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Interesting
Alençon The Essential
Interesting
It's worth making a detour to visit Alençon in order to understand why this small town enjoys such renown. Once the seat of a duchy (the second Duke of Alençon, Jean de Valois, nicknamed the "handsome duke", was a comrade-in-arms of Joan of Arc), the town was renowned for the refined delicacy of its lace, and was the site of a royal workshop in the reign of Louis XIV. The town preserves its historical treasures, as visitors will see for themselves.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Alençon
Notre Dame Basilica, Alençon
Notre Dame Basilica, Alençon
The three-panelled door is the work of
30 minutes
Museum of Fine Arts and lace of Alençon
Museum of Fine Arts and lace of Alençon
Superb lace collections here, you can
90 minutes
Birthplace of the Martin family - Chapelle Sainte-Thérèse
Birthplace of the Martin family - Chapelle Sainte-Thérèse
The house in which Thérèse Martin (who
30 minutes
Guise House
Guise House
This 17C building today houses the
15 minutes
Maison d'Ozé
Maison d'Ozé
According to legend, the future Henri IV
15 minutes
Stall House
Stall House
You will recognise this house at no 10
15 minutes