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Poitiers

Country
France
State
Vienne
City
Poitiers
Type of Location
Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By air

Poitiers' international airport (Aeroport de Poitiers-Biard) offers daily connections from:

London, from Stansted with Ryanair, the flight takes a little over an hour,
Lyon, a major French hub.

By train

The journey from Paris (Montparnasse station) to Poitiers takes 90min on the TGV, high speed train. Upon arrival, the city centre is straight ahead out of the station, on the top of the hill.

By car

Halfway between Paris and Toulouse on the motorway A10, Poitiers can be a nice place to stay for a couple of days on a trip to other destinations in the South West region of France.

Key places to visit
Palace of Poitiers, Notre-Dame la Grande, Poitiers Cathedral, Baptistere Saint-Jean, Futuroscope, The Eglise Saint-Hilaire-le-Grand, Church of Saint-Jean de Montierneuf


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Places to Visit

Palace of Poitiers

The Palace of Justice in Poitiers (French: Palais de justice de Poitiers) began its life as the seat of the Counts of Poitou and Dukes of Aquitaine in the tenth through twelfth centuries.The former Merovingian kingdom of Aquitaine was re-established by Charlemagne for his son Louis the Pious; in the 9th century, a palace was constructed or reconstructed for him, one among many, above a Roman wall datable to the late 3rd century, at the highest spot of the town. Louis stayed there many times as a king and then returned to the palace after becoming emperor, in 839 and 840. The palatium was specifically called a palace in the reign of Charles the Bald. After the disintegration of the Carolingian realm, the palace became the seat of the Counts of Poitiers. The first palace of Poitiers was completely destroyed by a fire in 1018.

Notre-Dame la Grande

Notre-Dame la Grande is a Roman Catholic church in Poitiers, France. Having a double status, collegial and parochial, it forms part of the Catholic diocese of Poitiers. The west front adorned with statuary is recognised as a masterpiece of Romanesque religious art. The walls inside the church are painted.The district was already populated in Roman times. The ancient vestiges of a brick and rectangular stone construction can be located near the gutter on the northern wall of the current church.

Poitiers Cathedral

Poiters Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Poitiers, France. It is the seat of the Bishop of Poitiers.Its construction began in 1162 by Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine on the ruins of a Roman basilica, and work was well advanced by the end of the 12th century. It is the largest medieval monument in the city of Poitiers.

Baptistere Saint-Jean

The Baptistère Saint-Jean (Baptistery of St. John) is a religious edifice in Poitiers, France. It is reputed to be the oldest existing Christian building in France and one of the most prominent examples of Merovingian architecture.

Futuroscope

Futuroscope, or Parc du Futuroscope is a French theme park based upon multimedia, cinematographic futoroscope and audio-visual techniques. It has several 3D cinemas and a few 4D cinemas along with other attractions and shows, some of which are the only examples in the world.
It is located in the department of Vienne, 10 kilometres north of Poitiers, on the territory of the communes of Chasseneuil-du-Poitou and Jaunay-Clan.The park had 1.7 million visitors in 2009. In total, 35 million visitors have been to the park since it opened in 1987

The Eglise Saint-Hilaire-le-Grand

The Eglise Saint-Hilaire-le-Grand is a church in Poitiers, France. It was named after Hilary of Poitiers (Hilaire in French).
It dates back to the 11th century. Partially damaged during the French Revolution, it was rebuilt at the end of the 19th century.
It was listed as Monument historique in 1840. It was also listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998, as part of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France.

Church of Saint-Jean de Montierneuf

The Church of Saint-Jean de Montierneuf is a Roman Catholic church in Poitiers, France.
The church was built in the 11th century and is notable for its Romanesque architecture.
It has been listed as a Monument historique since 1840
 

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