Map Pays de la Loire France for Printing

The Pays de la Loire region in France is known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and picturesque landscapes.

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Here is a detailed description of some of the historic places, buildings, streets, and squares in the region:


  1. Château des Ducs de Bretagne (Castle of the Dukes of Brittany): This medieval castle served as the residence for the Dukes of Brittany. It features a unique blend of medieval defensive architecture and elegant Renaissance design.
  2. Cathédrale Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul (Nantes Cathedral): A beautiful Gothic cathedral located in the heart of Nantes. Its construction spanned several centuries, resulting in a fascinating mix of architectural styles.
  3. Île de Nantes (Nantes Island): This former industrial area has been transformed into a cultural and artistic hub. The Machines of the Isle of Nantes, including the famous Great Elephant, are major attractions.
  4. Place du Commerce: A central square surrounded by elegant 18th-century buildings. It’s a lively area with shops, cafes, and a bustling atmosphere.


  1. Château d’Angers (Angers Castle): This massive fortress is known for its distinctive 14th-century Apocalypse Tapestry, one of the oldest and largest surviving medieval tapestries.
  2. Cathédrale Saint-Maurice d’Angers (Angers Cathedral): A Romanesque and Gothic cathedral with stunning stained glass windows and intricate sculptures.
  3. La Doutre: This historic district on the banks of the Maine River is known for its charming medieval streets, half-timbered houses, and artisan workshops.

Le Mans:

  1. Cathédrale Saint-Julien du Mans (Le Mans Cathedral): A masterpiece of French Gothic architecture, known for its impressive stained glass windows and Romanesque elements.
  2. Circuit de la Sarthe (Le Mans Racing Circuit): Famous for hosting the 24 Hours of Le Mans, one of the most prestigious endurance races in the world.
  3. Vieux Mans (Old Town): A well-preserved medieval quarter with narrow cobblestone streets, timber-framed houses, and the charming Place Saint-Pierre.


  1. Château de Saumur (Saumur Castle): Overlooking the Loire River, this castle has a mix of medieval and Renaissance architecture and houses the Musée des Blindés, a tank museum.
  2. Cadre Noir (National School of Horsemanship): Known for its classical equestrian training, this institution is a showcase of the French tradition of horsemanship.
  3. Place Saint-Pierre: A lively square surrounded by cafes and restaurants, providing a perfect spot to soak in the local atmosphere.


  1. Musée d’Art et d’Histoire (Museum of Art and History): Housed in a former textile factory, this museum showcases the history and art of Cholet, particularly focusing on its textile industry.
  2. Parc du Puy du Fou: While not in Cholet itself, this historical theme park is a must-visit. It offers spectacular live shows depicting different historical periods.

These are just a few highlights, and the Pays de la Loire region has many more charming towns, historic sites, and cultural landmarks waiting to be explored.

Author: Kirill Shrayber, Ph.D.

I have been working with vector cartography for over 25 years, including GPS, GIS, Adobe Illustrator and other professional cartographic software.

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