Le Mans Things to Do

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    Musée 24 heures

    by gwened Written Feb 10, 2015

    I am a car fan, and been all my life since my University days in Daytona Beach Florida USA; all over the car is king. I have attended several 24hrs of Daytona, Daytona 500, Firecracker 400, and the Daytona 200 motocycle races. Coming to France, have heard and Watch the 24 hours of Le Mans.

    I am so bless to live only about 3 hrs from the circuit 24 hours of Le Mans and the next door Museum. I took the time to take my family to it last weekend,and it was love at first site. The race is on June every year and we plan to be there.

    There is a wonderful boutique and a café Inside. The hours are in January open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11h to 18h. FEbruary and March open every day except Tuesdays from 11h to 18h. April to September every day from 10h to 19h. October to December every dya except Tuesdays from 11h to 18h. October to March every day from 11h to 18h. Admission adults is 8,50€ now, with a family forfait of 20€

    You entered the museum (with the racecourse on your right) and you will see on your right hand side the boutique loaded! then on the left is the entrance, to the hall of heroes (allée des héros), then the the Legends (la legende) follow the pits stops or les coulisses with the story on the people that makes this happened, you go on to the creation or Genese, to see the creation of the 24 hours course, you go into the background or l'Essor to see the pioneers from the 19C onwards showing the way of the automobile. FInally , you reach the actors or les Acteurs, to see the evolution of the automobile and the cars that took and take part here in the 24 hours of Le Mans.

    For more on the race itself , see the official site in English
    http://www.24h-lemans.com/en/

    museum of the 24 hrs of Le Mans the entrance going in to history of Automobile the portraits of famous cars the boutique shopping My model ,the Ford!!!
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    Cathedral Saint Julien ,interiors

    by gwened Updated Feb 9, 2015

    The Cathedral has two other entries in older and exteriors as well as this one, and maybe more, its all Worth it, a must to come here. A marvel can't describe it.

    The parrish Church site is here in French
    http://www.cathedraledumans.fr/renseignements-paroisse/accueil

    the city info on it in French
    http://www.lemans.fr/page.do?t=2&uuid=5C30F762-C0A8006E-007F1316-32C1E099

    Cathedral Saint Julien altar from altar to back of Cathedral right side nave side chapel left side nave
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    Cathedral Saint Julien -exteriors

    by gwened Written Feb 9, 2015

    This is a marvel and just enough to come here to see it. love it.
    The parrish Church site is here in French
    http://www.cathedraledumans.fr/renseignements-paroisse/accueil

    the city info on it in French
    http://www.lemans.fr/page.do?t=2&uuid=5C30F762-C0A8006E-007F1316-32C1E099

    You have the tourist office in contact. This is the second tip on it, the other one was an older visit.I show you more of the exteriors here.

    cathedral St Julien going to front door left side back entrance door see it open left side of Cathedral flying buttresses on the side back from pl des jacobins
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    Church Notre Dame de la Couture

    by gwened Updated Feb 9, 2015

    Wonderful Church next to the government prefecture regional house and off gén leclerc can go straight to train station;from it the Church would be on your right hand side.

    From the outiside it looks as any other Church, I was hesitant to go in, but once Inside you will see its a jewel to be visited while in town a must.

    The site for the Catholic parrish diocese is here
    http://www.ndcouture.org/paroisse/

    This Church was the old abbey Saint-Pierre de la Couture built in 616AD by Saint Bertrand. More history I like
    A monastery dedicated to Saint Paul and a church dedicated to Saint Pierre are built. These two buildings are located in the middle of fields while we perceive old-Mans and the Bell Tower. This location will be the name of the set formed by two buildings: meaning cultura cultures in latin, is called all couture.

    It is restored and rebuilt around the year 1000. The Church was renamed St. Peter de la couture by the Bishop Sigefroi a monk in the Abbey while he leaves the Abbot Gauzbert to deal with part of his functions. Remnants of the former version of the Church are still visible above the South cloister at 18 meters high.

    The nave is 42 meters long and is equipped with 3 spans on square plan. This plan was taken from that of the Cathedral of Angers. The vaults are longer than average with 16 meters long, reaching more than 22 meters under lock and key. Some columns exceed 5 meters of thickness while the exterior walls also had to be thickened. Unusually, the central nave is lit by an oculus topped gemel windows.

    The two towers of the western part date from the 13C, while the porch is open between the latter two. Its triple arches with the trumeau of Christ was destroyed in the 19C and never rebuilt the difficulty to get a stone of this quality and this aspect again. The first sculptures have been carved from 1245 while the portal offers numerous statuettes carved and well preserved. Still, a part of the header seems to be missing. Two angels, four prophets and eight Virgin are visible. This portal is certainly the most impressive in Maine with the Cathedral, dating to the 12C.

    Really nice to see.

    Church Notre Dame de la Couture nave of ND stained glass and tomb of Saint chapel of the virgin the organ
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    Church Notre Dame de la Couture, II

    by gwened Written Feb 9, 2015

    This is such a wonderful Church with many statues and chapels that I need to put another section on it.Its a must to visit next to the government building of the prefecture and on the Gen Leclerc you go directly to the Train station.

    A wonderful Roman art still to be seen a must while in town.see other tip on it here. And enjoy the photos.

    Church Notre Dame de la Couture arriving the Altar the crypt chapel of the resurrection holy chapel
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    Plantagenet area house

    by alectrevor Updated Nov 9, 2014

    The half timbered houses of Le Mans. Note the stones protecting building from traffic. Pictures show Red Pillar house and the Keys Pllar house { Aux Cles ] built in the 14th century TIP Wear strong shoes everywhere is cobbles

    Red Pillar House. Pillar Aux Cles

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    St Juilen Cathedral

    by alectrevor Updated Nov 6, 2014

    The cathedral of St Julien built between 11th and 15th century is 134 metres long ,, the surface area is one of the largest cathedrals in France. Le Mans is the birthplace of the Plantagenet dynasty The old quarter by the cathedral is Plantagenet cite.

