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Alençon

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At the junction of the Regional Parks of Perche and Normandy-Maine, Alençon draws its features between rural neighborhood, preserved nature and urbanization. Situated at the confluence of the Sarthe and the Briante, the city has gone from simple ford to antiquity to a city of importance, prefecture of Orne, world renowned for its lace at the point of Alençon. But the story has been hectic. Bourg fortified in XIe century, Alençon knows radiant hours with Marguerite of Navarre in XVe century. The Reformation found its cradle in the city and the Catholics fled from the city. It was in 1665 that Colbert founded the royal lace factories. The legend was born. During the nineteenth century, the city turned towards industrialization and took its economic boom. It is also at this period that many famous people mark the city of their imprint. Beginning with Baudelaire having had his "Fleurs du Mal" printed at Alençon. Then Balzac will stay there to write two of his works. Finally, Alençon saw the birth of Thérèse Martin, better known as Sainte-Thérèse-de-Lisieux.

Geographical information

MunicipalityAlençon
Postcode61000
Tourism label
Latitude48.4328560 (N 48° 25’ 58”)
Longitude0.0912660 (E 0° 5’ 29”)
AltitudeFrom 127m to 152m
Surface area10.68 km²
Population27433 inhabitants
Density2568 inhabitants/km²
Insee code61001
IntercommunalityCU d'Alençon
DepartmentOrne
TerritoryPerche
RegionNormandy

Nearest cities & towns

Damigny2.8 km (6 min)
Saint-Germain-du-Corbéis3.3 km (9 min)
Le Chevain3.4 km (6 min)
Saint-Paterne3.4 km (7 min)
Cerisé4 km (7 min)
Valframbert4.4 km (7 min)
Condé-sur-Sarthe4.8 km (9 min)
Arçonnay4.8 km (9 min)
Lonrai5.8 km (9 min)
Colombiers6.3 km (11 min)
Semallé6.9 km (10 min)
Chenay7.1 km (12 min)
Champfleur7.7 km (11 min)
Héloup7.8 km (13 min)

Things to see and do

You will have a loaded program at Alençon. In the must-see, you must visit the Lace Museum of Alençon. Inspired by the Venice Point, the point of Alençon is a know-how inscribed on the representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO. This technique requires hours of patience. It takes between 7h and 15h of work to realize a surface equivalent to a postage stamp. Emblematic figure of Alençon, Sainte-Thérèse-de-Lisieux was born in the city and her native house is visited. Another place full of history to discover absolutely, the basilica Notre-Dame of Alençon. Gothic architecture, the imposing edifice classified to the Historic Monuments throne in the city center.

Alençon has 31 classified monuments. You can choose to discover them on guided tours or take a walk through the streets of the city. Among them are the Jesuit church adjoining the college founded by the Jesuits in 1620, the Café of the Renaissance, the interior of which is truly divine and offers a setting of the second renaissance quite exceptional, A castle of the Dukes of Alençon which is actually the entrance pavilion of the castle, and the house of Ozé, a medieval residence built in 1450. To visit Alençon, you can Also opt for biking. Many courses are available. And for fun, treat yourself to a city tour by horse-drawn carriage. This type of visit is available from April 1st to September 30th.

There is no shortage of sports facilities in the city. You can, according to your desires, play a game of golf on the green of the racecourse golf course or enjoy a dip in the swimming pools of the aquatic center of Alençon. The town also has an animal center, a leisure center and a karting circuit. You will have something to distract you!

It is also possible to visit Alençon by train from 15 June to 1 September.

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Events and festivities

At the beginning of March, the Culture (s) Festival opens its doors. During a whole month, exhibitions, concerts, films, shows... in short, many cultural events combined with the feminine are proposed to you.

At the beginning of March always, the fair of Alençon Ornexpo invites itself for 6 consecutive days. You can browse different stands in areas as diverse and varied as wine, habitat and gastronomy among others.

From September to December, the market is held in Place du Point-du-Jour.

In July, the World Folkloric Festival takes place with many artists from different countries.

In June, the 24 hours of biodiversity take place. On the program, walks and discoveries in the city.

Photos

House Ozé
House Ozé
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Weather

Saturday 29 april
Min. 2°C - Max. 17°C
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Sunday 30 april
Min. 4°C - Max. 13°C
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Monday 1 may
Min. 5°C - Max. 14°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Pays Domfrontais
Car itineraryEasy5h00Soucé (56 km)

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