Nearly 2,000 years of history separate the Gallo-Roman wall from the 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit. At the heart of influences in medieval times, innovative in the 19th and 20th centuries , Sarthe has a heritage within everyone’s reach. Walk in the footsteps of the Plantagenêts dynasty in Le Mans and visit the Royal Abbey of Épau founded by Queen Bérengère, widow of Richard Coeur de Lion. Discover the Château du Lude, the last Loire castle to still be inhabited. Passionate about contemporary art? Admire the eclectic collection of the Fonds International d’Art Actuel and the surprising exhibitions of the Prieuré de Vivoin.