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Mayenne and its château

The starting point for the canal tow path, Mayenne is proud of its 1000 years of transport history

Overlooking the river, the château museum houses best preserved Charlemagne-era palace in Europe, and invites you to discover the rare collections in a fun, interactive way.

In the Mayenne château grounds, the former court house and the municipal theatre are to be found, both structures reflecting the rebuilding of the town in the nineteenth century.


The church of St Martin and the Basilica of Our Lady of Miracles will take you back to the eleventh century. Classified as a historic monument, the Chapel of Calvairiennes, a remnant of the former Benedictine convent of Calvary, serves today as an exhibition centre, the most important location for contemporary art in the Mayenne area.


The imposing buildings surrounding the squares of Place Hercé and Place Cheverus recall the importance of trade in textiles in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Particularly impressive is the Barre Palace, whose construction was overseen by Colbert, on order of Cardinal Mazarin, Duke of Mayenne.


Fancy a river cruise? All aboard the "Pays de Mayenne" for a lunchtime or evening cruise with lunch or dinner. The beauty of the river Mayenne never fails to delight.


Logo Pays d'Art et d'Histoire Mayenne is part of the  Coëvrons- Mayenne Art and History district, which brings together the General Council of the Mayenne, the surrounding communities and those around Coëvrons. Recognition was obtained in October 2005, when the Art and History label was awarded to communities that study, enhance and bring to life their heritage.

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