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Strategic point between Normandy and the Maine region

The town boasts a rich heritage: Romanesque gateway, feudal motte, halles, Romanesque bridge dominated by an 11th-century castle.

Discover the history of the Maine region

in Beaumont-sur-Sarthe

The history of Beaumont-sur-Sarthe, known until the French Revolution as Beaumont-le-Vicomte, is directly linked to the history of the Counts of the Maine region who, wanting to prevent themselves from Norman incursions, made the town a stronghold.

Installed on a hillside overlooking the Sarthe river, the town, defended on one side by the “old keep” and on the other by the motte, grew over the centuries.

Still preserved today are the narrow, winding streets, part of the old castle, the Romanesque bridge and the church, which underwent numerous alterations, the most unusual was perhaps the reversal of the chancel in the 17th century, with the choir now facing west.

Not to be missed

The Town Hall's terraced garden

Dominated by the De Perrochel family’s former 18th-century town house, now the town hall, this garden is ideal for strolling. It features a mix of local trees and shrubs, as well as a remarkable rose garden, complete with small bridges, kiosks, etc. The garden is open to the public during the day only.


in Beaumont-sur-Sarthe

A local personality

Albert Maignan,
painter and illustrator

Albert Maignan, born on October 14th, 1845 in Beaumont-sur-Sarthe, which he left to study law in Paris. He quickly developed a passion for painting, and devoted his entire life to it. Recognized for his work, he exhibited regularly at the Salon des Artistes Français and won numerous awards. The tapestries in the grand salon of the French Senate were executed according to his cartoons and bear his signature. He died on September 29th, 1908 in Saint-Prix.