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Mortagne-au-Perche

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Orne

Mortagne-au-Perche - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Orne
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The small town of Mortagne-au-Perche has preserved some beautiful heritage from its past as the historic capital of the county of Le Perche. Its places of interest include: Place du Général de Gaulle, the lively centre of town with a corn exchange; the narrow paved streets lined with old houses; the Flamboyant Gothic-style Notre-Dame church which contains 18th-century wood panelling; the charming garden of the town hall with its formal flowerbeds; Saint-Denis gate, a vestige of the old fortifications; and the Maison des Comtes du Perche, which houses the town library and Musée Alain. This museum is dedicated to philosopher Emile-Auguste Chartier, known as Alain, who was born in Mortagne, and has manuscripts, photos, objects and publications on display. Talks about the philosopher (Les Journées Alain) are held there every first weekend of October.

Each third weekend in March, the village speciality – black pudding (blood sausage) – is honoured during a well-known festival, the Foire au Boudin de Mortagne.

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Mortagne-au-Perche

Mortagne-au-Perche, located in the department of Orne and region Basse-Normandie is the county town of the arrondissement. Its inhabitants are the Mortagnais and the Mortagnaises. Located at 250 meters above sea level, the town of Mortagne-au-Perche is a municipality of the Regional Natural Park of Perche.

Mortagne sur Montagne, the most beautiful village in France (popular saying)! Medieval city full of history, Mortagne remains the stronghold of the Counts of Perche and privileged place of the three Countesses. The city has a rich architectural heritage with its 16th century mansions and 18th century private mansions, with many sundials.

The three countesses: Mortagne was the favorite city of the Counts of Perche and especially of their wives who liked to devote themselves to charity: Mahaut of Bavaria (1172-1210), founder of the Collegiate of Toussaint whose crypt remains, Marie of Armagnac (1420-1473), wife of the companion of Joan of Arc, the "Gentile Duke" John II of Alençon; Marguerite de Lorraine (1463-1521) with her husband the Duke René d'Alençon participated in the construction of the church Notre-Dame and the convent St François.

Mortagne offers a wide choice of shops, crafts, not to mention its Saturday market with its local and regional products.

Altitude 255 m - Paris at 145 km - SNCF at L'Aigle, at 32 km - Condé-sur-Huisne at 30 km, Alençon at 38 km, Caen at 115 km, Le Mans at 70 km, Rouen at 125 km - -prefecture.

Gastronomic specialty: black pudding.

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Painted on the slope of the hill, Mortagne, now a sub-prefecture, was during the last centuries of the monarchy the administrative capital of the Perche. Not having suffered materially from the cruelties of war, it has been able to preserve its monuments and its architectural riches. Mortagne harbors treasures, humble dwellings clustered in clusters, private mansions, houses with brown and red tiles, dappled with dormer windows. Wrenches of rocaille style windows, forged iron balconies, give its cachet to this inimitable city.

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Grain Halle
Grain Halle
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Door of Saint-Denis
Door of Saint-Denis
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Church of Our Lady
Church of Our Lady
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Arrival in Mortagne
Arrival in Mortagne
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