One of France’s Most Beautiful Villages
At the heart of the Alpes Mancelles listed site, between river and rock, Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei draws its charm from its houses built of local stone – roussard sandstone – perched on the cliffs and along the Sarthe river. The village owes its origins to a hermit, Céneri, who founded a monastery in the 7th century.
The present-day church built on the rocky spur replaced the one built by the founder. It boasts remarkable paintings, the oldest of which may date back to the 12th century. Throughout the Middle Ages, the village’s geographical location, on the border between Maine and Normandy regions, made it a highly coveted site.
Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei has been awarded “Plus Beaux Villages de France®” and “Petite Cité de Caractère®” labels.