Mayenne in the dep 53 of the Mayenne in the region of Pays de la Loire!

Again the need to go out into the wonderful France, and especially near my area in Brittany. This time went a bit further into departément 53 , Mayenne is the city. I go by here a lot on my rounds but decided to come with the family on a wonderful 14th of February.Happy Valentine’s to all.

The tourist office for Mayenne is here : Tourist office of Mayenne on heritage things to see

The city was part of the  province of the Maine before the French revolution and later split into two départements of the Mayenne and Sarthe.  The city now has no train service but from Laval, and bus service between the two. We went there by car on the N24 past Rennes on the N157 that becomes D57 and goes direct into Mayenne. We park by the Remparts parking just behind the Hôtel de Ville.Sundays are free.

The main to see here is the river banks of the Mayenne river , now a bit overflowing, the Castle and the Basilica of Notre Dame des Miracles. Some other interesting buildings such as the Theater, and the Pont (J.D. )Mac Racken, a bridge named after the American soldier who save it from explosion by throwing himself of the detonation that allow allies troops mostly American to cross and chase the Nazis further. IN memoriam , the bridge is named after him. Also, the Hôtel Chappedelaine  and the Hôtel Montpinçon both at Place de Cheverus.

The Basilica is from the 12,16,and 19C with a nice interior statue of the Our Lady of Miracles Inside and very nice high vaulted ceilings and chapels. The stained glass were completely destroyed during bombings of WWII and now redone dates from 1952 to 1962. They depict the story of the mysteries of the life of Christ and the Virgin Mary.

The castle museum now host a nice museum and the castle is from the 10C and onwards. We went around it as this month is closed.  They do temp expositions and events. IN addition, you can go and see the wonderful terrace and garden in the back thru a steep street on the side and up the stairs, nice view of the city and a quiet family place with children playground and a music kiosk house.

In all , a nice city to stop by on your rounds in Pays de la Loire region and visiting a smallish town for the real feel of France. I will continue to pass by it and perhaps visit again. Enjoy it!

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