Hotel de Rennes

43 Boulevard de la Gare, Le Mans, 72000, France
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by shiran_d

Located along the Sarthe River, the Roman city of Le Mans "Vindinum" was surrounded by a wall at the end of the third century (280-310).

This fortified city or "castrum" of the Later Roman Empire closed off the high point of the Sarge plateau by forming an irregular quadrilateral of 450 m in length by 200 m in width.

The 1,300 meters of its perimeter closed in an area of nine hectares that would become for 15 centuries the historic center of city of Le Mans.

With no real foundations, the rampart has a dado made up of several layers of big square rocks with dry joints. These blocks are occasionally decorated with chiseling or brocaded bossage forming lines in the arcs of a circle. The stonework of the facing was raised on a small machine with seats that alternated the layers of bricks at regular intervals.

These materials were joined with pink mortar the color of which was obtained by adding crushed brick or tile in the sand and lime. The builders played with different shades of the rubble stones to create a polychrome capable of making a geometric design:

It's well preserved state makes it a unique monument in France.

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