Le Mans Off The Beaten Path

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    Collégiale Saint Pierre la Cour

    by gwened Written Feb 10, 2015

    This is an old Church now use as an arts center. It is to the left of the Cathedral St Julien which you can see coming off the Place des Jacobins, exactly at Rue des Fossés Saint-Pierre.

    Here was a Church from 865AD , there was a new Church here as Saint-Pierre in the 10C by the count Hugues; fire destroyed and rebuilt in 1175 by Henri II Plantagenêt , further rénovations and construction continues until 1834.

    This wonderful Church again redone in 1267 by Charles d'Anjou houses today an archeological museum until 1939. It was renovated in the early 1980's and today host events expositions that are organise by the other muséums in town.

    Closed Mondays and open Tuesdays to Fridays from 9h- 12h and 14h -18h Saturdays/Sundays from 10h- 12h30 and 14h- 18h . nice to be here on an expo showing.

    Collegiale Saint Pierre la Cour arriving at collegiale St Pierre la Cour
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    Church of Saint Benoit

    by gwened Written Feb 9, 2015

    Very nice Church crossing the river Sarthe to the right of the ramparts along place Saint Benoit leading to rue Gambetta to Place de la République.

    St. Benedict Church (Church of Saint Benoit) was built for the first time in the 12C and then rebuilt in the 15-16C on the ruins of gallo-Roman and Merovingian. It was greatly damaged in later which led to its reconstruction in 1903. It is renovated and open again in 1910. Its architecture nevertheless brings an original touch because his arrow pierces among the roofs of the old Mans, such as the Saint-Julien Cathedral. In the crypt of St. Scholastica, could find ancient epitaphs and many epitaphs of Merovingian origin. The Church is still rich in statues representative of the golden age of top terracotta, proof of the know-how of the potters of the city.

    It is a very old Church, as was in 988 that Hugues 1er count of Maine, had it built for a chapel dedicated to Saint André ,and it was given to the monks of La Couture. The bishop Hildebert de Lavardin raise it to parrish Church Under the dedication to Saint Benoit early in the 12C.

    It is nice tall Church to see and facing the Sarthe river makes it even more interesting.

    Church Saint Benoit right side of church St Benoit belltower side shot of St Benoit panel historic on St Benoit church
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    Chapelle de la Visitation

    by gwened Written Feb 9, 2015

    The books of history and the city name it the Church of the Visitation and the parrish named its Chapel of the Visitation; what I saw on the building it was named Chapelle de la Visitation. Built in 1634.

    In 1792, the 33 religious in the convent was expelled and taken prisioners in the nearby prison of des Ursulines. The enclosure and garden were sold as national property. IN 1793,the Church was converted into a prison ,and later the guillotine was placed here and in 1797, the courthouse civil and criminal were installed here. Finally, the Church was returned to the cult in 1804

    Currently it is undergoing rénovations and closed to the visit. However, something to come back later as it is the only jesuist monument in town in the style of Louis XV.

    It is right on the Place de la République.

    Chapelle de la Visitation entrance facing pl de la R��publique
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    Church Notre Dame du Pré

    by gwened Written Feb 9, 2015

    This Church was is Under renovation but it was our free parking spot when visiting the city and it is nice and residential. It is by 4 Rue Ducré, or place du pré.

    The Church was built in the 11-12C, the vault was added in the 15C. The Church had a crypt where it was found the relics of Saint-Julien,later transfered to the Cathedral Saint Julien in 1835. The chapter is roman and the nave and pylons are round and square respectively. Initially here there was a monastery established in the 6C.

    The parrish site in French
    http://egliseinfo.catholique.fr/lieu/72%2Fle-mans%2Fnotre-dame-du-pre#lieu:72/le-mans/notre-dame-du-pre
    and this religious site in French has old map of the Church and more
    http://rmouest.fr/rmouest2011/spip.php?article71

    It is considered the best Roman building in all of the Maine, old region of France now into the Pays de la Loire

    Church Notre Dame du Pr�� back side of ND du Pr�� side of ND du Pr�� back of ND du Pr��
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    Carré Plantagenét museum

    by gwened Written Feb 8, 2015

    This is a museum did not spent much time on it, musée d'archéologie et d'histoire du Mans or archeological and historical museum of Mans, recounts the story of the city with over 1200 objects.

    And as such it is own and manage by the city of Le Mans. Located at 2 rue Claude Blondeau around the shopping jacobins just at the old printing press of Monnoyer in the district of Saint Nicolas. It is open from 2009.

    open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10h ot 18h closed Mondays

    more from the tourist office here
    http://www.lemans-tourisme.com/fr/musees/email-plantagenet-carre-plantagenet.html

    A way for a visitor to get to know the old history of Mans, and another museum in the city.

    museum of archeology and history of Le Mans back inside garden of museum
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    Stop at Malicorne-sur-Sarthe

    by hquittner Written Jul 13, 2007

    One of the advantages of renting a car as a mode of independent travel, is that it allows you to explore sites not visited by other tourists, especially if you are not in a hurry. When we plan, we always meticulously examine the local Guide Michelin and old Blue Guides. These often clue us to places to stop for a little enroute (sometimes with 5-10 minute detours). Such stops are often the best experience of the day! (for example see our Tips on the Danse Macabe outside of Chartres). Malicorne-sur-Sarthe is such an example (it is gratifying that another VT experience already exists). We have read some of Madame de Sevigne gossipy insights and appreciate her taste. It is easy to see why she could relax here at this 17C chateau and its setting. (You cannot enter the chateau; we did not visit the pottery or church in town). The town (pop. less than 2K) is less than 26 km SE of Le Mans and was on our way to our overnight at the Chateau de Plessis in La Jaille-Yvon. (see our Tips on it in Pays de la Loire or Angers)

    The Chateau The Chateau and Its Moat The Hump-Back Bridge The Water-Mill and Town
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    The old part of the City has...

    by GUYON Written Sep 7, 2002

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    The old part of the City has ancient halftimbered houses in which some have been built at the end of the 14° Century.

    This one was the house of a locksmith and it is located Grande Rue.

    It is called the Pillier aux Clés (the keys pillar).

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