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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Sées
Insee code61464
AltitudeFrom 170 to 321 meters
Surface40.31 km²
Population4770 inhabitants
Density118 inhabitants/km²


Chief townAlençon (at 23 km, 24 min)La Chapelle-près-Sées at 4.7 km (8 min)
DepartmentOrneAunou-sur-Orne at 4.8 km (7 min)
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Ancient Roman fortress Sagium, located on the road to the tin, the bishopric of Sées is established from the 5th century by Saint Latuin. Located in the heart of the department of Orne, 25 km north of Alencon, the ancient Sagium or Sagio whose first name is mentioned in 991, takes its name from the Gallic tribe, the sagii. In the 7th century saint Evroult founded the abbey of St. Martin. Important religious center, Sées virtually disappears with the barbarian invasions. The cathedral destroyed four times, was rebuilt in the early 13th century in its current form. Until 1465, the city is composed of three villages: Bishop Bourg, Bourg le Comte and Bourg l'Abbé. The origins of Sées are tripartite: Roman, feudal and monastic.

During the religious wars, the city was sacked by Montgomery.

During the Revolution, Sées were five parishes. The Comte de Provence, later Louis XVIII, is appointed his tutor, Bishop Plessis of Argentré, Bishop of Sées. This fills the region of its benefits and built a magnificent episcopal palace.

Today Sées is one of four towns of France township seat of a bishopric. The episcopal city has retained over the centuries the charm of small towns by incorporating into its landscape, adjustments to the useful life everyday.


  • The Cathedral of Notre Dame.
  • The chapel canonical: former dormitory of the canons of the cathedral. A notice the stained glass windows and Gothic gables openings Romanesque and walk a little reminiscent of a cloister.
  • The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, the first stone was laid March 26, 1855, the basilica was dedicated May 7, 1872 by Bishop Rousselet. Inside one is struck by the play of light filtering through the stained glass windows that tell the faith (the topic covered by these 48 stained glass windows tell the story of the Virgin Mary), the number of ex-voto, the reflections of gold the large medallion of the Holy Trinity above the Virgin which recognizes the right Father holding a scepter and a globe star's son on a cross between them and the dove of the Holy Spirit.
  • The tower of Argentan: remains of the ancient gates to defend the city, built around the 12th century.
  • The Palace Argentré: the episcopal palace of Argentré of Sées was built in the late 18th century (1778-1786) to Bishop Jean-Baptiste du Plessis Argentré by architect Joseph Brousseau. One of the most beautiful examples of neoclassical architecture of Normandy.
  • The Promenade du Vivier. One of the most beautiful sites in France. Halfway Drive, on the left, Gothic arches and buttresses of the 15th century Notre Dame du Vivier. Tradition says that St. Latuin first evangelist of the diocese has built its first chapel here.
  • The laundry: the eighteenth time, he was offered by Monsignor Sagien du Plessis Argentré, it is situated on the Orne River, which rises a few kilometers.
  • The abbey of Saint Martin built in the 6th century to parody Notre-Dame du Vivier by Saint Evroult, it is destroyed in the 9th century by the Normans and rebuilt in the 11th by Yves de Belleme (Bishop of Sées). The abbey is still devastated at different stages. A rebuilt each time she pressed in 1802 turned into a spinning until 1834 when the Bishop Sausols acquired to house the seminary. Today the abbey was bought by the CRAM Ile de France and receives child. This is private property open to the public during the Heritage Days.
  • Our Lady of the Place: the church whose origins go back certainly to those of the abbey church was the people.
  • The Saint Peter's Square: the bell tower and the arcades are the restored ruins of the church of St. Peter who was the former chapel of the larger fortress.
  • Les Halles: This site has existed since the Middle Ages to the 18th century, three weekly markets make them important. The rotunda houses the current library Emile Zola and some associations.
  • The street of the Republic: the number 70, one of the oldest houses in the city. Built in studs on two levels. The building was inhabited February 20, 1770 by girls? Of Escolle? Current Sisters of the Congregation of Divine Providence, whose community is now Route de Rouen.
  • The county museum d? Religious art (next to City Hall):
  • Presentation of artworks and objects.
  • Reflecting the evolution of religious feeling through the diversity of artistic forms: painting, sculpture, jewelry, textiles, the Middle Ages to today. Medieval reliquaries, chasuble Carrouges liturgical comb called Thomas Becket, statues of the Virgin from the 12th to the 19th century?
  • Open from July to September, daily except Tuesday from 10 am to 18 hours.
  • Entrance fee (free for children under 12 years).
Detailed information
TransportTrain station of Sées
Information pointsTourist Office of Sées
Leisure centresMuseum of Sacred Art of Sées
MonumentsAbbey Saint-Martin,   Cathedral Notre-Dame


