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Le Mans
Administration & Statistics

Region Pays de la Loire
Departement Sarthe
Postal code 72000

Elevation 38-134 m
land area 53 km2
Population 144,164 (2007)
Density 2,730 /km2
The magnificent City of Le Mans must be visited by anyone who happens to choose France as a holiday destination. With a history of more than 17 centuries, Le Mans is now known more for its automobile race that lasts 24 hours. This is an annual event held in the fringes of the city, which manages to pull heavy crowds.

Despite the recent developments that have contributed to a change in the outlook of the city, Le Mans still manages to charm visitors with its quiet, historic grace. Throughout the city, especially the historically rich center, one can find old houses made of timber and stone. Most of the walls limiting the city’s boundaries go back to the Gallo-Roman period. These walls have been part of Le Mans since the third century.

One of the famous tourist spots in the City of Le Mans is the Saint Julien Cathedral. Situated right in the middle of the city, the cathedral is of major historical significance. Though the first stone was laid in the 11th century, the construction of the building went on for another 500 years. This is one of the main reasons why the architecture of the building shows traits of different periods. Some of the stained glasses in the building are among the oldest in the world. Other attractions in Le Mans include the Musee de Tesse museum that displays historical emblems from the area. The major attraction of this museum, however, is the Egyptian tomb model that is housed in its basement.

Le Mans is the perfect destination for food-loving tourists, who throng to the city especially for Rillettes or boiled pork, which is lightly spiced and tastes the best when eaten along with sandwiches. Le Mans houses a number of good restaurants in and around the city center. One can also find a number of cheap eateries and kebab shops around this place. It is a perfect place for planning your holiday.

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