Le Mans, France - 1895 - Le Mans
Le Mans, leh möN" (anc. Suindinum, afterwards Ceno mani), a town of France, capital of the department of Sarthe, on the ridge and slope of a hill washed by the Sarthe, which is here crossed by 3 bridges, 130 miles by rail S.W. of Paris. The lower part of the town, near the banks of the river, is poorly built, with streets narrow and winding. The upper part has a much better appearance: the streets are spacious; and the market-place, into which most of them open, is large and handsome. The principal building is the cathedral, a fine Gothic structure, with a very old choir. The other edifices deserving of notice are the churches of Notre Dame and L'Ancienne Visitation, the prefecture, library, and museum, including a picture gallery, all occupying part of the buildings of an old monastery, the theatre, and cavalry barracks. The principal manufactures are linen, coarse woollens, lace, hosicry, paper, leather, and wax candles. The trade in clover- and lucerne seed is extensive. Le Mans is the see of a bishop, and possesses courts of first resort and commerce, an agricultural and scientific society, a communal college, a diocesan semi nary, and a school of design. It is a place of great antiquity, and is said to have been founded in the second century by the Romans, of whose buildings many vestiges still remain. It was taken by William the Conqueror in the eleventh century, and long continued in the possession of the English, whose king, Henry II., was born in it. In the Revolutionary war the Vendéans sustained one of their worst defeats here. Pop. (1891) 51,405.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
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