  • Sound and light: "Seven centuries in light"
  • On September 26, 1310, was celebrated the dedication of the cathedral Sées. Seven centuries later, time has not erased the audacity of the builders.
  • For 30 years, the association Cathedral Art designs and manufactures a unique spectacle inside the cathedral, to tell his story. Modern technologies of image and sound are at the service of history and architecture to reveal the beauties.
  • Every Friday and Saturday in the summer, and around 2 Wednesday 15 August.
  • Duration 45 min.
  • Reservation from the Tourist Office on +33 2 33 28 74 79.
  • Comice agricultural Loutreuil August early September. The most beautiful race in the region (Norman, Charolais, Maine?) Are present at the cornice Loutreuil held over the fountains.
  • Frequently Asked turkey "tradition" in December. A unique fair in the great west, under the protection of St. Luce. Bright or dead, nearly a thousand animals are present.


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Italian restaurantL'Atrium  
L'Atrium welcomes you in a warm and refined. You will appreciate the spacious room and fireplace that gives a rustic restaurant. The Chef will prepare traditional Italian dishes such...
Located in Sées22 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLe Dauphin
Le Dauphin restaurant, terroir Normand is honored. You will find a pleasant and romantic. The Chef offers delicious French cuisine made from fresh ingredients and quality, and seasonal...
Located in Sées48 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantCampanile Alençon  
Welcome to the Campanile Alençon city of tourism and culture. The hotel welcomes you in a warm atmosphere and offers an interior with more contemporary lines. Luminous space, tables...
Located 18 km from Sées20 € per person 

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House with 3 bedroomsLes roses les Pivoines et Camomille    
B & Bs Sees a house xviii, old mansion. The roses in the 52nd floor. Bathroom toilet street. Peonies (XVth century) 66th large bed room 160. Spacious bathroom, fridge Side garden with...
Located in SéesFrom 50 € to 67 € the double room 
Farm with 2 bedroomsMélisâne     NEW
Le Bouillon
2 cottages in the pre donkeys, on the floor of the old barn at the front of the farmhouse, with 140 cm bed, shower and separate wc 90cm.
Located 7.8 km from SéesFrom 57 € to 63 € the double room 
Manor house with 3 bedroomsDomaine de la Rue    
Bed and Breakfast in an early nineteenth remains perched atop a hill in the middle of the stud.
Located 8.4 km from SéesFrom 95 € to 140 € the double room 

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House for 8 personsL 'Annexe nord sarthe  
Independent house of 1791 in a small village near Mamers, near Normandy Park Maine and Perche. This cottage has 4 bedrooms, 2 double beds of140.2simple beds of90, and 2 bunk beds. On...
Located 27 km from SéesFrom 220 € to 250 € per week 
House for 5 personsPetite maison Percheronne en campagne
A beautiful view in the countryside, isolated, in the verdant hilly region of Perche. Landing beach: 135 km; Karting Essay: 24 km, 24 Hours of Le Mans: 60 km; Regional Park of the Perche...
Located 28 km from SéesFrom 210 € to 315 € per week 

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15 places over 2 haCamping cour du bois    NEW
Camping located near a riding center on the edge of the forest Ecouves and nestled in the Normandie- Maine Regional Natural Park - cottage - trailers - mobile homes - ​​locations and...
Located 15.8 km from Sées2.80 € per day 
27 places over 1 haCamping 'Des Saints Pères'    
Camping located in a leisure. Forest near.
Located 30 km from Sées9 € per day 

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Hôtel le Dauphin - Hotel in SéesHôtel le Dauphin     
Located 300 metres from Sées Cathedral, Hôtel le Dauphin offers a regional restaurant which serves local products, a bar and a terrace. A buffet breakfast and free Wi-Fi access are...
Located in SéesRoom from 95 €
L'Ile de Sees - Hotel in SéesL'Ile de Sees     
L'Ile de Sees is located a 30-minute drive north of Alençon and just 6 km from the centre of Sées. This 2-star hotel is set in a former dairy farm and now offers an on-site bar and...
Located 4.9 km from Sées
La Petite France - Hotel in SéesLa Petite France    
Le Château-d'Almenêches
This hotel restaurant is located in the countryside village of Le Chateau-d’Almenêches, right next to Surdon Station. The rooms feature a flat-screen TV with DVD player, and a private...
Located 7 km from SéesRoom from 56 €

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Hotel Inn Design Resto Novo Alençon
Hotel inn Design offers modern and comfortable rooms in a peaceful environment. It features a restaurant, free private parking,a seminar room, and is located...
Hôtel Spa Du Béryl
Situated on the shores of Lake Bagnoles de l'Orne, near the casino and shops, the hotel provides relaxing accommodation in...
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