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Le Mans

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Le Mans
The Essential
Recommended
Pork products, insurance and motor racing could be cited to give a summary of Le Mans, but that would be an inaccurate picture. One of France's four "red cities" (on account of the hue of its houses) it encompasses within its Gallo-Roman walls a rich history: a fine Gothic cathedral, and a warren of cobbled narrow streets bordered by half-timbered houses. The old town is known as Cité Plantagenêt, a reference to the dynasty which originated in these parts and long controlled the county of Maine.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Le Mans

Le Mans Old Town (Cité Plantagenêt) Le Mans Old Town (Cité Plantagenêt)
Le Mans Old Town (Cité Plantagenêt)
Mounted on its hill and protected by a
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Cathedral of St Julien Cathedral of St Julien
Cathedral of St Julien
Note the superb Gothic chevet which must
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Sarthe Automobile Museum Sarthe Automobile Museum
Sarthe Automobile Museum
Tracing the history of the 24 Heures du
Roman Wall of Le Mans
Roman Wall of Le Mans
This masterfully restored Roman wall in
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House of Reine Bérengère
House of Reine Bérengère
This elegant house was built in 1460 for
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Church Notre-Dame-de-la-Couture
Church Notre-Dame-de-la-Couture
This belongs to the Abbey of St-Pierre
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