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Entre Cours et Jardins - Cite Plantagenet
Ranked #1 of 42 things to do in Le Mans
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Reviewed October 19, 2013 via mobile

Having spent 5 weeks visiting sites in England, Belgium and France we stumbled across Old Town Le Mans. The parking was free and the walking relatively easy. There were some stairs from the car park and of course cobble stones.
The city is small compared to Brugge but the buildings and street scape just as pretty.
Well worth a look if you have a few hours.

Visited October 2013
Thank Mark S
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“Medieval Plantagenet City of Le Mans”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

The Carcassonne of Northern France, a hidden gem. The medieval city of Le Mans is not reviewed in any major magazine, guide book or travel guide, and this is a big mistake, but also a saving grace, in a way. Because it is free of tourists. Visitors are scarce, thus increasing the time tunnel effect one expériences. From the ugly, modern city and the "Stalinist" type of architecture in the main square, ascend the stairs up to the magnificient gothic cathedral of St Julien and be swept back six centuries into the high middle Ages and early Renaissance. A myriad of streets, with each house bearing more beautiful wooden and stone sculpture détails than the preceding one. Not surprising that this old town is the stageset to most historic films, remove a bicycle, a sign, a tourist and shoot. This is also the birthplace of King Henri II of England.

Visited May 2013
Thank Lorka
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

We had stopped here before but will little time to explore but promised ourselves we'd return and so glad we did. The Cathedral is fascinating with an exhibition which shows how it has been developed over the years, and the old town is just wonderful to walk around with plenty of bar & restaurants to choose from along the way. We were there the last weekend in September and they were hosting a wonderful garden/plant show which was all over the old town area - a great spectacle, so well worth a visit if you love gardens/gardening.

Visited September 2013
Thank Jenni R
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“back to middle ages...”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

Le Vieux Mans is really lovely, full of charm. Above all, at night, it´s not dead, but full of people going to restaurants in the area. During the Nuit des Chimères it´s even more enjoyable to have a walk through the medieval city at night.

Visited July 2013
Thank onzils
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“Stunning old town”
Reviewed September 18, 2013

This was my first visit to Le Mans and the old town (Cite Plantagenent) came as a complete surprise. From the massive and hugely impressive St Julien's cathedral (great stained glass) to the size and variety of architecture in the old town surrounding it, this is an essential place to visit. The Roman wall with its geometric designs in the brickwork is equally good. Le Mans is not on the way to anywhere in particular, but it is worth a detour to see its ancient centre. First impessions are not great as the square just below the cathedral is being dug up, but get into the Cite Plantagenent and you could be on a film set for any number of historical films. My visit was in September, but in July and August there is a light show projected on to part of the Roman Wall in the evenings on some days of the week.

Visited September 2013
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