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Things to do in Le Mans

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Museums in Le Mans
Musée des 24 Heures du Mans
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Museum of Queen Berengaria
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Cities in Le Mans
Old Town of Le Mans
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Le Mans is one of the most important old towns to be found in Europe. It dates back to the 3rd Century has Roman origins. Its walls were built during this period, and they were an irregular quadrilateral perimeter of 1,300 meters, with 26 towers attached that served as a defense bastion for those who wish to challenge the power of its inhabitants. Today only half of this large civil works are remaining. The walls were built in a series of panels which were formed by three rows of brick and 5 layers of limestone and sandstone pavements. The facade of the Cathedral of St. Julian, the watchman of Le Mans, displays a clear example of Gothic architecture. This contrasts with its huge windows. It is known as the 'red city' because of the mortar of this color which was used on the facades, and the streets are numerous half-timbered houses, chimneys and also made of slate. Beyond the Fountain of the Jacobins and the Conservatory, the old town of Le Mans is one of the best preserved and certainly the most beautiful to be found in the Loire Valley. Here arts is found in the streets themselves.
Rivers in Le Mans
The Arc of the Nature
Situated 10 minutes from the heart of Le Mans, and close to the Abbey of L'Epau is the Arch of Nature. It is a space that offers the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Sarthe River. There is no place more beautiful to see in eastern Pays de la Loire. Landscapes are idyllic, bucolic, full of peace, calm and harmonious. The forests extend beyond the banks of the river and are lost among the green valleys. On the verge of the paths, you can see Sarthe on the banks of the house of water and other important places in this area. All of this is in 450 acres open to the public. It is a perfect place to practice sports such as hiking, cycling and for children to play. You can relax under the shade of the trees and have a picnic trying the best traditional food in the region.
Museums in Le Mans
Musée des 24 Heures du Mans
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It couldn´t possibly be any other way, the Automobile Museum is situated in Le Mans, the city's version of the Loire Valley. It has an area of ​​5 square kilometers, in this place you can seethe most iconic cars of all time and see the trends of vintage cars. There are more than 120 vehicles on display, of which there are about 20 bikes and 30 historic racing cars. It is definitely a place worth seeing. It is curious to observe the aesthetic changes that have taken place since cars were invented. Design lines, engines, bodywork and equipment are the four points that you should look out for. The museum also offers a tour program: animated models, portrait gallery, video terminals technical and historical evolution, to cinema, robots, interactive games, mobile imaging walls are so many steps that tell the automotive adventure in the context of each time. From the Roaring '20s to alternative models of today. So buckle up and enjoy!
Race Tracks in Le Mans
Circuit Bugatti
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The circuit of Le Mans is legendary, it has involved the great racers who have forged an international reputation. Even Paul Newman participated in this legendary circuit in '79 and finished 2nd. More recently, Sébastien Bourdais. This circuit is also known for its 24hr motorcycles, trucks and karts. This summer they experienced great moments of emotion with the 3rd edition of the World Series by Renault. Its presence in the circuit formula1 have delighted crowds of visitors. The event can accommodate 180,000 spectators. The circuit of Le Mans for me is a living legend. I like this circuit and they've made big changes to design for the drivers'.
Abbeys in Le Mans
L'Epau Abbey
This monastic center was founded in 1229 by the widow of Richard Coeur de Lion, Berengaria of Navarre, and forms together with the Abadí of Fontevraud, one of the essential stages of the cultural history of Pays de la Loire. Berengaria of Navarre, now known as the Lady of Le Mans, lies within the walls of this church that is set near the city he loved. The remains of her husband, Ricardo, rest in the royal abbey of Fontevrault. The majesty of this place will delight anyone. Epau Abbey is one of the most complete Cistercian representations and is very striking in France. It is a Christian fortress, an historic-artistic monument buily in 1961. Upon entering, the walls exude the style and history of the time. Current Property Sarthe General Council, Epau Abbey is open to visitors every day and temporary exhibitions and numerous concerts are held here, making the site a point with a well recognized culture. A place worth visiting to learn from everyone here that you will love.
Museums in Le Mans
Museum of Queen Berengaria
The Musée de la reine bérengère this at Le Mans in Pays de la Loire in France. The museum is one of etymology. The topics: clothes, furniture, tools and Crafts where you can see costumes, tools and crafts of the period. The museum was constructed in the 19th century and was consistently increased in the 20th century with ethnographic collections. You can visit the museum on guided tours if you book ahead of time.
Festivals in Le Mans
The Night of Chimeras
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The Night of Dreams is a nightly show during the summer at Le Mans. Every night the city is adorned by a show flooding everything with color and animation. Genuine works of art are projected onto the most representative buildings of the city. A fantastic world of silhouettes and a fabulous evening out to hear incredible stories and legends of Le Mans. The Night of Dreams will conjure the spirits of the past to return to the iconic buildings of Le Mans and its beauty and splendor of the past. From Tuesday to Saturday light is projected onto the Cathedral, the Roman wall and the source of the Jacobins. The city is enveloped in a mirage that none wants to awaken from. While the Plantagenêts serve a banquet in front of the Conservatory, Queen Bérengère nervously wanders through the courtyard of the museum and the angels come down from heaven to look out at Cathedral San Julián and give us a heavenly concert. Medieval Myths, stories of kings and princesses and battles. Anything can happen in this magical night!
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