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Architecture of Centre

24 November 2009

1843 – Palais de Justice, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

The Palais de Justice is one of two important buildings on the semicircular Place Jean Jaurès – the other is the Hôtel de Ville designed by Victor Laloux. This Beaux Arts influenced building...

23 October 2009

1872 – Grand Theatre, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

Architect: Léon Rohard Hidden away in a maze of narrow streets. it is difficult to appreciate the exterior design of the Grand Theatre. The interior is suitably ornate and imposing with balconies and...

24 November 2009

1896 – Railway Station, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

Architect: Victor Laloux The fabulous railway station was designed by Victor Laloux for the Compagnie d’Orléans railway company. He also designed their terminus in Paris, the Gare D’Orsay. The railway shed consists of...

24 November 2009

1896-1924 – Basilique St Martin, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

Architect: Victor Laloux Built over the tomb of St Martin, the basilica is much smaller that its predessor which was destroyed at the end of the 18th century. Two towers remain of this...

23 November 2009

1904 – Hotel de Ville, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

Architect: Victor Laloux A very elegant Beaux-Arts style Hôtel de Ville in a prominent site along one of Tours tree lined boulevards. The Hôtel de Ville is one of two important buildings on...

22 November 2009

1930s – Printemps, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

An unusual looking department store in the main shopping district of Tours. This Printemps store has Art Deco touches but is poorly maintained.

23 November 2009

1993 – Vinci Centre, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

Architect: Jean Nouvel Placed across the square from Laloux’s railway station, the Vinci Centre is a small convention centre. Surrounded by streets on two sides and a small public park on the third,...

11 September 2012

Chateau de Blois, Loire, France

The Royal Château de Blois, residence of several French kings, is located in the center of the town of Blois. In 1429, Joan of Arc was blessed here by the Archbishop of Reims...

24 November 2009

Chateau de Tours, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

Unlike many of the chateaux of the Loire valley, Chateau de Tours is a plain building with two towers. One of these is plain finished while the other has more ornate corbelling.


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