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    Cathedral Saint Julien -Le Mans (older)

    by gwened Written Apr 15, 2014

    one of the most symbolic buildings in town and one of the biggest gallo roman churches in France, the Cathedral of Saint Julien is awesome and a must see.

    Its construction began in 1060AD by the bishop Vulgrin, but it was not done in its actual form only in 1430. The Cathedral was not really never finish, efforts to enlarge it went sour for lack of money ever since 1500.

    The Cathedral is a real museum of stained glass, with the oldest is the glass of the scene of the ascension or rising of Christ. The big organs in the back of the Cathedral were done between 1529 and 1535 by Pierre Bert in a renaissance style, sculptured by Symon Hayeneufve. The paintings of the chapel of the virgin or chapelle de la Vierge were discovered in 1842; they were hidden by a mortar wall. They show the 47 angels musicians that decorates the vaults ceilings. These paintings dates from the end of the 14C and they are the works of an anonimous painter in the court of the kings of France Charles V and VI.

    Really a beautiful church to see in the beautiful old town of Le Mans by the river Sarthe. More on the Cathedral official site
    http://www.cathedraledumans.fr/renseignements-paroisse/accueil

    back one more of Cathedral St Julien back side of Cathedral Saint Julien front of Cathedral St Julien the stained glass at the choir the belltower of Cat St Julien
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    Nights of the Chimera, Le Mans.

    by pfsmalo Updated Aug 2, 2013

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    Every summer the town of Le Mans creates its own outdoor cinema with the wondrous "Nuits des Chimeres". A feast for the eyes, every evening at nightfall the old "Cité Plantagenet" comes to life with this free light show. Different parts of the town including the cathedral, the ramparts and the Jacobin fountain are painted with colour. The cathedral is not to be missed, spectacular. Photographers, don't forget your tripods.

    This year (2013) the show starts on the 2nd July until the 1st of September, every evening except Mondays at nightfall and it is FREE.

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    Le Mans classic 2012.

    by pfsmalo Written Jun 24, 2012

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    For those that cannot stand the constant noise of the "normal" Le Mans 24 hours race, there is always this "classic" where Bugatti, Packhard, Ford GT40 still mean something and the circuit is littered with ols Lotus 7's, Morgans, Jaguar E-types and other beauties from a few years back. There is of course racing going on, but not with the same frenzy. With a simple ticket you're able to walk all the way round (without access to the stands and paddocks) but there are some exceptionnal cars to look at.

    This year (2012) the public is admitted from the 6th July.

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    Circus carnival, Le Mans.

    by pfsmalo Written Jun 22, 2012

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    Every year around the same period La Mans stages its circus carnival along the Sarthe river, through some of the old streets and around the cathedral. With a circus theme there are acts from around France plus differents associations have floats. For the kids this is a great evening starting around 20h30 on Saturday 30th June 2012 (this years date).

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    St. Julian's: In the Choir Are Lively Tapestries

    by hquittner Written Jul 12, 2007

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    The choir stalls are covered by a series of 16C tapestries on thelives of Sts. Gervase and Protase. in a vivid style. I know nothing about them except that a church in their honor looks at the back (east side) of the Hotel de Ville in Paris. There are tapstries in other parts of the church to St. Julian and banners of bishop's of similar type hanging on the walls.

    A Saintly Beheading Persecution The Other Saint Martyred Retribution A Bishop's Banner
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    St. Julian's: See the Sculpted Tombs & Monumnents

    by hquittner Written Jul 12, 2007

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    The two tombs at the North Transept are fine examples of funerary sculpture. The classical looking one is of Charles d'Anjou (died 1472) and is by Francesco Laurana a very famous Florentine from Croatia. The second showing a man reclining on his bent arm is of Guillaume de Bellay (died 1573), a powerful deputy of Francois I (also of Italian origin). Over South in the chapel before the Sacristy is a terracotta Entombment (17C) and in another chapel a marble one (of which I do not know the provenance).

    Charles d'Anjou Guillaume de Bellay Terracotta Entombment (17C) Another Entombment
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    St. Julian's: Look at the Transepts

    by hquittner Written Jul 12, 2007

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    The transepts were the last addition to the church (14-15C) and a graceful addition. The North Rose has 15C glass while the South transept is filled by a large 16C organ loft. The stonework of the North end is particularly elaborate. In the East arm of the North transept is the Baptismal Chapel and at its entrance are two exceptional tombs.

    North Transept and Its Rose South Transept and Organs Case N. Rose and Lancets, E. Wall Windows and gallery
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    St. Julian's: Go Around the Ambulatory & Choir

    by hquittner Written Jul 12, 2007

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    The Choir and a double ambulatory were started in 1217 along witha raising of the height of the nave roof.This was designed to be as tall (actually taller) as Notre Dame de Paris. The ambulatory has a megical 7-segment partition with 7 radiating chapels, the largest being the apsidial Lady Chapel with a 17C wrought-iron grill. The inner ambulatory is lined with very tallcolumns which eliminate a second (triforium ) level , which only appears in the outer ambulatory as an extension of the rest of the church design. It is homogeneous and quite spectacular in spite of the fact that 3 architects in succession were in charge of the construction. ( The supportive famous flying buttresses must have dictated the form). The many windows are filled with 13C stained glass, and this is true for some of the chapels.

    Choir and Ambulatory Apse Above Altar (Tall Columns) Altar (Dark) Clerestory Glass (Outer Ambulatory)
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