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  • 1 Museum of Fine Arts and lace Interesting

    Museums and art

    Cour Carrée-de-la-Dentelle F - 61000 Alençon

    Superb lace collections here, you can see a fine repertoire of Italian, French and Flemish lace (from Le Puy, Chantilly, Valenciennes, Bayeux) . Needless to say there is a strong emphasis on the locally made lace. The Fine Art section shows paintings..

  • 2 Notre-Dame church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    27 r. du Bercail F - 61000 Alençon

    The three-panelled door is the work of Jean Lemoine (1490-1506). The nave covered with lierne arches and tiercerons is truly delightful. You must see the stained-glass windows (made around 1530) and if you go to Lisieux, you can continue your pilgrim..

  • 3 Maison d'Ozé

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Lamagdelaine F - 61000 Alençon

    According to legend, the future Henri IV is said to have stayed in this 15C residence on Place de la Magdelaine in 1576. The house bears the name of the prefect of the Orne département (1800-15). In fact, the residence belonged to the Le Coustelier f..

  • 4 Ancien château des ducs

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. du Château F - 61000 Alençon

    The main tower called the "crowned tower" is a narrow round tower that tops a machicolated tower. Two other towers are visible from the street to the chateau. As for the interior, you may hope you never see it; today it is the Alencon priso..

  • 5 Wheat market

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place de la Halle-au-blé F - 61000 Alençon

    It was crowned with a glass and iron dome. The «crinoline of the town of Alencon» is today a cultural centre.

  • 6 Birthplace of the Martin family - Chapelle Sainte-Thérèse

    Religious buildings

    50 r. St-Blaise F - 61000 Alençon

    The house in which Thérèse Martin (who went on to become St Thérèse of Lisieux) was born on 2 January 1873 provides an insight into her childhood and her parents Louis and Zélie Martin, who were beatified in 2008. From here, there is direct access to..

  • 7 St.Leonard's Church

    Religious buildings

    pl. Marguerite-de-Lorraine F - 61000 Alençon

    Started by Duke René, this church was completed by his widower, Marguerite de Lorraine.

  • 8 Stall House

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    10 r. Porte-de-la-Barre F - 61000 Alençon

    You will recognise this house by its slate-grey coloured façade.

  • 9 Guise House

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    39 r. St-Blaise F - 61000 Alençon

    This 17C building today houses the prefecture and the county headquarters.

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