Cholet has a Museum of Art and History. It is divided into two parts. The first, dedicated to history, traces the town’s past from the Middle Ages to the present day, with a special focus on the War in the Vendée which significantly affected the region. The second displays works of contemporary artists.
The Textile Museum is found in an old laundry plant. It is evidence of Cholet’s fabric industry, which used to support the town.
The Church of the Sacré Cœur is in a Roman-Byzantine style. Its construction began in 1937 thanks to numerous donations. Its chiming clock, initially made up of 39 bells, was renovated recently.
The Notre-Dame Church is listed as a historical monument. To begin with, it was a priory. Over the centuries, it grew until it ended up becoming the church it is today.
It was used notably as a stable and a prison during the Revolution. At the end of the 19th century, the bell towers were finally finished and today are 65 metres high. The Saint-Pierre Church was built in the 11th century. It endured several fires and was rebuilt. In 1933, it was crowned with a statue of St Peter, weighing 850kg!
To see/To do in Cholet
You can discover the town during an urban stroll. It will take you past the Place Rougé, the Place Travot, the Jardin du Mail and also past the private mansions. Pause to look at the facade of the old theatre. An architectural curiosity in Cholet, the salt store was built in the 16th century. It is a tower in which taxed salt was stored. Hiking routes have been marked out, for walking or mountain biking. Climbing walls have also been set up in the heart of nature, on the outskirts of Cholet.