Free Walking Sightseeing Tour #1 in Le Mans, France


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 15 sights
Distance 3.6 km
Ascend 107 m
Descend 77 m

Explore Le Mans in France with this free self-guided walking tour. The map shows the route of the tour. Below is a list of attractions, including their details.

Individual Sights in Le Mans

Sight 1: Église Notre-Dame-du-Pré

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The Church of Notre-Dame-du-Pré is a Catholic religious building built in the city of Le Mans between the 11th and 12th centuries.

Wikipedia: Église Notre-Dame-du-Pré (FR)

590 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 2: Église Saint-Benoît

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The Church of Saint-Benoît is a religious building located in the city of Le Mans, in the heart of the historic district.

Wikipedia: Église Saint-Benoît du Mans (FR)

191 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 3: Hôtel Desportes de Linières

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Hotel Desportes de Linières, or Hotel Belin de Béru, is a mansion located in the city of Le Mans at 9 rue des Boucheries in the Halles district.

Wikipedia: Hôtel Desportes de Linières (FR)

308 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 4: Mairie du Mans

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The Saint-Pierre-la-Cour collegiate church is an old collegiate church located in the city of Le Mans. It is the old church dedicated to the counts of Maine whose palace was adjacent. Built like the cathedral straddling the Gallo-Roman enclosure, it is attested from the High Middle Ages. First a simple chapel, it has a chapter of canons by Hugues Ier, who is also the first count to consider Saint-Pierre as his personal chapel. The collegiate church then benefits from the boom in the county dynasty, and the Count Élie I was rebuilt at the end of the 11th century. Until the Revolution, it contains the relics of Scholastique, a patron saint of Le Mans, invoked in particular against fires. Henri II of England restores the collegiate church in the 12th century, but it was above all the addition of the monumental bedside at two levels in the 13th century by Charles II of Anjou which completes to give the building its imposing stature.

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

47 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 5: Escalier des Ponts Neufs

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The Pont-Neufs staircase is a staircase located in the French town of Le Mans in the Sarthe department and the Pays de la Loire region.

Wikipedia: Escalier des Pont-Neufs (FR)

79 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 6: Hôtel de Vignolles

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The Hôtel de Vignolles is located in Old Mans, Place Saint-Pierre. It was built in 1549 by Jean de Vignolles. The hotel was never finished. Its architecture is of a local Gothic style. Its circulation axis is resolutely vertical due to its transition architecture. The hotel is part of a particular position in the city, bringing a revival to the traditional 15th century party. The hotel is widely marked by the stately architecture of Haut-Maine, however. However, it attests to similarities in the roots of rural and urban seigniorial residences. If its construction is not, by definition, luxurious; Its spreading on the ground is monumental compared to the other hotels built mainly in height, within the Old Mans. Its particular architecture located it halfway between Parisian architecture and Loire architecture, such as the position of the city and its natural attractions on the map of France. There is no doubt that Vignolles was particularly attentive to the effect produced on the visitor. First, he wanted to bring more Parisianism to Le Mans with its external architecture. Then he took into account the visitor's approach. The goal was certainly to impress, flatter and dominate all the fine flower of regional Protestantism and in particular Saumur Protestantism. The Hôtel de Vignolles is the typical example of the National Hotel National which will be built in Paris as elsewhere in France until the middle of the 17th century. Property of the city of Le Mans since 1926, the hotel is partially classified as historic monuments in 1946. Even today, the restorations continue, a division in two of the hotel in 1799 having deeply marked or even disfigured its original beauty .

Wikipedia: Hôtel de Vignolles (FR)

139 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 7: Enceinte romaine

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The Gallo-Roman wall of Le Mans, also called the Roman wall of Le Mans, in the city formerly called Vindinum or Vindunum, capital of the Gallic people of the Aulerci Cenomans, was built during the Late Roman Empire, at a time long assumed to be the end of the third century but which more recent studies now place at the beginning of the fourth century.

Wikipedia: Enceinte romaine du Mans (FR)

89 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 8: Hôtel Richer de la Jousserie

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This table presents the list of all the historic monuments classified or inscribed in the city of Le Mans, Sarthe, in France.

Wikipedia: Liste des monuments historiques du Mans (FR)

198 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 9: Palais du Grabatoire

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The Palais du Grabitoire is the current episcopal remains of the bishop of Le Mans. It is a former canonical palace built in the first half of the 16th century for Jean de Couthardy. The Palais is located in the Cité Plantagenêt Cité, historic heart of Le Mans. The building faces the western door of the Saint-Julien cathedral, Place du Cardinal Grente. His name has commonly been reduced in Guboire or the Hôtel du Graboitoire. Its surface is an unusual size. Very few documents, books or magazines have retraced the history of the building. This is one of the most unknown monuments in the city. The grabatory has been written as a historic monument since 1927.

Wikipedia: Palais du Grabatoire (FR)

131 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 10: 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 1thth century, culminating in 1430 and it features many French Gothic elements.

Wikipedia: Le Mans Cathedral (EN)

116 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 11: Saint Julian stone

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The Saint-Julien stone, is a menhir carved in pink sandstone with a height of 4.55 meters, located in Le Mans, in France.

Wikipedia: Pierre Saint-Julien (FR)

357 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 12: Musée Jean-Claude-Boulard / Carré Plantagenêt

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Musée Jean-Claude-Boulard / Carré Plantagenêt

The Maine Archeology and History Museum, or officially Jean-Claude-Boulard Carré Plantagenêt Museum, is a museum located in the city of Le Mans, in the Saint-Nicolas district, close to the center sector. Completely restored and refurbished by the architect Bernard Althabegoity, he 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), Website

831 meters / 10 minutes

Sight 13: Centre culturel « Les Quinconces - L'Espal »

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The municipal theater of Le Mans, or Théâtre des Jacobins, is a performance hall present, in different forms, since 1842.

Wikipedia: Théâtre municipal du Mans (FR)

201 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 14: Paul Henri Balluet d'Estournelles de Constant

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Paul Henri Balluet d'Estournelles de Constant

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)

352 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 15: 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

The Tessé museum is the Museum of Fine Arts in the city of Le Mans in France. It offers many guided tours on various themes and is located on the sidelines of the natural frame of the quinconces of the Jacobins and the Park of Tessé.

Wikipedia: Musée de Tessé (FR), Website


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