12 Sights in Le Mans, France (with Map and Images)

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Here you can find interesting sights in Le Mans, France. Click on a marker on the map to view details about the sight. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 12 sights are available in Le Mans, France.

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1. Hôtel de Vignolles

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The Vignolles Hotel is located in Vieux-Mans, place Saint-Pierre. It was built in 1549 by Jean de Vignolles. The hotel was never finished. Its architecture is in the local Gothic style. Because of its transition structure, its circulation axis is firmly vertical. The hotel is located in a special location in the city, bringing a revival to the traditional parties in the 15th century. However, the hotel features aristocratic buildings in Upper Maine. However, it proves that there are similarities in the roots of aristocratic houses in rural and urban areas. By definition, its structure is not luxurious; Compared with other hotels mainly built on high places, its distribution on the ground is immortal. Its unique architecture puts it between Paris architecture and Ligle architecture, just like the location of the city and its natural attraction on the map of France. There is no doubt that Vignols pays special attention to the impact on visitors. First of all, he wants to bring more Parisianism to Le Mans with his exterior buildings. Then he considered the visitor's attitude. The aim, of course, was to impress regional Protestants, especially Somur Protestants, to flatter and dominate all the best Protestants. The Vignolles Hotel was a classic example of a classic national hotel built in Paris and elsewhere in France until the mid-17th century. The hotel has been owned by the city of Le Mans since 1926 and was partially listed as a historic monument in 1946. Restoration continues to this day, with the hotel splitting in two in 1799, profoundly affecting its original beauty and even disfiguring it.

Wikipedia: Hôtel de Vignolles (FR)

2. Palais du Grabatoire

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The Palais du Grabatoire is the current episcopal residence of the Bishop of Le Mans. It is an old canonical palace built in the first half of the sixteenth century for Jean de Couthardy. The palace is located in the district of the Cité Plantagenêt, the historic heart of Le Mans. The building faces the west door of St. Julian's Cathedral, Place du Cardinal Grente. Its name has commonly been reduced to Grabatoire or the Hotel du Grabatoire. Its surface is of an unusual size. Very few documents, books or magazines have traced the history of the building. It is one of the most unknown monuments in the city. The Grabatoire has been listed as a historical monument since 1927.

Wikipedia: Palais du Grabatoire (FR)

3. Mairie du Mans

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St. Pierre Lacour College Church is a former college church located in Le Mans, France. This is an old church dedicated to the earls of Maine, and their palaces are nearby. The College Church is located in the southwest of the old city and is used for various cultural activities today. It is considered one of the five municipal museums. In the 1862 list, the house of the municipal painting school was listed as a historical site, and finally, the church of St. Pierre's Lacour College was listed as a historical site in 1889.

Wikipedia: Collégiale Saint-Pierre-la-Cour (FR)

4. L'Envol

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The Wright brothers, Orville Wright and Wilbur Wright, were American aviation pioneers generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world's first successful motor-operated airplane. They made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft with the Wright Flyer on December 17, 1903, 4 mi (6 km) south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, at what is now known as Kill Devil Hills. The brothers were also the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.

Wikipedia: Wright brothers (EN)

5. Église Saint-Lazare

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St. Lazare Church is a religious building located in the center of St. George's District in Le Mans. It was built in 1892 and is located in an industrially prosperous part of the city. This area was once a suburb, and during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, its economic activities were concentrated on stamens. At the end of the 19th century, gas plants and tobacco factories employed a large number of workers. Initially, the area was divided into two parts, St. Lazare and St. George.

Wikipedia: Église Saint-Lazare du Mans (FR)

6. Étoc Demazy

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The Etoc-Demazy Hospital is a historic psychiatric hospital in the city of Le Mans, opened in 1828 located in the Novaxis district. Its closure occurred in 2011 in order to be attached to the hospital of Allonnes, located in the Mancelle agglomeration. The buildings have historical importance for the city, a study was undertaken by the Ministry of Culture for the Mérimée base, then cancelled. The Etoc-Demazy hospital has been classified as a historical monument since 2001.

Wikipedia: Hôpital Etoc-Demazy (FR)

7. Enceinte romaine

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The wall of Le Mans, formerly Vindinum or Vindunum, was the capital of the Gauls of Cenoman Aulerques and was built at the end of the third century. It is well preserved, covering an area of about 500 meters, and makes very beautiful geometric decorations with the multicolored materials in its structure. It has been listed as a historical site since 1862 and a World Heritage candidate by UNESCO since 2018.

Wikipedia: Enceinte romaine du Mans (FR)

8. Musée Jean-Claude-Boulard / Carré Plantagenêt

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The Museum of Archaeology and History of Maine, or officially Jean-Claude-Boulard Carré Plantagenet Museum, is a museum located in the city of Le Mans, in the Saint-Nicolas district, near the central sector. Completely restored and refurbished by architect Bernard Althabegoity, it was officially inaugurated on June 19, 2009 and was opened to the public the following day.

Wikipedia: Musée d'archéologie et d'histoire du Mans (FR)

9. Saint Julian Cathedral

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Le Mans Cathedral is a Catholic church situated in Le Mans, France. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Julian of Le Mans, the city's first bishop, who established Christianity in the area around the beginning of the 4th century. Its construction dated from the 6th through the 14th century, and it features many French Gothic elements.

Wikipedia: Le Mans Cathedral (EN)

10. Général Leclerc de Hautecloque

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Philippe François Marie Leclerc de Hauteclocque was a Free-French general during the Second World War. He became Marshal of France posthumously in 1952, and is known in France simply as le maréchal Leclerc or just Leclerc.

Wikipedia: Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque (EN)

11. Musée de Tessé

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Musée de Tessé photo par J.-F. Gaulon statue par Ernest Christophe (1827-1892) / CC BY 3.0

Tess Museum is an art museum in Le Mans, France. It offers many guided tours on a variety of subjects and is located on the edge of the natural environment of the Jacobins quinconces des Jacobins and Tess é parks.

Wikipedia: Musée de Tessé (FR)

12. Paul Henri Balluet d'Estournelles de Constant

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Paul Henri Benjamin Balluet d'Estournelles de Constant, Baron de Constant de Rebecque, was a French diplomat and politician, advocate of international arbitration and winner of the 1909 Nobel Prize for Peace.

Wikipedia: Paul Henri Balluet d'Estournelles de Constant (EN)

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