A many-faceted heritage

The label ‘Town or Region of Art and History’ is awarded to districts that commit to active measures to preserve their identity through their cultural, natural and industrial heritage.

  • Le château de Sainte-Suzanne et le CIAP

    Le château de Sainte-Suzanne et le musée (CIAP)

    © Photo : Dominique Vernier

  • Château de Mayenne

    Château de Mayenne

    © Photo : Jean-Charles Druais

  • Forteresse de Jublains

    Forteresse de Jublains

    © Photo : Dominique Vernier

  • Entrées de grotte à Saulges

    Entrées de grotte à Saulges

    © Photo : Dominique Vernier

  • point de vue sur le canyon de Saulges

    point de vue sur le canyon de Saulges

    © Photo : Mayenne Tourisme

  • Vue aérienne du canyon de Saulges

    Vue aérienne du canyon de Saulges

    © Photo : Prisma

  • Basilique d'Evron

    Basilique d'Evron

    © Photo : J.B. Deguara

  • Lassay-les-Châteaux - château fort de Lassay

    Lassay-les-Châteaux - château fort de Lassay

    © Photo : Jean-Charles Druais

Here are three figures that will give you a clear picture of the outstanding character of the Coëvrons-Mayenne Region of Art and History:
- 1,000 square kilometres
- 5 major sites: Mayenne Castle, the Saulges Caves, Jublains Roman Town, the Basilica of Evron, and Sainte-Suzanne Château.
- 400,000 years of history

Natural Heritage
Saulges Caves and Canyon
The Coëvrons hills, the last signs of the Armorican massif and the typical 'bocage'  landscape of fields and hedges, are characteristic of the Coëvrons-Mayenne Region of Art and History.
The characteristic feature of the Erve valley, listed as a ‘Zone Natura 2000’, is the steep gorge through which the river flows to form a small canyon.
The presence of a network of some 20 caves and rock shelters in the Saulges Canyon makes this site exceptional, especially since there is evidence of human presence since prehistoric times. At present two of the caves are open to visitors.

Cultural Heritage
Jublains Roman town
It was a Gaulish tribe known as the Diablintes who founded a sanctuary on the site of Jublains .
After the conquest of Gaul by Julius Cæsar, Jublains became a Roman capital under the name of Noviodunum.
Today, the many finds that have been unearthed make Jublains a Gallo-Roman archaeological site of prime importance.

Mayenne Castle
In the Carolingian period a palace was built on the rocky spur that overlooks the river, using materials brought from Jublains.
As time went by, this palace underwent many changes, but today it is one of the best-preserved early medieval secular buildings in Europe.
The building has a museum in its main courtyard.

Basilica of Evron
The Basilica of Evron is a jewel of medieval architecture, since it has been rebuilt several times without completely destroying the earlier structures.
Thus it provides a true panorama of medieval religious architecture, from the earliest Romanesque art to the 14th century.

Sainte-Suzanne Château
Sainte-Suzanne has a keep which evolved from the defensive castle mounds or ‘mottes’ of the Middle Ages, together with a 16th-century dwelling built by Guillaume Fouquet de la Varenne.
The château, which is open to visitors and has recently been renovated, has an extension in contemporary style that houses a Centre for Interpretation of Architecture and Heritage (CIAP).

More info

  • Pascal TRÉGAN
  • Centre administratif Jean Monnet
  • 25 rue de la Maillarderie
  • 53000 Laval
  •  +33 (0)2 43 59 96 02
  • E-mail

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