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  • 1 Lactopôle André-Besnier Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    10 rue Adolphe-Beck

    Everything you ever wanted to know about milk, its uses and by-products, from the basic processing practices of the 1950s to cutting-edge industrial developments as pioneered by the Lactalis Group today. Not just a retrospective exhibition, this is a..

  • 2 Waterfront Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai Boudet

    From the the left bank there are extensive fine views of Laval, lying on the tranquil banks of the River Mayenne (its current course was defined by work in the 19C).

  • 3 Jardin de la Perrine Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    r. du Douanier-Rousseau

    A terraced garden offering beautiful views onto the Mayenne, the lower town and the castle keep. It features a rose garden, large trees, ornamental lakes and waterfalls interspersed with lawns and flower beds. The Fire-Crest, 1923 single-handed Atlan..

  • 4 Vieux Château Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place de la Trémoille

    As it is now, the chateau essentially dates from the 13 and 15C, brightened up in the 16C with bay and dormer windows made from white tuff rock. The crypt and the keep (wonderful 11C carpentry) are the oldest. The rooms are decorated with pictures as..

  • 5 Museé d'Art Naïf Interesting

    Museums and art

    Place de la Trémoille

    Many paintings by Croat, German, Brazilian and French painters, among them two Laval painters, Jules Lefranc and Henri Trouillard. The studio of the Rousseau the customs man has been reconstructed.

  • 6 Church of N.-D.-des-Cordeliers Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Place Notre-Dame

    This church, which was built between 1397 and 1407 for the Friars Minors, has a remarkable collection of 7 altarpieces from the 17C. The largest is by a member of the Corbineau family who made Laval into a famous centre for the manufacture of altarpi..

  • 7 Laval Cathedral

    Religious buildings

    10 place Hardy-de-Lévaré

    The building has undergone many repairs and changes. In the nave and crossing there are Angevin or Plantagenet vaults (convex arches on ribbed vaults with keystones of differing heights). Standing in front of the chancel is a beautifully painted Antw..

  • 8 Rue des Orfèvres

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. des Orfèvres

    This narrow street is flanked by beautiful corbelled houses (16C) and 18C residences. At the junction with the Grande-Rue, note the Renaissance Maison du Grand Veneur (house of the Great Huntsman), built around 1554, with a façade and windows sculpte..

  • 9 Grande-Rue

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grande-Rue

    The medieval town's main street. It stretches down to the River Mayenne, passing by half-timbered and corbelled dwellings and stone-built Renaissance houses.

  • 10 Porte Beucheresse

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Hardy-de-Lévaré

    In the old days, this gate provided direct access to the Concise forest. It dates back to the 14C; standing on each side are two rounded towers with machicolations. In 1844 the son of a tinsmith, Henri Rousseau, was born inside the tower to the right..

  • 11 Rue de la Trinité

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de la Trinité

    This street is lined by old houses. One of them, from the 16C, is adorned with statues of the Virgin and the saints.

  • 12 Place de La Trémoille

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de La Trémoille

    This square pays homage to Antoine-Philippe de Talmont, Duke of La Trémoille who was the last lord of Laval. Formerly the residence of the counts of Laval (Nouveau Château), the 16C courthouse's long Renaissance façade runs along the bottom of the sq..

  • 13 Rue de la Chapelle

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de la Chapelle

    This street climbs up between medieval dwellings. In a niche at the top there is a charming statue of St René.

  • 14 Rue des Serruriers

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. des Serruriers

    Note the two old half-timbered houses just before reaching the Beucheresse Gate.

  • 15 Pont Vieux

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. du Pont-de-Mayenne

    An originally fortified 13C humpbacked structure, this old bridge gives visitors a representative picture of the old town, with its tiled roofs, narrow streets flanked by half-timbered houses and the old chateau's keep topped by a viewing gallery.

  • 16 Bâteau-Lavoirs

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai Paul-Boudet

    Two washing-boats remain, one moored to the quay, the other currently being restored. These vessels were used from 1880 to 1960. Housewives came to beat their washing on the planks that surrounded them, while the enormous tanks made it possible to bo..

  • 17 Basilique N.-D.-d'Avesnières

    Religious buildings

    r. d'Avesnières

    This Romanesque basilica, sanctuary and place of pilgrimage has preserved its attractive chevet. There is a gothic-Renaissance spire designed in 1538. In the chancel, there are some attractive capitals, a polychromatic 15C wooden Christ and a marvell..

  • 18 Church of St Vénérand

    Religious buildings

    Ruelle St-Vénérand

    A church with a composite façade (the doorway is decorated with an attractive terracotta Virgin) and five naves.

  • 19 Tour Renaise

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue des Fossès

    Surrounded by a sea of green, this round machicolated 15C tower is a remnant of the surrounding wall of the town.

  • 20 Pritz Church

    Religious buildings

    Lieu-dit de Pritz

    This small church dating from around the year 1000 was slightly modified during the Romanesque period. It has fine wall paintings: frescoes from the 11C depicting the life of the Virgin, a 13C calendar of the months and the Annunciation to the shephe..

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