The city was ambushed by the Normans in 1063. After the death of Wilhelm II Le Mans was conquered by the Plantagenets. Starting from that period the history of Le Mans was tightly connected with the history of the British dynasty that ruled this place until 1399. The king of France John II Kind was born here.
The local cathedral is also the location of the relics of the Count of Anjou Geoffrey V the Handsome, the father of the king of England Henry II Plantagenet and Queen Verengaria – the wife of Richard the Lion Heart.
As soon as Man earldom joined the territory of France, it had to cope with numerous troubles. First Le Mans was damaged by religious wars, and then it became the arena for bloody battles between the revolutionists and counter-revolutionaries. It was conquered by the Germans in French-Prussian war. Later German troops took Le Mans once again during World War II.
After the war the city was renovated for many years to bring back its traditional architecture. The city features several architectural sights that reflect various epochs. Here you can see half-timbered houses and mansions made of stone and built in the Renaissance style. Saint-Julien Cathedral built in the 12th century features mostly gothic look. However, the architects of the building made the portal in the Roman style, while the arches of the church that cross nave have the Anjou type of building. A large stained-glass window that features the Holy Mother of God is also very interesting.