The Region

La Villa de Sandrine is 15 Km from Le Mans. This city is famous for its rillettes and its famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. Beyond these two emblems, the city labeled "City of Art and History" offers a historical, architectural civil or religious [Old Mans, medieval houses, Renaissance hotels, St Julien Cathedral, Church of La Couture Tesse Museum, ...].

Le Mans is a city located in the region of Pays de la Loire and in the department of Sarthe, which it is the prefecture. Former provincial capital of Maine and Perche, the "city of Plantagenet" is at the confluence of the Sarthe and Huisne. Now labeled City of art and history, it has notably Saint-Julien Cathedral and the Palace of the Counts of Maine (now City Hall). Cultural life is punctuated Mans festivals (such as Europa Jazz Festival or the Festival of Epau) and events such as The Night of Dreams that highlights the historical heritage of the city. 
The Prefecture of Sarthe is also known for hosting one of the largest automobile races in the world: 24 Hours of Le Mans!

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Places to see in Le Mans

Old Mans, also called Plantagenet City, is the historical heart of the city. It is surrounded by Roman walls dating from the late third century, remarkably well preserved. Within these walls, you can enjoy: • Renaissance houses: the house of Adam and Eve, hotels and Clairaulnay • Vaux Saint-Julien Cathedral: built between the eleventh and fifteenth centuries, it combines Romanesque and Gothic art of Grabatoire • Hotel: hotel of the sixteenth century and decorated with two turrets facing the Romanesque cathedral • the house of Queen Berengaria and his Queen Berengaria Museum • houses • timbered mansions of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Note: In addition to the Night of Dreams (which takes place each summer), this area is often used as a setting for shooting of films and TV history. The city once had several abbeys and monasteries which we can still see the remains: the Abbey of Saint-Vincent (built in 572, and now part of the Lycée Bellevue) Epau Abbey (Cistercian abbey founded by Queen Berengaria of Navarre in the year 1229) and the church of Saint-Pierre-la-Cour (instead of current exhibitions and musical performances). The Church of Notre-Dame-de-la-Couture is the oldest church of a Benedictine abbey.  It has a remarkable carved doorway of a scene of the Last Judgment.

Museums Mans

Museum Tesse, located in the hotel Tesse family, is one of two major museums of Le Mans with the new archaeological museum. Italian altarpieces he exposes the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, Italian and French paintings of the Renaissance and the works of the classical period.  It also houses an Egyptian gallery. The Automobile Museum de la Sarthe is the input of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It has 140 vehicles including motorcycles and racing cars and 15 models who won the famous race. It traces through animated models, videos, interactive games and showcases more than a century of automotive history. The Maison de la Reine Berengère (timbered house built in 1460) houses a museum dedicated to local history and folk art.

Did you know?

Le Mans is one of the greenest cities in France thanks to Abbey Park Epau, the domain of the Ark of the nature and 85 acres of parks and gardens. Do not miss to discover the Jardin des Plantes, the Quinconces Jacobins and Gardens Pierre de Ronsard.  If the city of Le Mans is famous for its rillettes, you can also enjoy specialties of beef farmer from Maine and chocolates such as "blocks of Old Mans", the "hearts Queen Berengaria" or the "Sarthois sausage" (greed with chocolate and fruit).