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Architecture of France

24 November 2009

Pont Wilson, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

Crossing the River Loire, is the elegant Pont Wilson. Known locally as the pont de pierre (stone bridge), it is an exact replica of the original 18th century bridge which collapsed in a...

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...

24 November 2009

Musée de Beaux-Arts, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

Imposing house close to the Cathedral which has been converted to house the Musée de Beaux-Arts. Formerly the Bishop’s Palace for the neighbouring cathedral.

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...

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,...

23 November 2009

1576 – Chateau Chenonceau, Indre-et-Loire, France

Chenonceau is probably the most famous chateau in the Loire valley. Built over the river Cher, the chateau is surrounded by water. The original chateau on this site was demolished by Thomas Bohier...

23 November 2009

15th C. – Chateau Amboise, Indre-et-Loire, France

The Chateau of Amboise, built by order of Charles VIII, Louis XII and François I between the 15th and 16th centuries was one of the first truly “royal” residences. Built on a rocky...

23 November 2009

Le Clos Luce, Amboise, Indre-et-Loire, France

King Francis I invited Leonardo da Vinci to spend the last years of life in Amboise which was then the seat of the court of France. In autumn 1516 Leonardo arrived in Amboise....