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Alençon

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Added on 26 May 2015,

last edited by »biroto-Redaktion« on 12 Apr 2018

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Type of sights

Old town

 

Name and address

Alençon

FR-61000 Alençon

Geodetic coordinates

48.430008 0.088820

Communication

Château des ducs, Alençon
Château des ducs, Alençon
Basilique Notre-Dame, Alençon
Basilique Notre-Dame, Alençon
Maison d’Ozé, Alençon
Maison d’Ozé, Alençon
Halle au blé, Alençon
Halle au blé, Alençon

Alençon (French pronunciation: [a.lɑ̃.sɔ̃]) is a commune in Normandy, France, capital of the Orne department.

Understand

Alençon is a restored gem. A visit is like travelling through time. Among its centuries-old highlights are the circular wheat market, home to exhibitions beneath its magnificent glass dome; the Halle aux Toiles, now a meeting venue; and the recently restored Jesuit church. Cobbled streets lead you from the town centre to the medieval quarter nearby, passing half timbered houses, Notre Dame Church, the Dukes' castle and the Town Hall.

Some may have heard of Point d'Alençon a rare needle point lace making technique that originated in Alençon. UNESCO have included the craftsmanship of Alençon needle lace-makingin the "Representative List of the Cultural Heritage of Humanity". Genuine Alençon lace is expensive and a lot of the lower cost offerings are machine made imitations often from China. True Alençon lace is hand made and takes many hours of work to make even a sq cm.

See

  • Château des Ducs d'Alençon, Duke's Castle. Château des Ducs d'Alençon on Wikipedia (updated Apr 2017)
  • Basilica of Notre-Dame d'Alençon. Daily 09:00-18:00. Free. Basilica of Notre-Dame d'Alençon on Wikipedia (updated Apr 2017)
  • L'Eglise des Jésuites, pl Foch, 61014 Alençon. Tu 13:30:18:00. W 10:00-12:00 & 13:30-18:00. Th 13:30-18:00. Fr 13:30-18:30. Sa 10:00-17:00. Free. (updated Apr 2017)
  • Musée des Beaux-arts et de la Dentelle d'Alençon (Museum of Fine Arts and Lace of Alençon), Cour Carrée de la Dentelle, 61000 Alençon, +33 2 33 32 40 07. The National Lace Workshops is next door to the museum and sells small samples of Alençon lace in the museum shop. 4.10€ (reduced and group rates available). Musée des Beaux-arts et de la Dentelle d'Alençon on Wikipedia (updated Apr 2017)
  • Maison à l'Étal, 10 rue de la Porte-de-la-Barre, 61000 Alençon. (updated Apr 2017)
  • Maison d'Ozé
  • Halle aux Blés

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Added on 26 May 2015,

last edited by »biroto-Redaktion« on 12 Apr 2018