18 Sights in Laval, France (with Map and Images)
Explore interesting sights in Laval, France. Click on a marker on the map to view details about it. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 18 sights are available in Laval, France.List of cities in France Sightseeing Tours in Laval
1. Église Notre-Dame des Cordeliers
The church of Notre Dame des Cordeliers de Laval is a church in Laval, built in the late sixteenth century and early seventeenth century. It was built from 1397 to 1407 by the religious called to Laval by Guy XII de Laval and his wife Jeanne de Laval, widow in first marriage of the constable Bertrand Du Guesclin. It included, before the work of the nineteenth century, only a main nave flanked by a single collateral to the north on which opened 7 side chapels which were decorated in the seventeenth century with an extraordinary series of altarpieces thus constituting probably the largest ensemble of the West of the France. The church has six marble altars with altarpieces of the seventeenth century and paneled vault painted scenes from the life of Saint Bruno and Saint Bonaventure. An altar of the same style occupies the entire width of the choir. It was listed as a historic monument by decree of 15 February 1926.
2. Château Neuf
The Laval Castle is a castle located in Laval, in the French department of Mayenne. Its foundation in the 10th century allowed the birth of the city. Emblematic monument of Laval, it occupies a rocky promontory above the Mayenne River. It is composed of two distinct ensembles: the Old Castle, which corresponds to the medieval fortified castle, and the New Castle, a Renaissance gallery transformed into a courthouse in the 19th century. These two monuments are on the list of the first 1,034 French historical monuments classified in 1840.
3. Musée d'Art Naïf et des Arts Singuliers
The Musée d'Art naïf et d'Arts singuliers (MANAS) is a municipal museum of the City of Laval (Mayenne) located within the walls of the Old Castle. Created in 1967 on the initiative of artists Jules Lefranc and Andrée Bordeaux-Lepecq, it was then the first and only French establishment dedicated to naive art. Under the impetus of successive directors and curators, its collections have been enriched with hundreds of singular works, highlighting the deep links between the various self-taught art forms.
4. Ambroise Paré
Ambroise Paré was a French barber surgeon who served in that role for kings Henry II, Francis II, Charles IX and Henry III. He is considered one of the fathers of surgery and modern forensic pathology and a pioneer in surgical techniques and battlefield medicine, especially in the treatment of wounds. He was also an anatomist, invented several surgical instruments, and was a member of the Parisian barber surgeon guild.
5. Musée des Sciences (Centre de Culture Scientifique, Technique et Industrielle)
The Musée des Sciences is a municipal museum in Laval, Mayenne, France. It is located in a neo-Greek building on the edge of the Perrine garden and the Place de Hercé. It has more than 120,000 pieces collected from the nineteenth century, including herbariums, stuffed animals, minerals, fossils and ancient scientific instruments. It also has a scientific library containing a number of ancient scientific works.
6. Cathédrale de la Sainte-Trinité
Laval Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church and a national monument in Laval, France. The cathedral has been listed since 1840 as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture. Since the establishment of the Diocese of Laval in 1855, it has been its cathedral. The building dates back to the 11th century, but has been much altered and expanded in the 12th, 15th, 16th and 19th centuries.
7. Pont Vieux
The Pont Vieux is a bridge built over the Mayenne River in Laval. It dates from the thirteenth century and is the oldest bridge in the city. It also remained the only bridge in Laval until the construction of the Aristide-Briand Bridge in the early nineteenth century. It has been listed as a historic monument since 1926. Originally, it was named Pont Saint-Julien or Pont de Mayenne.
8. La cité du lait
The Lactopôle is a private museum in Laval, Mayenne. It is managed by the company Lactalis and is located close to its global headquarters. The Lactopôle is dedicated to André Besnier, the founder of the company, and it presents the history of dairy production through 2,500 objects. It opened in 1999 and is housed in a former factory of the Besnier group.
9. Borne du Serment de Koufra
The Capture of Kufra was part of the Allied Western Desert Campaign during the Second World War. Kufra is a group of oases in the Kufra District of south-eastern Cyrenaica in the Libyan Desert. In 1940, it was part of the colony of Italian Libya Libia Italiana, which was part of Africa Settentrionale Italiana (ASI), which had been established in 1934.
10. Maison du Grand-Veneur
The Maison Renaissance du Grand-Veneur is a house located in Laval, in the Mayenne department. It is located at 68, 70 Grande rue and 14 rue des Orfèvres in Laval. It was built in the sixteenth century. In Renaissance style, this building inspired the neo-Renaissance hotel of the nineteenth century located at 26 rue de Nantes in the same city.
11. Henri Rousseau
Henri Julien Félix Rousseau was a French post-impressionist painter in the Naïve or Primitive manner. He was also known as Le Douanier, a humorous description of his occupation as a toll and tax collector. He started painting seriously in his early forties; by age 49, he retired from his job to work on his art full-time.
12. Maison de Clermont
The Maison dite de Clermont is a half-timbered house located in Laval, in the Mayenne department. It is located at 7, 9, 11 rue de la Trinité in Laval. It was built in the second half of the fifteenth century. Its name comes from its status as an urban residence to the abbots of Clermont Abbey.
13. Porte Beucheresse
The Porte Beucheresse is a town gate in Laval, Mayenne. It is the only surviving door in Laval, as well as one of the best preserved remains of the ramparts of Laval. It stands on the edge of Place Hardy-de-Lévaré, in the city center, and communicates with Rue des Serruriers.
14. Hôtel de Montfrand
The Hôtel de Monfrand or Hôtel de Sèze and Monfrand or Rousseau de Monfrand is a mansion located in Laval, in the Mayenne department. The hotel is located 21, 23, 25 rue du Hameau in Laval, on the path which was fastest leading to Château-Gontier.
15. Tour Rennaise
The Tour Rennaise or Renaise or sometimes called Tour du Maréchal is a tower located in Laval, Mayenne. It is one of the remains of the ramparts of Laval, placed at the northwest corner. It is 23 m high and 15 m in diameter.
16. Logis des Éperons
The Logis des Éperons is a mansion located in Laval, in the Mayenne department. It is located at 2, rue des Éperons in Laval. It was built in the fifteenth century and remodeled in the sixteenth and eighteenth century.
17. Église Saint-Pierre
The Church of Saint-Pierre-le-Potier is a church in Laval, Mayenne, France. It is a building of the eleventh century, decorated with murals at the end of the twelfth century or the beginning of the thirteenth century.
18. Jean Moulin
Jean Pierre Moulin was a French civil servant and resistant who served as the first President of the National Council of the Resistance during World War II from 27 May 1943 until his death less than two months later.
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