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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Orne

Sées - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Orne

Ancient Roman fortress Sagium, located on the road of tin, the bishopric of Sées was established in the fifth century by Saint Latuin. Located in the heart of the department of Orne, 25 km north of Alençon, the ancient Sagium or Sagio whose first name is mentioned in 991, derives its name from the Gallic tribe, the sagii. In the 7th century, Saint Evroult founded the abbey of Saint Martin. Important religious center, Sées disappears practically with the barbarian invasions. The cathedral destroyed four times is rebuilt in the early thirteenth century in its current form. Until 1465, the city is composed of three villages: Bourg l'Evêque, Bourg le Comte and Bourg l'Abbé. The origins of Sées are therefore tripartite: Roman, feudal and monastic.

During the wars of religion, the city is plundered by Montgommery.

At the time of the Revolution, Sées had five parishes. The Comte de Provence, the future Louis XVIII, had his tutor appointed, Monseigneur du Plessis d'Argentré, bishop of Sées. It fills the region with its benefits and builds a majestic episcopal palace.

Today, Sées is one of the four chief towns of the canton of France, which is the seat of a bishopric. The episcopal city has kept over the centuries the charm of small towns by integrating in its landscape, amenities useful for everyday life. Sées is named in 2018 "Small City of character of the Orne".

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude48.6059190 (N 48° 36’ 21”)
Longitude0.1726250 (E 0° 10’ 21”)
AltitudeFrom 170m to 321m
Surface area40.31 km²
Population4659 inhabitants
Density115 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureAlençon (23 km, 24 min)
Insee code61464
IntercommunalityCC des Sources de l'Orne

Nearest cities & towns

La Chapelle-près-Sées4.7 km (8 min)
Aunou-sur-Orne4.8 km (7 min)
Macé4.9 km (8 min)
Chailloué5.7 km (7 min)
Neauphe-sous-Essai5.9 km (9 min)
Belfonds6 km (8 min)
Mortrée8.2 km (8 min)
Bursard8.6 km (13 min)
Trémont8.8 km (10 min)
Gâprée9.4 km (9 min)
Le Château-d'Almenêches9.4 km (12 min)
Boitron9.4 km (16 min)
Essay9.5 km (11 min)
Saint-Gervais-du-Perron9.6 km (13 min)
Le Bouillon10 km (14 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres

Events and festivities

Sunday on the Banks of the Orne : French Quarter


Canonical Chapel
Canonical Chapel
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Cathedral of Sées
Cathedral of Sées
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Town Hall
Town Hall
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Remains of Saint-Pierre church
Remains of Saint-Pierre church
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Notre-Dame Cathedral
Notre-Dame Cathedral
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Tuesday 9 august
Min. 14°C - Max. 30°C
Wednesday 10 august
Min. 16°C - Max. 33°C
Thursday 11 august
Min. 18°C - Max. 33°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
William the Conqueror's castle for children
Culture and education5 € to 15 € Falaise (42 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The greenway of Saosnois: a territory to discover!
HikeEasy3h25Saint-Longis (32 km)
Beef Road
HikeEasy3h45Jauzé (46 km)
Discovering Bonnétable
HikeEasy55 minBonnétable (51 km)
Circuit vtc Bonnétable, Terrehault, Jauzé, Courcemont, Beaufay, Briosne lès Sands
All-terrain bike itineraryIntermediate1h35Bonnétable (51 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals



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