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Located on the Sarthe River, Le Mans is a city in the Sarthe département, in the Pays de la Loire region of France. As of the 1999 census, Le Mans had a population of 146,105.
Le Mans has a very ancient history, and is mentioned by Ptolemy (second century AD) as the Roman city of Vindinium. Traces of the Roman period include an amphitheater, built in the 3rd century AD, which is still visible to this day. Additionally, not quite as old, but definitely worth seeing are the well-perserved old town (known as "Cité Plantagenêt," or "Vieux Mans"), and the impressive cathedral ("Cathédrale St-Julien du Mans").
Le Mans is, of course, most famous for its connection to motorsports. There are in fact two separate racing tracks in the city, although they do share certain portions of their routes. The tracing tracks are:-
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