is a commune
of the Sarthe département
, on the banks of the Loir
river. Population (2007): 17,083. The Prytanée National Militaire
is located in La Flèche.
Heritage and places of interest
The Fléchois region reveals its remarkable architectural heritage through rough fortresses and elegant manor houses. The Romanesque style is still present in the region : all along villages, churches and chapels from the XI and XII centuries invite you to push their door and to come in.
- The National Military Prytanée, is a Royal College founded by Henry IV in 1603. It became the Military Prytanée in 1808. Nowadays it prepares students for the baccalaureate and competitive entrance examinations for military high schools.
- The Zoological Park of La Flèche, nestled in a naturally wooded site, the zoological park (over 1200 animals) presents dazzling shows featuring eared seals, parrots, and falconry on horseback. One of the most important in France.
- The lake of La Monnerie, this lake (160 acres) is a pleasant place for leisure offering a beach with supervised bathing, a fitness course and natural protected areas.
- The "Notre Dame des Vertus" chapel. Dating back to the eleventh century, this chapel was rebuilt in the seventeenth century by the Jesuits of the college of La Flèche.
- The Fouquet de la Varenne's side pavilion
- "Moulin de la Bruère", situated on the Loir River, the site is still making flour, electricity, and ice blocks for cooling. It is the last mill to still produce blocks of ice in France.
- "Theatre de la Halle au Blé", an Italian-style theatre (1839).
La Flèche is is twinned with the following towns: