deindustrialization of Brest was followed by the growth of the service sector.
Today, Brest is a major university town with more than 23,000 students. Besides its multidisciplinary university, University of Western Brittany, the city and its surrounding area possess a few prestigious French elite schools, including Ecole Navale (French Naval Academy), Telecom Bretagne and Superior National School of Advanced Techniques of Brittany. Brest is an important research centre, which is mainly focused on the sea, with the French Polar Institute, the largest Ifremer centre (French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea) and le Cedre (Centre of Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution).
The history of the city has always been connected to the sea: the Naval Academy (Academie de Marine) was established in 1752 in the city. The aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle was also built there. Every 4 years, Brest is the host of the "international festival of the sea, boats and sailors" (Les Tonnerres de Brest) - a meeting of old riggings from all around the world.
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