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Architecture of France

24 November 2009

13th C. – Eglise St-Julien, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

This 13th century church was built on the site of an earlier building – a church dating from the 6th century. An austere exterior masks a gothic interior that does not have the...

24 November 2009

15th C. – Hótel Goüin, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

Now containing the Sociétë Archéologique de Touraine, the Hótel Goüin is a fine Renaissance style mansion in the oldest part of the city. Built by René Gardette a rich silk merchant, it was...

24 November 2009

Remains of Basilica, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

This is part of the remains of the massive medieval basilica. Other parts of the building can also be observed including Charlemange’s Tower. The sheer scale of this church can only be appreciated...

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.

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...