Sarthe
Le Mans
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Le Mans The Essential
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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)
Mounted on its hill and protected by a
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Sarthe Automobile Museum
Sarthe Automobile Museum
Tracing the history of the 24 Heures du
Cathedral of St Julien
Cathedral of St Julien
Note the superb Gothic chevet which must
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Joan of Arc's church (old Coeffort Hospital)
Joan of Arc's church (old Coeffort Hospital)
This attractive 12C building was
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Gallo-Roman Walls
Gallo-Roman Walls
Brilliantly restored along the Sarthe
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Tessé Museum
Tessé Museum
Established in the old bishop's house
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