Cathédrale St. Julien

Le Mans
Loire Valley
Attractions and places of interest
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

The Cathédrale St Julien is an incredible structure and, at over 130m long, it is one of the largest cathedrals in France. Built between the 11th and 15th centuries, its architecture covers a diverse range of styles but particularly Gothic and Romanesque with some spectacualr flying buttresses at its eastern end. Enjoy the stunning stained glass in the cathedral, in particular the Ascension window towards the western end of the south aisle which has been dated to the mid-12th century.

Nearby attractions

Visit the Musée de la Reine Bérengère, the Museum of History and Archaeology, to uncover Le Mans' rich past with over 1,200 objects from prehistory through to the 15th century.

This gorgeous royal palace was the childhood home of King Henry II and where Queen Berengaria stayed after the death of her husband, Richard the Lionheart.

The Musée de Tessé, contains fine art paintings from Italian, Flemish, Dutch and French painters and has a gallery devoted to the art of ancient Egyptian tombs.

There are several gardens throughout the city, but if you only visit one, it should be the botanical paradise of the Jardin des Plantes. Covering 8 hectares, the garden was created in the 19th century and is split into a...

Places to visit nearby

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