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.
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.