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Alençon is a commune in Normandy, France, capital of the Orne department. It is situated 173km west of Paris. Alençon belongs to the intercommunality of Alençon (with 52,000 people).HistoryThe name of Alençon is first recorded in a document dated in the seventh century. During the tenth century, Alençon was a buffer state between Normandy and the Maine regions. In 1049-1051, William Duke of Normandy, later known as William the Conqueror and king of England, laid siege to the town, which had risen in support of the Count of Anjou along with two other towns of the Bellême estates, Domfront (then in Maine) and Bellême (held directly from King Henry I of France). According to Duke William's chaplain and panegyrist, William of Poitiers, the citizens insulted William by hanging animal skins from the walls, in reference to his ancestry as the illegitimate son of Duke Robert and a tanner's daughter. On capturing the town, William had a number of the citizens' hands and feet cut off in revenge. Alençon was occupied by the English during the Anglo-Norman wars of 1113 to 1203.The city became the seat of a dukedom in 1415, belonging to the sons of the King of France until the French Revolution, and some of them played important roles in French history: see Duke of Alençon. The French Revolution caused relatively little disorder in this area although there were some royalist uprisings nearby.
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Hidden gems in Alencon

Musee des Beaux-arts et de la Dentelle ©
Art Museum
Musee des Beaux-arts et de la Dentelle
Duration: 1h 30 min
Maison Natale de Sainte Therese ©
Religious Site
Maison Natale de Sainte Therese
Duration: 1h 30 min
Parc des Promenades ©
Parc des Promenades
Duration: 1h 30 min
Basilique Notre-Dame d'Alencon ©
Architectural Building
Basilique Notre-Dame d'Alencon
Duration: 30 minutes

Side trips from Alencon

Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant ©
Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant Falaise
Duration: 1h 30 min
Sanctuaire Sainte Therese
Sanctuaire Sainte Therese Ville de Lisieux
Duration: 1h 30 min
Chateau de Maintenon ©
Chateau de Maintenon Maintenon
Duration: 1h 30 min
Le Bois des Aigles ©
Wildlife Area
Le Bois des Aigles Balines
Duration: 2h 30 min

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Halle au Ble ©
Architectural Building
Halle au Ble
Duration: 1h 30 min
Les Thermes De Gaia ©
Les Thermes De Gaia
Duration: 1h 30 min
Chateau des Ducs d'Alencon ©
Chateau des Ducs d'Alencon
Duration: 30 minutes
La Maison a L'Etal
Architectural Building
La Maison a L'Etal
Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Alencon

Eglise Saint-Leonard
Eglise Saint-Leonard
Duration: 1h 30 min

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