History has left its mark on the town of Cholet through buildings of architectural and sociological interest, from imposing public edifices to the most humble workers' cottages.
The 3 bell towers
has the air of a cathedral with its vertiginous spires, while the Sacré-Cœur
stands out for its uncommon architectural style. Both churches are listed by the French Historic Monument Society. The latter is also noted for having one of France's largest sets of church bells in its clock tower.
Another landmark is the church of St Pierre, with a statue of the Saint at its apex weighing 134 stone.
St Louis Theatre
The curved silhouette of this contemporary theatre and concert hall gracefully suggests the elegant curves of a grand piano.
Former Municipal Theatre
Inaugurated in 1886, this imposing Neo-classical building adds grandeur to the town's main square.
Former Town Hall
This rather grand building has been transformed into a characterful restaurant and bar, La Brasserie du Grand Café, that is now a veritable institution on the Cholet social circuit.
Textile Workers' Cottages
The architecture of these humble stone dwellings is typical of the Cholet region and these workers' cottages can be spotted throughout the town centre. You'll be charmed by these traditional houses that reflect the region's textile manufacturing past.
Blanchisserie de la Rivière Sauvageau - Former Cloth Bleaching Factory
Take the time to visit this fascinating former industrial building that has been completely renovated, without losing any of its historic appeal. In former times the town's woven textiles were bleached here, and appropriately enough, it now houses the town's Textile and Fashion Museum.